Social Justice Education

Reflections on diversity, social justice, and education. Includes analysis of pop culture, personal reflections, and insights from teaching, scholarship, and research.

Last week I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Kathy Obear‘s book In It For the Long Haul: Overcoming Burnout and Passion Fatigue as Social Justice Change Agents. Her book is out today and available for free download. In It For the Long Haul is a much-needed look at burnout and sustainability […]

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A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Jessica Pettitt’s book Good Enough Now. The book is out today! Good Enough Now is a great book explaining how to really do the personal work to effectively raise awareness and engage in action around diversity, inclusion, and social justice. I really appreciated the […]

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The Book of Joy chronicled a week of conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Dharamsala, India to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. The two spiritual leaders discussed joy based on the similarities and differences in their spiritual traditions and lifetimes facing hardship, violent oppression, and genocide. Douglas Abrams participated […]

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Last week at the ACPA Annual Convention, I was invited by the Commission for Social Justice Educators (CSJE) to share some history of the Commission’s coming into being 11 years ago. I was also invited to share some thoughts on the future of social justice education in higher education. I worked with several other good folks […]

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  Earlier this week I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Kathy Obear‘s book …But I’m Not Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites. …But I’m Not Racist is a wonderful exploration of whiteness, white identity, white supremacy, and anti-racism work from Kathy Obear. Kathy shares her wisdom and insight from decades of experience facilitating workshops […]

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In the spirit of often mocked but often clickable end of the year listicles, here are the top posts from this blog in 2016. #1 Top Post 3 Lessons from Rising Strong by Brené Brown The most clicked and most read was this post summarizing my biggest take aways from a great book. I’m a […]

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Here is a brief recap of most of the books I “read” in 2016. I put “read” in quotes as I listen to most of these via Audible as I workout, commute, or travel. Perhaps you’ll add some of these to your reading list and make a suggestion or two that you think I should […]

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For the past two years, I’ve been exposed to images, video, and stories of brutal beatings and shootings of Black folks, especially men almost always perpetrated by White men and often justified, excused, or legitimized by the systems that claim to provide justice. I also have learned about violence against trans* women of color, Native American […]

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I’ve been learning from the conversations happening through On Being. The opportunity to learn from those doing spiritually grounded social justice work for a lifetime and the wisdom coming from that experience has been helpful in shaping and shifting my social justice work. I recommend many of the On Being podcasts especially these featuring: Thich Nhat Hanh, […]

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Professional conversations (e.g. this Higher Ed Live discussion and this one via Griffith Consulting with Craig Elliott), world events (e.g. election, violence, DAPL), and personal relationships (e.g. neighbor, friend, parent, partner) have me reflecting a great deal on whiteness lately. The metaphor that I keep coming back to in this reflection is that toxic whiteness […]

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