"Social justice is recognizing and acting upon the power that we have for making positive change. Teachers do this every day in many ways. And, in order to take that idea to the next level, teachers might include classroom practices that will make this dynamic explicit.” 
Tabitha Dellangelo

Social Justice Certificate of Completion

Students learn best when they feel safe, valued and included. UW-La Crosse’s Social Justice Certificate of Completion will help you support student learning by creating environments which value students’ identities, provide a safe setting for student voices and utilize the richness of student experience to enhance the curriculum.

Curriculum

The Social Justice program introduces participants to the concept of social justice and equity in education and fosters their understanding of how schools as institutions both reflect and reinforce the social factors that shape and perpetuate social inequities.

Participants will sharpen their awareness of individual and institutional discrimination and privilege while learning the importance of intersectionality (how social identities intersect and overlap). They will investigate personal identities and positionality both within these identities, and within larger systems of power. Building on that foundation, educators will learn how the interplay of identities such as race, class, sex, gender, ability and socio-economic status affects student learning.

Educators also will develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of these foundational principles by using a case-based approach to examine social justice in education. Real-life situations of social inequities in school settings will help them identify and reflect upon common discriminatory attitudes and behaviors related to student and teacher identities. They will select a social justice issue existing in their current setting as the basis of their Praxis Project, the program’s culminating activity. This project will encourage educators to synthesize their learning and to apply critical and reflective skills to address the specific equity concern they identify, and to implement socially just practices to rectify it.