Case Western Reserve University’s new Social Justice Institute is about “understanding and addressing the root causes of social injustice and developing innovative solutions,” according to Rhonda Y. Williams, the Institute’s founding director and also associate professor of history at the university.
To develop new insights on critical social justice issues that have commanded the past and continue to shape the present, the university Institute will host the two-day Social Justice, Race and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank on Nov. 19 and 20.
The Social Justice Institute and its alliance-based initiatives are an integral part of the university’s five-year strategic plan called Forward Thinking. It has support with seed funding from the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant to advance education, research and community engagement, as well as to inspire the investigation of and develop solutions to societal problems.
Under Williams’ directorship, a leadership team of 12 members, including faculty and staff who represent schools and centers from across campus, are working together to advance the Institute’s work.
Campus leaders will work on and off campus to support innovative and synergistic research, scholarship and pedagogy; build support for social justice; and forge productive relationships across boundaries within the university and with the broader community.
The think tank, which is sponsored in the spirit of Fisk University’s Charles S. Johnson Race Relations Institute, is one way to bring people together to start the conversation, Williams said.
Some highlights of the Social Justice Institute’s think tank include:
Four plenary sessions, one on Friday evening and three others that will run consecutively on Saturday, will examine the countless ways that injustice is manifested through the historic and ongoing profiling of racial and ethnic communities, and provide a forum for discussing lessons learned, as well as methods for challenging such injustices – whether through research, policy, advocacy and social protest, or art.
Event co-sponsors include the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, and the following campus offices and programs: Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Center for Community Partnerships, Center for Social Justice at the Law School, Ethnic Studies Program, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and President’s Advisory Council on Minorities.
The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Tickets for Reagon and Kitwana are $25 for individuals and $50 for patrons. Call 368.2904 to register and for tickets.
All the plenaries are in Ford Auditorium. The keynote lunch address is in Thwing Ballroom. The culminating Saturday night event is at Church of the Covenant.
Posted by: David Wilson, November 4, 2010 11:44 AM | News Topics: Energy
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