SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE AT THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL RESEARCH OF BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

Vision

The Social Justice Initiative (SJI) of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research of Bryn Mawr College envisions a global society of just and peaceful families and communities where everyone can reach their highest potential and have access to life-long resources to live as valued and contributing citizens.

Mission    

Through the integration of participatory research, education, and community-based service, the SJI is committed to advancing the knowledge, values, and skills of those who seek to co-create a more just world for themselves and our communities.

Overarching Goals

  • Identify the core components of the concept and practice of social justice to deepen ourunderstanding;
  • Convene conversations to construct and communicate the tools, techniques, and strategies to make these core components actionable in everyday lives of individuals and families, and within their organizations and communities;
  • Develop a comprehensive narrative for talking about social justice.

Core Beliefs

  • All life is interconnected and deserves to be valued;
  • Everyone has the capacity to lead and be a teacher-learner;
  • Acts of injustice are learned behaviors;
  • The components of social justice can be taught, learned, embodied, and enacted within and among individuals and communities;
  • Self and other forgiveness and compassion are part of the healing process;
  • Healing and reconciliation within and among individuals and communities are alternatives to vengeance, violence, destruction, and turmoil and steps on a journey toward social justice.