Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Welcome to the Wabash Center's blog series:
Teaching for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Blog/Vlog writers will address such questions as:

  • What methods and strategies are effective for teaching against Islamophobia?
  • How does one engage difficult questions about social justice in contemporary classrooms?
  • What have I learned about student learning as it relates to the topic?
  • What are important considerations when designing courses and teaching in relation to questions of social justice and civic engagement?
  • How are faculty able to engage in questions of student formation as they intersect social justice and civic engagement? 
  • What fosters or impedes student learning for social justice and civic engagement?
  • What discoveries have you made as a teacher about the issues you routinely face in teaching for social justice and civic engagement?

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I’m teaching about race more and more these days. That wasn’t my plan. My training is in ancient Greek philosophy and I used to love teaching Aristotle and Plato. But things changed. Ten years ago, the ancient thinkers were great at helping the first-year students at my small ...

Before I address the racism I experienced at Columbia Theological Seminary, I would like to introduce myself to those reading this. My name is DeNoire Henderson, I am a 26-year-old African American woman born and raised outside of Atlanta in two small towns, Stone Mountain and Snellville, GA. I received ...

One photograph: a luminous dark body curved in upon itself, hands pressed to head. One photograph, chosen in haste and shown as part of a recorded lecture in theology class this spring. That’s all it took to bring me face to face with my own racism, and to trigger ...

In my early Caribbean childhood of the 1960s and 1970s after leaving England, the country of my birth, stories surrounded us. Often, they were whispered and overheard in partial, redacted fragments, or they were spit out into the air with force, the words ricocheting off the walls and buildings of ...

In striving to craft a trauma-informed pedagogy while teaching about social justice, my reflections have often circled around a central question: When is it appropriate to use tragic and traumatic current events as examples of injustice in the classroom? I’ve been pondering this question for the last few years, ...

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