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Fostering Social Justice in Higher Education

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As the pace of change continues to accelerate, higher education leaders are now under constant pressure to respond to social justice issues within their campuses and surrounding communities. To my generation, education is viewed as the “great equalizer,” but this promise of equality cannot be achieved when fundamental injustice exists.

To fulfill the equalizer promise, institutions must view their institutions’ future in a whole new way. As demands to address social justice inequities are increasingly likely to become a part of the new normal in American higher education, institutions must become more intentional with their approaches to address social justice issues within the academy. With all the places where social justice disparities are present, institutions must strive to break down social injustice barriers as a part of their business models. So, today’s environment requires universities to not only be able to sustain solid social justice-minded cultures but also be able to stay a step ahead of major issues in uncharted waters. Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail In this brief article, I argue that recognizing and shifting expectations is vital in addressing social injustice in higher education. With an ever-increasing diverse student population, higher educational leaders must step away from traditional […]

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