Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution

Overview & History

The Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) was formed through the collaborative efforts of students, faculty and staff to provide dedicated physical space and bring together resources for underrepresented and underserved students at Rowan University. A resource to the wider Rowan University community, SJICR develops and implements educational activities, services and programs geared at providing all students opportunities for personal, social, professional, and academic identity development.

This work is done by way of student mentorship through the Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring program; serving as a "home away from home" for students who self-identified as ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American), women, and LGBTQIA+; providing opportunities for student spiritual exploration; and collaborating with University offices and departments to provide workshops and social justice training to staff and faculty.

Mission

The Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution exists to promote an inclusive university community where individuals are empowered to grow in their understanding of identity, social justice, and the skills needed to lead a more just society.

Objectives

  • Provide students and professional staff opportunities to dialogue across difference and develop key social justice and conflict resolution competencies
  • Create opportunities for students to explore their background and identities and how this exploration is relevant to their college and professional success
  • Provide programs and services geared at supporting diverse students
  • Provide college-wide student mentorship programs geared at supporting retention and graduation of underrepresented students
  • Offer students opportunities for leadership, professional development, and civic engagement
  • Assess campus climate and provide ongoing feedback and consultation on ways to promote an inclusive campus environment
  • Assist and support efforts to prevent and respond effectively to bias related incidents

Our Terms Defined

Social Justice

Social justice refers to a concept in which equity or justice is achieved in every aspect of society rather than in only some aspects or for some people. It includes a vision of a society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and the society as a whole (Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice – Adams, Bell, Griffin, 2nd ed., Routledge 2007).

Inclusion

Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions (AAC&U).

Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution will encompass the identification and implementation of dialogic tools that are grounded in:

• Self-awareness
• Local and global diversity and its impact on conflicting ideologies and expression
• Constructive and collaborative strategies that promote individual and group coalitions
• Theoretical constructs to enhance cultural competence and literacy
• Models that stress leaning into conflict and using conflict to grow and transform
• Bridging difference through dialogic processes

Social Identity

Social Identities are group-based identities that are not personal in that they refer to a part of ourselves that we value or are evaluated on based on social categories we belong to. Social identities are shaped by common history, shared experiences, legal and historical decisions, and day-to-day interactions. These identities are socially constructed and are multiple and intersecting in how they are lived; e.g., race, gender, age, religion, nationality, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, physical/developmental/psychological ability, and ethnicity (Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice – Adams, Bell, Griffin, 2nd ed., Routledge 2007).

Cultural Competence

Cultural Competency means having the capacity to understand and competently navigate the systems that define another culture. To be Multicultural Competent, one must be able to traverse one’s self-awareness to realize the experiences of persons and communities that are different from the self to be fluent in more than one culture. This would entail being able to communicate cross-culturally and have a sense of empathy, a deeper understanding and respect for and ability to work with others as an ally despite the contrasting ethnic, religious, political, gender, historical, and personal constructs that define how a person views and experiences the world (Kivel, 2007).

 

 

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Contact Us:

phone: (856) 256-5495
fax: (856) 256-5648
email: socialjustice@rowan.edu

Find Us:

Room 214, Robinson Hall
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028

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