Originally presented to faculty and staff as part of a collaboration between Vernon Wall and myself. This presentation explores how concepts of diversity and social justice intersect with current phenomena in social media.
A Process and A Goal
"The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure." Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. Edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin.
Dominant and Subordinated Group Patterns
Have access to power Need access to power Make the rules, decisions Adapt to rules, decisions Control the resources Need access to resources Define the organizational culture Work to assimilate and fit in to dominant culture Fit into organizational culture Feel out of place Assumed capable Often assumed to be deficient Assumed to belong Viewed as outsiders Approached Suspected Seen as normal Seen as special exception Given the benefit of the doubt Have to earn benefit of doubt Often less aware of differential treatment Often very aware of differential treatment Focus: How far we’ve come Focus: How far we need to go…
What are some of the
patterns/ noticings that are present in your inventory? Identities I’m most conscious of… Identities I’m least conscious of… Where do you struggle? Nationality Gender Race Religion Sexual Orientation Class Ableness Age Others
We no longer exist as
playwrights or actors but as terminals of multiple networks. -Baudrillard (Baudrillard, 1987/2012, p. 23)
BLURRYHYBRIDIZED SATURATED The online proﬁle
“is and is not the user.” (Martínez Alemán & Lynk Wartman, 2009, p. 23) a “rupture” or “a series of decisive far-reaching breaks from the past” (Bloland, 2005, p. 125) an “implosion” or a collapse of boundaries (Baudrillard, 1981/1995) “singularity… a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed” (Kurzweil, 2005)
Conversations… • What resonated with
you from these comments? Connections, Reactions, Thoughts . . . • What do you believe are characteristics of a caring and supportive community? How does this look online? • What can you personally do to make sure that those around you feel that they "matter"? • Based on these comments, what is one thing that you will start doing, one thing that you will stop doing and one thing that you will continue doing in order to make the Longwood campus a welcoming place for all?
• Have done personal work
on subordinated and dominant identities that are not their “primary” ones. • Recognize their strengths and “learning edges.” • Know that culture and identity impact all that we do. • Are humble. • Acknowledge “gradual growth” in others. • Are not afraid to apologize or say: “I don’t know.” • Know that the word “ally” is an adjective/verb - not a noun. • Believe that there is hope and that we each can make a difference. Vernon A. Wall, 2009 Those committed to social justice…
• Recognize that knowing how
to use social media and knowing how to use it well are two different things. • Are constantly listening, learning and connecting • Understand that the online is temporal and ambiguous • Are humble and open. • Understand what is best accomplished online and what is best accomplished offline • Use social media to lift up others • Believe that social media can create meaningful change Those committed to social media justice…
• Communities are built through
building relationships of trust and commitment. • We all are doing the best we can (most of the time) • We don’t know all there is to know. • Just because you are, doesn’t mean you understand. • Oppression is pervasive and impacts us all. • Not our faults, but we must accept responsibility. • Conflict and discomfort are often part of growth. • Seek first to understand, then to be understood. • Practice some forgiveness and letting go. • Self-work, healing and self love are necessary for acceptance of others. • There are no quick fixes. • Individuals and communities do grow and change. • There is HOPE! Rev. Jamie Washington, Ph.D. 2003 Diverse Community Foundations
• Individual Identity and group
membership are always present. • Think about who you want to be online. Know how others may try to define you. • We all have dominant and subordinated identity groups. We also have multiple group memberships. • Think about social media as both a tool and a context. You are entering into communities. • Equal is not necessarily equitable. Review
• Intent vs. Impact •
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but acknowledge them and move forward. • We all have multiple group memberships. Intersectionality. • The online and offline space makes this even blurrier. Review