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1 Incorporating Social Justice Into Everything WE DO!
Rev. Jamie Washington M.Div., Ph.D. President, The Washington Consulting Group Founding Faculty, Social Justice Training Institute

2 Intentions To deepen the level of authentic dialogue about social justice as a strategic theme for the division of student affairs. To consider key elements and concepts for developing strategic goals related to social justice. To explore the opportunities and challenges for moving forward in the area of social justice. To consider next steps as partners, learners and strategic thinkers as it relates to the strategic theme of social justice.

3 Getting Started What’s up and how are you feeling about being here?
What’s been your experience with issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice issues in the division of student affairs? Hopes/ Hope Nots for our time together…

4 FLOW Getting Started Learning Organizations Guidelines
A Common Language Strategic thinking, learning, partnering and delivery. Key Concepts Wrap up

5 The Washington Consulting Group
Key Concepts Context Content Language is necessary so we can be on the same page. Not that you necessary agree, but know where I am speaking from. What are we trying to accomplish in this multicultural, social justice, diversity, inclusion space? What is our work? Black and white binary – We sometimes perpetuate the binary by not inviting others into the conversation. Multiculturalism often box Social Justice – one up one down must have a problem with that, sometimes I am a member of either group We are good people and still have one up one down work to do Internalize oppression – “writing on the board” Inclusive excellence – underlining assumption is being inclusive means lowering standards. The Washington Consulting Group 5

6 Inclusive Learning Organization Guidelines
Open and Honest Communications Full Participation by all members (at your level of comfort) Speak from personal experience: use “I” statement to share thoughts and feeling Listen respectfully Share air time: encourage others participation Full Presence Being open to New Perspectives Take Risk Respect and Maintain Confidentiality Notice Group Dynamics Recognize your triggers Trust that dialogue will take us to deeper levels of understanding and acceptance. Have Fun

7 Vision and Mission DOSA
We will be full partners in the student learning experience. (The Division of Student Affairs partners with the academic schools/college and other University divisions in alignment with the University’s vision and mission to advance student learning and success.) MISSION  The mission of the Northwestern University Division of Student Affairs is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience. (We pursue our mission through providing learning programs, services, and mentoring to maximize students’ potential, removing barriers to learning, strengthening readiness to learn, and sustaining a safe and healthy Northwestern community.)

8 Value Statement SOCIAL JUSTICE
INTEGRITY * We exercise the highest ethical and professional standards in our advancement of the student learning experience and in relationships with community and external partners. SOCIAL JUSTICE * We commit ourselves to creating a Northwestern community that facilitates full and equal access to learning in and outside the classroom. * We assess our programs, services, and institutional climate to contribute to an equitable and inclusive Northwestern experience. INNOVATION *We look for creative and sustainable approaches to enhance our work, challenge assumptions, and promote strategies to advance student learning and success. *We inspire and are inspired; we infuse energy and passion into the pursuit of our vision and mission. COLLABORATION *We practice open, authentic, and civil communication. We seek first to understand. *We partner with one another, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in a collegial manner that is consistently professional, respectful, and empathic. STEWARDSHIP *We strive to be thoughtful and responsible with our natural and institutional resources, facilities, and spaces.

9 Guiding Principles Commitment to Excellence: Upholding excellence as our ultimate principle in our personal conduct, work, programs, policies, and services. Accountability: Holding ourselves and others responsible to our values and guiding principles and institutional resources. Communication: Consistently listening intently and sharing clear information with internal and external constituents in a timely manner. Curiosity: Asking questions and seeking new approaches and strategies to find solutions and improve programs, policies, and services. Authenticity: Engaging with sincerity and honesty in our interactions and decision making. Intentionality: Making deliberate and strategic decisions that contribute to the welfare of our students, colleagues, and community.

10 DOSA Strategic Themes Strategic Theme 4: Advance Social Justice
Strategic Theme 1: Build Organizational Health We will create a healthy, functional and sustainable Student Affairs organization committed to excellence by continuously improving internal and external communications, technologies, professional development, policies, and procedures. Strategic Theme 2: Enrich the Northwestern Experience We will provide services, programs, shared experiences, and a unifying identity that contributes to a vibrant Northwestern community. Strategic Theme 3: Further Student Learning We will create holistic learning experiences for students outside the classroom, remove barriers to student learning, and provide opportunities for the integration of their learning. We will utilize an attainable and measurable framework for student learning outside the classroom. Strategic Theme 4: Advance Social Justice We will work authentically and ethically to create an inclusive and socially just learning environment for all members of the Northwestern University community. Strategic Theme 5: Foster Purposeful Partnerships We will collaborate with our Student Affairs colleagues, students, faculty colleagues, alumni, departments, and divisions outside of Student Affairs. Strategic Theme 6: Optimize Resources We will continually look for opportunities to attract, align, and maximize resources, and to use them wisely and effectively to improve programs, services, and facilities for students and to strengthen our infrastructure and technology.

11 Achieving social justice is both a process and a goal
Achieving social justice is both 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." Power, Privilege, Entitlement; Internalized Oppression and Dominance Horizontal Hostility In order to Create Equity Reference: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. Edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin.

12 Inclusive Excellence A focus on student, faculty and staff, intellectual and social development. Purposeful development and utilization of organizational resources to enhance student learning. Attention to difference and the value it adds to the academy. A welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning. The Washington Consulting Group

13 Emergence of a New Model of Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs Organizations (MCSAO) Dr. Lacretia Johnson Flash Organizational Culture of Commitment, Encouragement, & Support for Multicultural Engagement Peer/Colleague Influence, Behaviors, & Expectations Clear & Coherent Multicultural Organizational Mission Focus on Gender Identity and Expression, and Sexual Orientation Provision of Multiculturally Inclusive Services Support for & Creation of Diversity/Multicultural Programming and Events Incorporation of Multiculturalism in Strategic & Formal Organizational Practice Multicultural Recruitment Practices LACRETIA – 2 MINUTES I started with 12 components, but after the factor analysis, 8 components emerged Initially disappointed , but the more I thought about what emerged, the more exciting it was for me Naming the factors is the art of factor analysis (l looked at what the items that loaded onto a factor had in common with each other) I’m going to spend more time with the 4 most surprising findings Encourage audience to ask clarifying questions along the way For the next slides, going to go over each of the 8 factors How much variance is explained by the factor (Collectively the 8 factors accounted for a little more than 57% of the item variance in MCSAO) Number of items in the factor and the original categories from which they came A few examples of items in the factor

14 We can't teach what we don't know; we can't lead where we won't go.
Malcolm X

15 Social Justice Learning and Change Process
Awareness Who am I? What am I carrying ? How does it impact my relationships, my decisions, and intentions Knowledge Information History, Present, Future, Dynamics Skills Engaging Listening Sharing Vulnerability Diagnosing What are you experiencing? Intervening Courage and Commitment Intent and Impact Action Shifting Status Quo Cycle of Inclusion The Washington Consulting Group

16 7 Tips for Engaging The Value and Strategic Theme of Social Justice
Create a climate of authentic engagement about this strategic theme. Get clear why this theme matters to your area. Begin with exploring and defining what social justice looks like in your area. Decide on a particular focus content area. Decide on a particular functional area or program. Look for best practices and opportunities to collaborate. Remember your to tie everything to your vision, mission, values and guiding principles.

17 Next Steps Start Stop Continue

18 Rev. Jamie Washington, M.Div.,Ph.D. President and Senior Consultant
Founding Faculty: Social Justice Training Institute The Washington Consulting Group

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