Community Awareness: What is a Socially Just University


The course assumes that higher education is a gateway to the resources of society and that there is a need for institutions to become more socially just for all groups, with emphasis on low-income and minority populations that are traditionally underrepresented.

The course includes sessions with institutional leaders about higher education and American society, diversity and inclusion in learning and teaching, professors and students as change agents, socially-just research, and struggles for equity and justice on campus and in communities.
Illustrative modules include: What is a university? What is the role or potential role of universities in making societies more socially just? Do present universities contribute to inequalities and injustices and, if so, how? What changes are needed now?
Sessions will draw upon initiatives at the University of Michigan for starters, and we also will draw upon other educational leaders nationwide

What you will learn

Introduction to CAC: What is a Socially Just University

What is a socially-just university? is a question arising at a time when American society is changing, and challenging many institutions to reconsider some of their most fundamental purposes and practices.

Higher Education and American Society

American society is changing and, in so doing, challenging higher education to adapt to these changes. As society increases in its people of African, Asian, and Latin American descent, and people of color become the majority, for example, unanswered questions are arising about what universities are for, and who are they for?

Reconceiving Our Purpose

What is, or should be, the purpose of higher education?

Reconceiving Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are central to the core educational mission of universities, but what happens to these activities when the institutions are changing in their population?

What’s included