Social Justice

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Just Community is comprised of faculty, staff and Graduate Student Organization, MSW and PhD student representatives. Its role is to facilitate and support educational and advocacy efforts and to enhance inclusion of more anti-oppressive practices in our classrooms, programming and in our daily interactions with one another at the school and our many communities. Through the power of education & advocacy we fighting to make social change within the Ideological, Intra-personal and Institutional levels. The end goal is to have justice for all.


To create a community that is capable of dialoging with, learning from, and participating in mobilizing social justice efforts towards the many social injustices and forms of oppression and inequities within our communities as well at the local and national levels.


To provide spaces for our many community to come together to educate, discuss and debrief issues relevant to the social work profession within the context of our socio-cultural/political/historical and economic environment. These opportunities will help enhance personal and professional development, mobilize advocacy efforts and promote an inclusive environment.


Just Community Committee Members 2018-2019

Just Community Committee Chairs:

Marilyn Cardone, MSW, Assistant Director, Field Education
Margaret Lloyd, PhD, Assistant Professor
Miriam Valdovinos, PhD, Assistant Professor


Ann Marie Garran, PhD, MSW Program Director, Associate Professor
Madri Hall-Faul, PhD Student
July Leon, Undergraduate Student
Natalie O'Connor, BA, Program Assistant, Office of Student and Academic Services
Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD, Associate Professor and BSW Program Director
Johanna Schubert, MSW Student


Spaces We Offer

Just Community Solidarity Hour
Just Community Solidarity Hour

Solidarity Hour: Building Up  

Once a month we host Solidarity Hour which is a safe space for students, staff and faculty to discuss current issues, support one another, and practice self-care.  This is where we Share, Care, & Repair.





Community Hour: Building Out

Once a month we host Community Hour which is a space where students, staff and faculty come together to work towards social justice.  The events involve attendees completing a small project or meeting with a Community Member or Community Organization.  This is where we Discern, Learn, & Do a Good Turn.

Student-Centered Collaborations for Social Justice

Just Community collaborates with Graduate student interest groups.

Within the Fabric of SSW

School’s Dedication to Anti-Oppressive Practice & Social Justice

Our dedication to anti-oppressive practice and social justice is reflected in our ongoing efforts to recruit and retain a diverse staff, faculty, student body, and associated field agencies. We are also committed to working with and within diverse communities. In accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics, we educate the School of Social Work community on anti-oppressive practice and social justice highlighting the importance of understanding intersectionality and the role that power and privilege play on individual, institutional and cultural levels. Particular attention is given to developing critical consciousness, examining the structural forces in our society that shape our socio-political environment,  and promoting advocacy that mobilizes social justice efforts.

We Want to Hear from You

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