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TEACHING "SOCIAL JUSTICE" IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Below are some examples of colleges and universities that explicitly identify a commitment to "social justice" or "diversity" as part of their mission/vision: 



(1) Penn State College of Education

Vision and Mission

The College of Education conducts its programs and activities guided by overarching Vision, Mission, Goals, Values, Beliefs statements. All are revisited periodically and revised, if appropriate.

VISION:

The College of Education will be a world leader in the integration of (a) teaching and learning, (b) advancement of the knowledge base through research and scholarship, and (c) leadership in service and outreach. Further, the College will be a world leader in preparing professionals who provide leadership and exemplary educational and related services to improve the lives of individuals in a changing and complex global society.

Read our Conceptual Framework for the Preparation of School Personnel

MISSION:

The mission of the College of Education is to help prepare outstanding educators, scholars, and researchers, and to advance the profession of education, as broadly defined, through research on the science and art of teaching and learning, the application of clinical processes, the effective uses of technology, and the analysis and development of leadership and educational policy.

GOALS:

Help to prepare educational professionals recognized for the quality and significance of their teaching, research, scholarship, service, outreach, and leadership.

Provide widely recognized leadership in the improvement of teaching, learning, and the assessment of educational outcomes across the life span through research, scholarship, and technology.

Enhance the commitment of faculty, staff, and students to the centrality of diversity, social justice, and democratic citizenship.

Provide leadership in the development of collaborative, professional relationships with schools, organizations, and other institutions focused on the improvement of education in schools, communities, and workplace settings.

Sustain a caring, supportive climate throughout the College.

Enhance the effective and efficient management of the College.

VALUES:

academic excellence and integrity

outstanding teaching and service

scholarly research and professional leadership

integration of teaching, research, and service

individual and collective excellence

diversity, equity, and social justice

education of individuals across the life span

collegiality and collaboration

BELIEFS:

A literate and educated citizenry is vital to a democratic society.

All people are entitled to a high-quality education, grounded in sensitivity to individual dignity, professional integrity, and a positive and nurturing environment.

A dynamic education system fosters an equitable, productive economy in a global environment.

Teaching and learning should be informed by scholarly research and effective practice.

School improvement should be based on sound research, the application of theory as it relates to effective practice, policy development, and collaboration with practitioners.

Technology should be used to improve the quality of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and outreach to the state, nation, and the world.

Interdisciplinary programs should be used to enhance human learning, growth, and development across the life span.

Source: http://ed.psu.edu/about-the-college/vision-and-mission


(2) Southern University Illinois Edwardsville

School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

MISSION STATEMENT:

The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville engages and prepares learners by:

  • creating an inviting, collaborative and rigorous academic atmosphere;
  • integrating theory and practice to inform teaching, scholarship and service;
  • challenging learners to synthesize knowledge and generate diverse perspectives;
  • stimulating critical dialogue;
  • promoting ethical action, social justice, personal responsibility and effective leadership to serve diverse individuals, organizations and communities.

    (effective April 2011)

Source: https://www.siue.edu/education/about/mission.shtml

 

(3) Sonoma State University School of Education

Social Justice Vision and Mission

School of Education Vision Statement

Advancing social justice in schools and communities through excellence in education.

School of Education Mission Statement

The School of Education provides transformative educational experiences through teaching, research, and key initiatives. We prepare undergraduates, graduate students, and credential candidates to advocate for social justice in their learning and throughout their careers so that students, schools, and communities flourish.

Core Values

We believe that examining and respecting human differences is central to educational inclusivity.

We believe that collaboration and community partnerships strengthen our work.

We take a critical and reflective stance in light of educational and social inequities.

We are committed to equity and access in education for all.

We promote meaningful learning through theoretically sound and research-based pedagogies.

Source: https://web.sonoma.edu/education/school/mission.html



(4) Humboldt State University School of Education

MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare knowledgeable and effective education professionals to promote excellence and equity with students of diverse talents and cultural backgrounds in rural and urban settings.  We develop professionals who are committed to reflective practice, scholarship, collaborative action, and social justice to take leadership in improving the quality of education for all students.

Candidates in School of Education programs…

  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with diverse students, parents, colleagues, staff, and others in the community;
  • Develop and maintain safe, positive, and productive educational environments;
  • Use research-based practice to inform their work;
  • Demonstrate a coherent theoretical framework of learning and human development that supports reflection on their practice;
  • Collaborate on efforts to improve education opportunities for all students.

Source: http://www2.humboldt.edu/education/accreditation/mission-statement

 

(5) UC Davis School of Education

ELIMINATING INEQUITIES THROUGH THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE PROMISE OF EDUCATION

The School of Education at UC Davis is committed to eliminating inequities in schooling and learning opportunities for diverse learners by advancing the power of knowledge and the promise of education....

The School of Education at UC Davis trains teachers and education leaders using the latest and most innovative teaching practices, and by conducting and disseminating cutting-edge research to improve instruction.

At the heart of the School of Education’s vision is a fundamental concern with influencing the practice of education through research and training. Our faculty and graduate students are engaged on local and regional levels and with national and international educational reform and policy. We especially seek to confront and eliminate inequities in the schooling opportunities for diverse learners.

At the School, you will work with a distinguished community of scholars and be mentored by eminent faculty.

The School of Education was founded in 2002, although teacher training at UC Davis dates back to 1918. Since its founding, the School has doubled the number of faculty. The teaching credential program, continues to grow, as do faculty grants and financial support from alumni and friends.

Source: https://education.ucdavis.edu/post/why-choose-uc-davis

 

(6) SUNY Oswego School of Education

MISSION/VISION STATEMENTS:

SUNY Oswego School of Education Vision Statement (Spring 2011)
The School of Education cultivates graduates who:

  • are committed to the work of their chosen profession
  • value diversity in all its forms and advocate for social justice
  • engage in ongoing professional development
  • possess a strong sense of professional identity

To this end, the School of Education fosters a vibrant intellectual community that values teaching, collaboration, and scholarship, as well as promotes and supports socially just policies and practices.

SUNY Oswego School of Education Mission Statement (Spring 1993):

The faculty of the School of Education, working in partnership with citizens of the world, supports and promotes extraordinary educators and learners.

Building on the wisdom of the past, the realities of the present and the promise of the future, innovative educational programs will prepare individuals who will continually strive for personal growth and become socially-conscious catalysts for change.

We will instruct, involve, challenge and care for all learners, children and adults, in the legacy of Edward Austin Sheldon.

Source: https://www.oswego.edu/education/missionvision-statements

 

(7) Ithaca College Department of Education

VISION STATEMENT:

We believe that true excellence in education requires a commitment to equity and social justice.  Thus, we strive to prepare creative, culturally competent, critically reflective graduates who possess deep knowledge in their fields of study and work collaboratively to achieve high quality education for all.

MISSION STATEMENT:

Grounded in the rich traditions of the liberal arts and social sciences, and in keeping with the Ithaca College mission statement, the Department of Education prepares students to take responsibility for citizenship and service in the global community.  This preparation takes place in several ways. The Department seeks to develop future teachers who are not only well-educated in their disciplines, but are also culturally responsive, caring, and knowledgeable in their interactions with students and their families. The Department also reaches out to the larger Ithaca College student body through courses and programs designed to equip them with the necessary skills for well-informed, critically reflective, participatory citizenship and service in their neighborhood schools and communities.  In addition, faculty and students in the Department of Education value, support, and engage in collaboration, discussion, and dialogue with a variety of local and regional community partners in order to be of assistance in addressing educational issues of concern and importance to them. In these ways, knowledge, competence, and service come together in our students to nurture a lifelong commitment to the democratic quest for excellence and equity in our schools and society.

 Source: http://www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/education/mission/


(8) Portland State University Graduate School of Education

GSE Vision: Preparing professionals to lead life-long learning and development within our diverse communities.

The GSE is a learning community. Faculty, aspiring educators and counselors, and our practitioner partners are working and learning together to improve education for all. We realize the tremendous influence of our graduates and their ability to change the lives of those they work with. As Oregon’s largest and most comprehensive school of education, we strive to prepare all of our students to contribute to improving the quality of life in Oregon and throughout the world by creating a more just and democratic society.

Source: https://www.pdx.edu/education/

GSE Philosophy & Priorities

GSE Philosophy (Guiding Principles)

  • We create and sustain educational environments that serve all students and address diverse needs.
  • We encourage and model exemplary programs and practices across the life span.
  • We build our programs on the human and cultural richness of the University’s urban setting.
  • We challenge assumptions about our practice and accept the risks inherent in following our convictions.
  • We model professionalism and develop collaborative efforts that foster our mission.
  • We develop our programs to promote social justice, especially for groups that have been historically disenfranchised.
  • We strive to understand the relationships among culture, curriculum, and practice and the long-term implications for ecological sustainability.
  • We model thoughtful inquiry as a basis for sound decision making.

GSE Priorities

  • Engage and model meaningful individual and program assessment that leads to continuous program improvement.
  • Promote equity and social justice through inclusive programs, policies, and practices.
  • Conduct and apply research and other scholarly work to improve education and counseling.
  • Maximize the effective use of technology for instruction, recruitment, assessment, and scholarship.
  • Develop partnerships that support high-quality clinical experiences and professional development for GSE students, faculty, and cooperating professionals.

Source: https://www.pdx.edu/education/gse-philosophy-priorities

 

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