Social Responsibility

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Developing Social Responsibility as a Student Affairs Professional To individuals outside of the student affairs field, when the subject of social justice is mentioned, a variety of topics comes to mind. However, in higher education student affairs administration, the concept of social justice brings about controversial topics such as educational inequalities, socioeconomic status, segregation and desegregation, and continuing gender and racial disparities. Recently, President Obama recognized the inequality in the opportunities for postsecondary education and called for educational reform that allowed for widespread access to higher education (St. John, 2013). Following is a definition of social justice, and a description of social justice as applicable to higher education. Additionally, Western Governors University’s (WGU) approach to providing equal opportunity for education by serving the underserved will be described, as well as how WGU’s methodology affects the community will be discussed. Social Justice Defined Social justice is a general term that has multiple definitions. A common description of social justice is the purposeful distribution of wealth and opportunities throughout a society. Another common definition is each person’s ability to reach their full potential without the constraints of societal bias or prejudices. Concerning education, “Social justice encompasses the recognition of significant disparities in educational opportunities, resources, and achievement between those of different socioeconomic status and an understanding of the marginalization of groups that have been historically underrepresented (Culp, 2013). Social Justice in Student Affairs The contributors of the Student Personnel Point of View ... ... middle of paper ... ... philosophical exploration of the roots of social and economic inequities. Multicultural Education, 15-23. McClellan, G., & Stringer, J. (2009). The handbook of student affairs administration (3rd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Roberts, D. (2012). The student personnel point of view as a catalyst for dialogue: 75 Years and beyond. Journal of College Student Development, 53(1), 2-18. Retrieved from Schuh, J., Jones, S., & Harper, S. (2011). Student services: A handbook for the profession (5th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. St. John, E. (2013, Summer). Social justice & globalization: Reconsidering public finance in college access. Harvard International Review, 45-49. Western Governors University (2013). 2013 annual report. Retrieved from
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