Commitment To and Understanding of Issues Related to Social Justice

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My study of Social Justice came from reading, reflecting, and sharing the lived experiences of my classmates through autoethnography.  I learned to examine my own privilege and bias and also to develop deep empathy for the oppression of others.  I learned that some students carry with them the oppression of their ancestors and some are oppressed for honoring their own salient identities. 
This knowledge grounds my work with students.  I cannot assume to know where a student comes from or how they choose to identify.  I treat each student as a unique individual and provide a caring, open environment in which authentic conversations are encouraged.  I encourage students to use multiple perspectives and viewpoints in their decision-making and help them to reflect on their own intrapersonal development related to social justice. 
Through the study of critical theory I have come to see how knowledge is socially and contextually constructed.  Helping students recognize that they have the ability to overcome injustice and inequity through working side by side as allies and advocates will be a cornerstone of my work. 

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