Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities

2015-2016: Gender and Social Justice: Innovation and Community Action

Gender and Social Justice: Innovation and Community Action, 2015-2016

 

Gender-based inequities shape, and are expressed in, our cultural and social worlds in profound ways, and are often at the core of students’ experiences as they enter adulthood. From pay disparities, to discrimination at home or at work, to the objectification of women, to gender-based violence, inequity in access to opportunity and privilege shapes the futures of all persons in our community and beyond.

In 2015-16 we aim to approach questions of gender and social justice from a range of cross-disciplinary perspectives and widen our knowledge of these questions through a variety of programs and experiences. A series of lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and other events will provide students with a cross-disciplinary understanding of the ways in which scholars, researchers, and activists address and engage with issues related to social justice, and initiatives promoting social justice throughout the world.

Our focus is designed to empower students with the intellectual and practical tools required to examine the theories and practices that inform and enact social justice work across the disciplines, work that attempts to move toward desired goals such as racial equality, human rights, gender equity, freedom of gender expression, conservation of the environment, and an end to poverty and violence.

Students will emerge with new critical knowledge of the ways in which scholars, researchers, and practitioners address and engage with issues related to social justice. In addition to enriched intellectual understanding, students will also gain practical knowledge and skills that will empower them to enact social justice on campus, in their personal lives, and in the community beyond Wheaton. In this sense, this year’s WIIH aims to offer Wheaton students a truly transformative experience.

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