Education for Justice
As a Jesuit university founded on the Gospel, the University of Scranton is committed to "the service of faith and the promotion of justice." A significant dimension of this commitment is "A Faith that Does Justice," a concern with how social, political, and economic structures impact individuals and groups, especially the impoverished and the less powerful, as well as the environment.
Education for Justice enables us to reflect on the meaning of justice; makes us aware of injustice in our society and throughout the world, and of efforts being made to remedy injustice; and introduces us to various methods of analysis, so that we may be able to respond.
Three areas of focus
Education for Justice currently works in three areas – (1) our biennial theme, (2) issues of importance to Northeastern Pennsylvania, and (3) other justice-related programming that emerges because of opportunity or unfolding circumstances.
The Education for Justice Coordinator and advisory board will take the lead on programming during the first semester, but our hope is that faculty and staff will help round out initiatives during the remaining months.For example, Dr. Mike Allison led a discussion on "IDPs, Asylees, Refugees, Migrants: What's the Difference?" in November. We would be happy to provide support for faculty to tackle similar questions related to literacy broadly defined.
The second area in which Education for Justice is now working is Northeastern Pennsylvania.We have plans for a teach-in on Catholic Social Teaching and Northeastern Pennsylvania scheduled for the end of April. If you are a faculty member at The University of Scranton interested in participating, please contact us.
Finally, other justice-related opportunities pop up throughout the semester. We will continue to support these programs to the best of our abilities. In fall 2015, we supported a series of events to celebrate the life of Dorothy Day, reflect on Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States, and bring attention to the plight of the sixty million global citizens who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence.