Education for Justice
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. This event was a defining moment in our lives and in the lives of our students. As such, this year's Education for Justice theme is Finding Justice after 9/11.
Finding justice after 9/11 will likely mean different things for different people. For some, the death of Osama bin Laden will end concerns about justice related to the attacks of September 11th. But, for many others it will not. His death means that he will never have to stand trial in a court of law. For those who care about the soldiers who are still fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world, or for the Iraqi, Afghani, and Pakistani civilians who have been killed or injured, or for the veterans who come home with physical and mental injuries, or for the first responders who continue to fight for medical care, or for the Muslim-Americans who face harassment and discrimination, concerns about justice after 9/11 remain and must be addressed.
As a Jesuit university founded on the Gospel, The University of Scranton is committed to "the service of faith and the promotion of justice."
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
- introduces us to various methods of analysis, so that we may be able to respond.
A significant dimension of this commitment is social justice, concerned with how social, political, and economic structures impact individuals and groups, especially the impoverished and the less powerful, as well as the environment.