President Whitten's Welcome
Student Panel: Social Justice Issues on Campus
Christina Downey, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success, Professor of Psychology, will facilitate a panel of students from across the university to discuss the obstacles, challenges, institutionalized barriers, and other issues they face on our campuses that affect their ability to receive equity and justice in their education.
Higher education plays an ever-increasing, socio-economic role within knowledge-based societies in a globalized world (Singh, 2011). As students gain knowledge, they also increase opportunity for economic and other types of advancement, which can provide the key to rising out of poverty. The pursuit of knowledge and economic advancement, however, is not equally accessible by all in society. Higher education helps interrupt oppression through the pursuit of social justice by providing a path to knowledge acquisition for those willing and able to pursue post-secondary education.