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Social Justice Summit

Thursday, September 30, 2021
9:00 am to 12:30 pm

"In Light of a Future We Have Yet to Make": Social Justice Summit

Location: Odeum A /B/C and via YouTube

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Hosted by: Laureen Elgert, Associate Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies; Yunus Telliel, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts; and Rob Krueger, Head of Social Science & Policy Studies, and co-sponsored by WPI’s Public Interest Technology Initiative. 

  • 9:00- 10:30: “Mobilities Justice”  keynote and roundtable  

Keynote: Mimi Sheller, Dean of the Global School

Mobility justice is one of the crucial political and ethical issues of our day, when the entire world faces the urgent question of how to make the transition to more environmentally sustainable and socially just mobilities. All around the planet urban, regional, and international governing bodies are grappling with a series of crises related to how we move: an urban crisis of pollution and congestion, a global refugee crisis of borders and humanitarianism, and a climate crisis of global warming and decarbonization. 

In her keynote speech, Dean Sheller will offer insights from her recent work (including Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes and Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene) that is shaped by her long standing interest in the intersection of im/mobilities and social justice. 

Dean Sheller’s speech will be followed by a roundtable discussion with WPI faculty and graduate students who are working on different aspects of mobility justice, from transportation to immigration.

Roundtable presenters:

*Transportation and Access to Healthcare (Jennifer deWinter, Professor, Humanities & Arts and Shams Bhada, Assistant Professor, Engineering)

*“Mobilities and the Meaning of ‘Latinness’ in the Americas” (John Galante, Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts) 

*Immigration Courts and Data Analytics (Andy Trapp, Associate Professor, The Business School; Geri Dimas, PhD student in Data Science Program) 

* “Policy mobilities and urban sustainability” (Katherine Foo, Assistant Teaching Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies / Integrative & Global Studies) 


  • 10:45- 12:30: Social Justice in the Curriculum” presentations and workshops (co-sponsored by Morgan Teaching and Learning Center)

Shining a Light on Student Access and Inclusion: Practices for Inclusive Pedagogy  

 This multi-modal workshop brings together perspectives and practices on diversity and student experience in the classroom.  The workshop begins with a student-led panel on the personal impact of open pedagogical practices in the classroom, like an inclusive curriculum and open education resources (OERs). The second half of the workshop will feature topic-focused stations for participants to learn how to put these ideas into practice. This session will be interactive with time to engage attendees with similar goals in small groups. Questions participants will be encouraged to explore include: Why write an inclusivity statement in your syllabus? How does the use and design of OERs connect to your learning outcomes? What OER materials already exist that you can use or modify? How can you engage students as contributors to OERs? How can you diversify your reading list? How do these practices align with social justice principles? We will share examples, ideas, and tools to generate and share open resources while having students co-lead small group sessions.  

A special thanks to our organizers: Marja Bakermans, Crystal Brown, Lindsay Davis, Michelle Ephraim, Rebecca Moody, Sarah Stanlick, Courtney Kurlanska, and Lori Ostapowicz-Critz

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