I remember filling out a college application and seeing a question about the highest grade of school my parents completed. I thought I was doomed. What college would want the daughter of two high-school dropouts?Read More
We believe the web can be used to promote social justice causes by raising awareness and passion. Dialogue can be the first step toward action. To that end, we’ve started #RUjusticechat, a series of Twitter chats moderated by members of the Roosevelt community.
For the first #RUjusticechat, Marjorie Jolles, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, led a robust discussion of feminism in the Internet age.
See the conversation on Storify, and follow us on Twitter so you can participate next time too.Read More
In my professional and personal lives, I have listened to many people share their stories of surviving sexual assault. Some spoke with their chins lifted and their eyes locked on mine. Others looked over my head at the wall or down at their hands. I have read numerous accounts of assault, some descriptive and detailed, some vague, some plain and direct, and some poetic. I have watched performances, read fiction and scholarly articles, and taken part in conversations about sexual violence.
I have heard a lot of stories.
And that is one small way I try to help bring about change: by bearing witness.Read More
Research can be a tool for justice. How? One of my students, Kristin Herbert, put it best:
“Research exposes injustice. We cannot fight for justice when we are not informed, and by informing others we create action.”Read More
In my previous life—before 2013—I was a successful sales rep for a charter bus company. Back then, all I knew about MAP (Monetary Award Program) funding was that local colleges chartered motor coaches to Springfield every year for MAP Lobby Day. Little did I know that MAP would become a significant factor in my life.Read More