Equity not equality…. 24 hours after the first lecture of Social Policy, and I’m still thinking about this statement that Dr. Jendian passionately preached. He challenged us to view the goal of social justice as equity (fairness) not just equality. And that as Humanics scholars and future leaders, we are in the business of social change not just social service. I must confess that the first thought that came to mind regarding equity was not fairness; but the more I thought about it and the more I digested what Dr. Jendian was saying, the more I was convinced that our society needs people to stand up for not only what is right and just, but what is fair. Equality in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but after our first lecture I was challenged and convicted to have a focus on what is and isn’t fair regarding advocacy and social policy.
This semester I have the opportunity to join alongside my classmates and advocate for certain social issues here in our community. I’m excited to not only learn what makes for effective social policy and advocacy, but also excited to learn more about myself and my personal narrative. I’m a big believer that everyone has a story and a right to tell it. Dr. Jendian challenged us to start thinking about the “story of self” and how we can use our personal experiences to further inspire our community to advocate and promote social change.
Cheers to another semester with my Humanics family!