Paine College Interdisciplinary Faculty Team Present on Social Justice Integration into the Classroom at GRU's Women's and Gender Studies Conference

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/17/2015 06:31 AM

An interdisciplinary team of Paine College faculty presented at Georgia Regents University's Mobilizing through the Media Women's and Gender Studies Conference on March 7th, 2015. Their presentation entitled "Justice Beyond the Classroom: The role of digital media in learning, creating, and acting on social issues" focused on the the integration of digital media in classroom and campus activities to promote student engagement in resolving social issues on campus and within the community. 

As a generation that is constantly hooked into some form of the information superhighway, college students have access to immediate information and an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to a global conversation about social inequities throughout the world. According to Rawls (2003) social justice demands the assurance of equal access to liberties, rights, and opportunities, as well as taking care of the least advantaged members of society.

College students are still forming ideas about their identity, beliefs, and role in society and in all major moves in regards to social justice, this population has played a critical role in propagating new ideas and demanding a response from the government, the previous generations and the nation’s promise. The digital age provides a new forum for civic engagement far removed from the marches and sit-ins of the 1960s allowing greater access and the possibility for integration into classroom activities and assignments. Additionally the integration of history, literature, theory and action can be bridged through digital mediums to help each student function as informed voices on social media, blogs, and within the campus community.

The research panel included Dr. Lawanda Cummings (Social Sciences), Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis (Education), Dr. Catherine Adams (Humanities) and Professor Teri Burnette (Media Studies). Each panelist presented pedagogical theory and examples of how the inclusion of digital media in the classroom promoted learning, reflecting (sankoka), unpacking, and an informed response to persistent social issues.