The UCLA Luskin
School of Public Affairs is committed to incorporating social justice in its
teaching, research, and service. Graduate education in public policy, social
work, and urban planning seeks to equip public sector policy makers with the
relevant analytic tools to deal with a rapidly changing world. A social
justice perspective - a lens on the systemic, institutional and structural
conditions that constrain individual and community development - is a necessary
and underdeveloped analytical tool in urban and social policy curricula.
The workshop series is designed to complement students' classroom education by providing them with practical training and the necessary fluency on a variety of social justice issues vital for their real world work as they begin their careers as public service managers and leaders.
To register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sjworkshops
Winner of the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize, and fresh from her appearance as a keynote speaker at the Earth Day celebration on the National Mall in Washington, Kenyan-born activist Ikal Angelei will discuss her fight against a mega-dam that threatens her remote community on the shores of Kenya’s Lake Turkana.
Ikal Angelei is a 31-year-old Kenyan born activist and Executive Director of Friends of Lake Turkana. Through her organization, she works to defend land and natural resource rights of poor and marginalized people, and advocate for their inclusion in governance and decision-making about development of territory.
She has been recognized internationally for her organization’s courageous fight against the Gibe III Dam, which would have cut off water supply for a half million farmers, herders and fisherman, forever altering her community’s way of life. Angelei brought together Lake Turkana’s divided and marginalized indigenous communities to fight against the mounting environmental and social implications of the Gibe III Dam.
Please join her as she discusses her experience as a young environmental and social justice activist.
International social justice means reclaiming 'development' as a process concerned about people, power and politics.
This session will explore some of the foundational elements of International Social Justice. It will be proposed (and questioned) whether ISJ is grounded in certain normative principles, such as those set out in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This approach focuses on the role and function of the nation state can be assessed in part in terms of whether that State is primarily in support of and in implementation of these rights, or opposed to and in violation of these rights.
However, the 'social' aspect of social justice is partly manifested in the actions of citizens within and between states, such as the movements of adivasis and dalits in India, or the landless and excluded groups in Brazil. Questions of social justice also can reanimate attention to the rights of people as a foundation for policy rather than a system that is based primarily on welfare and charity (as important as these are) values.
Steve Commins is Strategy Manager, Fragile States, International Medical Corps, the co-founder of the Health and Fragile States Network, as well as a consultant on humanitarian emergencies for World Vision International, and disasters and safety nets for the World Bank in Bangladesh. At UCLA, Dr. Commins teaches courses in regional and international development, and the role of Non-Governmental Organizations. His current courses are on urbanization in developing countries, NGOs, and disaster management.
In this session led by Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., students will come away with an understanding of the relationship between social justice frames and mass policy preferences. Relying on research from the cognitive, policy and social sciences, students will analyze how public discourse is framed and the concomitant effects on policy thinking. Students will work through real world examples and learn how advocates, researchers, policymakers, and elected officials utilize (or fail to utilize) framing as a tool of strategic communications to gain support for their preferred policy agendas.
Please join collaborators Katrina Browne and Juanita Brown as they openly discuss what keeps getting in the way of this nation moving effectively through the thicket of race, even in liberal and progressive settings. Encouraging participation from all backgrounds and ideologies attendees will learn how to become more effective practitioners in their applied profession.
How does unconscious racial bias show up in our thoughts and actions? How do bias and baggage—ours and that of others—impact our work in social welfare and public policy institutions, keeping racial disparities and structural racism in place? How do they impact, for example, the school to prison pipeline?
New course offerings for 2010-2011:
Additional Course Offerings:
PP 225: Education Policy and Educational Inequality
PP M212: Child Welfare Policy
PP M213: Mental Health Policy
PP M214: Poverty, Poor, and Welfare Reform
PP M216: Youth Policy
PP M248: Toleration, Pluralism, and Diversity
PP M253: LGBT Law and Public Policy Research
PP M261: Aging Policy, Elderly and Families
PP 271: Urban Poverty, Workforce Development, and Public Policy
PP M289A/B: Immigration, Racial Change, and Education in 21st-Century Metropolis
PP 290: Framing Social Justice: Strategic Communications & Public Policy
294: Education Markets and Education Policy
PP M295: Law and Poor
SW 225B: Policy Implementation and Evaluation
SW 230C: Theory and Methods of Direct Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups in Multicultural Communities
SW M290J: Child Welfare Policy
SW M290K: Mental Health Policy
SW M290L: Poverty, Poor, and Welfare Reform
SW M290N: Public Policy for Children and Youth
SW M290P: Aging Policy, Elderly and Families
SW M290Q: Social Welfare Policy in Asian American Communities
M290R: Law and Poor
UP 217A: Community Scholars
UP 219: Poverty and Inequality
UP 229: Critical Race Studies
UP M230: Introduction to Regional Planning
UP 234A: Development Theory
UP 234B: Urbanization in the Developing World
UP 236A: Theories of Regional Economic Development
UP 237A: Sectoral Analysis
UP 237B: Urban and Regional Economic Development Applications
UP 237C: Southern California Regional Economy
UP 239: Urban Labor Markets and Public Policy
UP 244: Urban Poverty and Planning
UP 261: Land Use Planning- Processes, Critiques and Innovation
UP 271: Community Economic Development
UP 269: Environmental Justice