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Practicing Justice Series


Practicing Justice is an event and training approach to critical consciousness development, which stems from a shift by SOURCE to bring intentional social justice orientation into community engagement and service-learning work. 


Created in 2017, the Practicing Justice event and training series leans in to T.D. Mitchell’s 20081 charge for practitioners to enrich service-learning pedagogy with 5 key elements of critical consciousness development: 1) the opportunity to examine one's own identity, 2) opportunity to examine the identity of others, 3) the context of service, 4) the power and privilege dynamics, and 5) change agency.

Practicing Justice has actioned these elements through an intentional and mindful based approach to program design centered in authentic community engagement, critical reflection, and redistribution of power. Students, faculty, staff and community members can look forward to regular opportunities to engage in this programmatic approach for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.

Mitchell, T. D. (2008). Traditional vs. critical service-learning: Engaging the literature to differentiate two models. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning14(2), 50-65.


Upcoming Events

Social Justice Workshop Series

Join SON Student Affairs and SOURCE for a 4-part workshop series that will have you look at privilege, diversity of values, and how to be a better ally in a diverse world. The goal of the series is to raise awareness, educate, and engage. All workshops will be held in the School of Nursing at 525 N. Wolfe St.

Growth and Action Series

Past Events in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Unpacking Privilege/Unlocking Justice

October 29, 2018 

We’re All in this Together:  Diversity, Values, and Justice

November 7, 2018

Allyship Makes The Difference: Leadership for A Beautiful World

November 14, 2018

LGBTQ+ Upstander/Allyship Training: A Toolkit for Empowerment and Mindful Support

November 28, 2018

Anti-Oppressive Care For HIV and AIDS

November 29, 2018

How do practitioners address power and privilege in health professional relationships? What strategies exist to center anti-oppression in holistic care? In light of World AIDS Day, SOURCE is partnering with the School of Nursing to highlight the intentional ways Sisters Together And Reaching (STAR) utilized anti-oppressive frameworks to care - which focus on helping service providers understand power and privilege especially in a health service relationship. These frameworks help shift the power dynamic in helping relationships and program design. For example:

Reflection Session for Growth and Action Series

February 19, 2019

JHSPH Student Life & SOURCE are partnering to provide two-part opportunities coupling self-development with continued citizenship development. Our goals include providing safe spaces to reflect on larger issues in society, on JHU experiences, and on professional development while fostering ideas and approaches to social justice issues. Each month focuses on a different theme and offers two engagement sessions: one journal and reflection session and one action-oriented session.

For February, we reflected on social justice issues as they pertain to the LGBTQ community. SOURCE sponsors the facilitated critical reflection and action session. Student Life sponsors the facilitated journal and reflection session as an opportunity to process lived experiences while encouraging self-care, inward reflection, and resilience.

Unpacking Privilege/Unlocking Justice

March 11, 2019

This 90-minute interactive workshop will highlight the ways in which we all enjoy privilege based on being members of social and personal identity groups. The goal of the workshop is to identify specific ways we can use our privilege to create a more just and caring world where each person is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. Participants will learn and examine the definitions of privilege, identity, and social justice; illuminate their own privilege as individuals; and discuss ways in which they can use their privilege in their personal and professional lives to help create a just and caring world.

We’re All in this Together:  Diversity, Values, and Justice

March 27, 2019

Values guide our decisions, impact our perspectives, and shape our experiences. In identifying and sharing values, we create opportunities to engage and connect with people of diverse backgrounds in meaningful ways. Join Keilah Jacques, SOURCE assistant director, for a session on how the construction of shared values is a starting point for social justice in action. This session aligns with the SON commitment to creating an inclusive community that facilitates engagement among diverse populations both internally and externally.