Tag Archives: social justice

Why Pennsylvania Should Invest in Its Public Universities

 – Melissa K. Downes and Jeanne M. Slattery It’s April again, and we’re paying our taxes. We suspect that no one really likes paying taxes (though we have no hard evidence for this). No one says, “I’ve just done an … Continue reading

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Post-election: Reaching Across the Table

–  Jeanne M. Slattery, Ellen Foster, and Melissa K. Downes We value exploring ideas in the classroom. We value effective communication. We value making room for a variety of perspectives. Given these things, last fall’s election was personally challenging, but … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Trump World

– Jeanne M. Slattery and Melissa K. Downes We try to keep clearly-partisan politics out of this page – and sometimes don’t succeed. Whether we like it or not, however, politics is intertwined with almost everything else: influencing whether we … Continue reading

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Dear What Can I Do to Prevent Sexual Assault?

Dear Ms. Scholar, I recently watched The Hunting Ground at a conference and was profoundly disturbed. I was especially appalled by the statistics it reported about sexual assault on college campuses. What can I do to make a difference? Dear … Continue reading

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A Good Partnership: PASSAGES and Clarion University

– Marlene Austin PASSAGES, Inc. has a long, rich history with Clarion University. Founded in 1980 as the Rape Crisis Center, it was the idea of two roommates: Mary Ann (Roseman) Kernich and Teri (Drayer) Rhodes. At that time, Mary … Continue reading

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Dear Avoiding Target Practice

Dear Ms. Scholar, I am committed to social justice and frequently talk about issues of class, race, and gender in my classes. This semester, though, I only have one African American and one international student in class. I often find … Continue reading

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Service-Learning and Sexual Assault Prevention

— Kathleen McIntyre I have long wanted to integrate service-learning into my classroom. My commitment to social justice was shaped by my experience as an undergraduate student at Vassar College. My history and Spanish professors had strong connections to the … Continue reading

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