Two higher education officials have penned a joint opinion editorial recently that is promoting a focus on training college students to participate in social activism and uprisings against the Trump administration.
In the op-ed, titled “Social justice university: educating the next generation of social justice warriors,” published Monday, James E. Samels, CEO of The Education Alliance, and James Martin, a Mount Ida College professor, claimed the nation faces “catastrophic consequences” as the Trump administration has proposed massive cuts to social and welfare programs:
“Driven by doing good and doing well, higher education has a special mission to educate the next generation of Social Justice Warriors. These Warriors will be educated, empowered, and self-motivated to advocate for equal rights, opportunities, and privileges – welcoming everyone to citizenship, colleagueship, and civic compassion.”
The two used the Southern Connecticut State University as an example, saying it has established a “special commitment to social justice education.”
“For decades, Southern Connecticut State University has educated principled social workers who promote social activism, social change, and social justice – educating these professionals through undergraduate, graduate, and now, doctoral (DSW) degree programs.”
Martin and Samels touted the Connecticut university’s week-long “Social Justice Week” program that explores topics of diversity and social justice, noting that they not only talk about it, but helps plan events.
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