As you all know, the Equality and Justice committee works hard at promoting equality on the University of Louisville campus. We stand firm in the belief that everyone should feel comfortable in their skin and be aware of their identity. So, preparing events that support the uniqueness of all individuals is a way in which we spread our love for all individuals on this campus.
This year we have worked hard to promote our This is America series in hopes to bring together all different cultures and identities in order to discuss important issues in our community. We began our This is America series by discussing the criminal justice system and what improvements we need to make in order to ensure justice. We discussed race inequality in the criminal justice system as well as poverty and the impact that poverty plays in the criminal justice system.
Our part 2 of This is America was about Socio-economic classes and the impact that poverty has on our community. We decided to have a panel of professional individuals that deal with improving impoverished areas in our community.
The part 3 to the This is America series was the final series that was focused on Identity. With the University of Louisville being such a big campus with many different cultures and identities, we felt that it was important to discuss the ways in which we can connect and also respect each others differences. This event included tables with different activities and speakers that discussed the importance of celebrating all the different identities in our community. This event was a success as it brought many different Identities together and gave individuals the chance to express their identities as well as become more comfortable with others.
Equality and Justice Committee Member (18-19)
Thank you for checking in with the Equality and Justice committee. We have been working hard to promote social justice and further equality in the campus and local community. Our This is America series is well on the way! Thank you to everyone who attended the first installment (And Justice for All?). The event was everything that we imagined; we had some great conversation about the justice system in America, its issues, and how we as students can help. Our next This is America event will be October 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Bigelow Hall! We will be discussing how poverty affects different identity groups in unique and difficult ways. There will be free hors devours from Common Kitchen, a local business that is staffed primarily by immigrants and refugees seeking certification to work in commercial kitchens in the US.
Helping to plan and carry out the This is America series is not the only way that you can join us in bettering our community! We also serve with the Iroquois Public Library every Saturday from 3 to 4 pm by acting as members of their English Conversation Club. The ECC is a program that allows proficient English speakers and people who are currently learning English to spend time together in a fun and family friendly environment! Although America does not declare an official language, individuals without English proficiency and literacy are often faced with discriminatory practices. These practices place undue difficulty on individuals when they try to fulfill simple American rights such as find equal educational opportunities, speak for themselves in court and become employed in positions that they are qualified for. Solutions to this issue go much deeper than engaging in programs like ECC, but this is a great way for English speakers to learn more about the issue from people who experience it in their everyday lives and for people practicing their English to find community and learn.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, feel free to show up at 601 W Woodlawn Ave, Louisville, KY 40215 or arrange a carpool with us by sending one of our directors an email! Also, if you would like to see even more of what the Equality and Justice committee is up to, join us at our committee meetings that happen every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in SAC W303! We hope to serve, grow, and fight for Equality and Justice with you soon!
The Equality and Justice Committee
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
My name is Savannah Winston and I am your 2018-2019 Equality & Justice Committee director! If you are interested in social advocacy, then this is the place for you! This year, my co-director, Jasmyne Post, and I hope to put on some amazing events geared towards educating the UofL community on current equality & justice related issues in America and how we as students can fix them. We are prepared to fuel the fire of however many advocates we make an impression on, so get ready to step up, show out, and be the change our society so badly needs!
Our first set of events for the year will be an event series we named “This is America.” (Obviously inspired by the amazing Donald Glover!) Separated into three parts, each This is America event will cover an aspect of America that either needs work or has problems that need more exposure. By the end of these events, students should be equipped with not only more knowledge about some of America’s unjust systems, but also the tools needed to crack these systems and make corrections as needed.
If you are interested in planning these events or getting involved with the other things the Equality & Justice Committee does, feel free to join Jasmyne and I every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 in W107 in the SAC!
If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or concerns, please shoot us an email! We can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: SAC W303
Equality and Justice embodies the dedication to achieve community-, campus-, and nation-wide social equality and justice through intriguing events and excellent service.
Director: Savannah Winston
Assoc. Director: Jasmyne Post
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University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
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