What is the JLC?
- JLC is an advisory council to the provost’s office with representation from all departments, programs, and offices on campus. In response to the students, staff, and faculty voices in the past years, we are striving to honor and build on the work of our predecessors and current allies to systematize AUNE’s social justice mission.
- The definition of social justice was generated by the members of the AUNE community: “Social Justice is a dynamic goal and process to achieve equitable access to fulfill human needs, opportunities, and rights. So all people have the capacity to hold institutions accountable and to not just live, but thrive.”
- Institutionalize social justice initiatives with a mind toward longevity
- Build community through social justice initiatives at AUNE, with Keene State College, and within the Keene/Monadnock community
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tomoyo Kawano – Faculty Advisor
- Regan Humphrey – Co-Chair
- Kali Skodack – Co-Chair
New Office Space for Student Groups: There are multiple student groups that are committed to social justice. To bring more collaboration, several of these groups are now housed in room 258 (between the AP suite and the student lounge). The space is intended for students to meet, communicate, and explore ideas and issues around social justice. JLC created a diagram and compass with a list of the groups with their descriptions and roles on campus. The schedule of office hours for each group is also posted. Come visit us during office hours to voice any ideas, questions, or concerns around social justice! Please let us know if any other groups should be added.
Resources for Awareness and Knowledge: With the addition of new questions to the student course evaluations, JLC has been working to identify best options to create more resources for community members on various social justice issues. We held our first Virtual Cross-Class Dialogue workshop over seven weeks in collaboration with ACT for Social Justice. Students and staff across the class spectrum came together to listen to each other’s stories and perspectives while learning about the complexities of economic justice. We also held an Indigenous Peoples’ Day event entitled Visiting Home & Reservation! Community members were invited to share their voices on the themes of home and reservation through expressions of dance, poetry, music, and storytelling. November held a very important time for elections for our country. We made an effort to increase voting by offering information on voting, absentee ballots, and poll times to the students of AUNE. The greatest increase in voting in the state of New Hampshire was around college campuses.
In addition, we have engaged in conversations about the Common Thread Initiative; the Safe Zone Project (LGBTQIAA+/GNC communities); and a panel discussion based on a meeting that was held between our provost, Keene State College president, the mayor, and the police chief of Keene to address the racism some of the students encountered on and off the campus. This Spring, a faculty-specific International Writers Workshop will be held on two different days. Please join us in continuing the dialogues on these and other initiatives.
Examples of the work:
- Living Our Mission Series (LOM): a series of events, workshops, panels, and activities that help us learn and work together to successfully and robustly embody our mission. AUNE has seen two examples of the LOM series thus far: the Trans 101 workshop; and the Racial Justice Workshop (both in Spring 2017).
Examples of current projects and initiatives:
- Student Social Justice 2016 Survey Report
- Event Planning (Fall Full Campus Gathering, Living Our Mission Series)
- Curricula Review*
- International Student Resources and Support*
- Implementation of non-gender binary infrastructure (bathrooms, forms)
*All initiatives were borne out of the direct experiences of students.