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 working to ensure that AUNE is living up to its social justice mission.
Our charge is to:
- Support and advocate for our students/ faculty/ staff from underrepresented communities that represent diverse identity groups in the institution and community. That includes making them feel welcome in our educational and wider community and making their concerns visible, and them to the extent they are comfortable with that visibility.
- Foster intellectual and informed dialogue on all aspects of social justice.
- Provide resources for those who want to take steps to educate themselves and others to supplement what is covered in curricular activities.
- Find ways to encourage greater diversity on campus.
- Serve the larger community in our role and responsibility as an educational institution.
- Organize to respond to social justice issues as they arise in our AUNE community, and in the broader community as invited.
AUNE’s Social Justice Mission
The following definition of social justice was created by the University-wide Diversity Statement Task Force, and approved in 2012: https://www.antioch.edu/new-england/why-au/mission-values/
In radical recognition of our mission and purpose, we pledge to actively engage in ongoing development as a wholly inclusive community. To this end, we will consistently, deliberately, and systematically strive to be appropriately responsive to the myriad dimensions of human diversity, such that none are marginalized and all experience justice and empowerment. Moving beyond tolerance toward inclusion and the celebration of our differences, we will courageously embrace any resulting challenges as they arise, recognizing that the responsibility for this rests with each and every member of the community. We assert that we will move expeditiously toward our goals through an ongoing commitment to courageous self-examination and respectful and honest interactions, which will lead us to the creation of formal and informal structures, policies, programs, and services that will give life to these ideals on our campuses and as we touch the world around us.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tomoyo Kawano – Faculty Advisor
- Elle Ashton – Co-Chair
- Kali Skodack – Co-Chair
- Morgan Grant- Research Assistant
- Maya Iturra- Research Assistant
Resources for Awareness and Knowledge: The year 2020 proved to be a difficult time in our country and for our students. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic caused AUNE to close its physical campus and move all courses to remote learning. While this impacted our students greatly, we were extremely aware that the pandemic was also affecting our students financially. To help support students in this uncertain time, JLC provided grocery gift cards to students in need.
As the semester continued additional concerns arose around racial injustice and police brutality within this country with the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. As members of the AUNE community, JLC is aware of the impact of this violence disproportionately affecting our Black colleagues and friends. Along with encouragement to check in to offer support and solidarity, JLC created a resource document providing resources for those seeking anti-racist education and action steps and also held a vigil. This online vigil took place on Juneteenth, a national day for recognizing the end of slavery, and included a call to action in support of Black Lives Matter.
This past year, JLC has been working to send a social justice and demographic survey to the AUNE community. These surveys aimed to determine if we are living our mission at AUNE and to see who we are as the AUNE campus. In the upcoming year, our plan is to conduct an analysis of the data collected to determine how we can better live our mission and what resources we can provide to our students, staff, faculty, and administration. With the addition of new questions to the student course evaluations, JLC has been working to identify the best options to create more resources for community members on various social justice issues.
With positive feedback from the workshop last year, we continued our support of the Cross-Class dialogue workshop series. This took place over six 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.
JLC also collaborated with and attended Keene State College’s Courageous Conversations on October 14th around the topic of Indigenous People’s Day. The conversation included a declaration from the Mayor along with conversations from students, staff, and Abenaki people in the greater Keene area. Discussions around land and education were primary topics addressed in this conversation along with other valuable information and opinions on the topic of Indigenous People’s Day.
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). This space is intended for students to meet, communicate, and explore ideas and issues around social justice. Come visit us to voice any ideas, questions, or concerns around social justice! Please let us know if any other groups should be added.
Examples of the work:
- Period Project: This year, JLC began working towards tackling accessibility issues of menstruation by providing free menstruation hygiene products in all AUNE restrooms. Baskets with various disposable menstruation hygiene products were put in each restroom on AUNEâ€™s campus. In the first month that this project was in action, we noticed the use and need for these products in our bathrooms. JLC hopes to continue this project for our students, staff, faculty, and administration. If you would like to donate to this project, please let the student co-chairs know or drop off disposable menstruation hygiene products in the box outside of the JLC office!
- 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.