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Running head: SELF REFLECTION 1 Social Justice Self Reflection Kara Schwartz Seattle University SELF REFLECTION 2 Social justice in professional practice means upholding and presenting the values that I hold as a human being in my daily life, in th
  Running head: SELF REFLECTION 1 Social Justice Self Reflection Kara Schwartz Seattle University  SELF REFLECTION 2 Social justice in professional practice means upholding and presenting the values that I hold as a human being in my daily life, in the interactions that I have, and the way in which I approach my roles and responsibilities. As a member of a campus community and a student affairs practitioner, I feel that it is my responsibility to actively contribute to creating just means of access and support for the current and future campus community. In my future role as a student affairs practitioner there will be many organizational and systemic roadblocks that I will face. Most of such roadblocks include navigating the leadership and governance aspects of higher education. It has been made clear in various coursework and experiences in the field that there is a balance that student affairs practitioners have to strike. While our role is to serve the students and aid in their growth and development, we are also employed by the institution and serve as representatives of the business aspect of it. Thus, if we sit in student protests, sign petitions, or speak out against our superiors we risk job security. On the one hand this feeds into the daily injustices that take place outside of higher education, but we can see how it is perpetuated and upheld at institutions. While this is a tough road to navigate, I would like to think that I will always stand firm in my values as an individual rather than stand in silence out of fear of losing my job. I can recognize that this is a privilege that I have and a lens that may be unique to me and not one that I can infringe on others. I plan to deal with these roadblocks through a means of understanding and a desire to educate other professionals who may not understand the injustices within our community. I would take the social connection model approach and aid in the development of cultural humility and competence (Pope, Reynolds, Mueller, 2004; Young, 2013). I will aim to fix power imbalances, and to develop partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998).  SELF REFLECTION 3 In my role, I believe that my responsibility it to my community, not only on my campus and to my students, but to the surrounding community as well. While my role and degree is in “student development administration,” we have explored in this class that injustices in one area  bleed over and affect all aspects of a community. As Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “injustices anywhere is injustice everywhere.” One area of an institution that is promoting or fostering injustices is not always blatantly obvious or understood; sometimes people do not see the issue as being their problem to deal with. However, the issue is much larger and more systemic than that, it is able to take place due to other faults and injustices in the larger community context. As an employee of the institution, I aim to promote justice across campus and help others learn about and identify the social connection model in an attempt to guide their  practice to implement justice daily. My decisions are guided by my desire to promote an environment in which students, faculty, and staff feel as though their unique identities are valued and supported at an institution. I see higher education as a microcosm of the larger society; thus, by creating more culturally adaptive and just campus communities there is opportunity for a more humane world. Thus, our  practice on across campus must reflect that in every aspect of the institution. My actions will be determined by my desire to learn and implement cultural humility. Specifically to fix power imbalances on college campuses to develop partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others, and share the voices of those who have been and are being oppressed. I aim to use my capital to bring awareness to the student experience and foster environments and spaces where the student’s own voices can be shared and heard. An area that I hope to continue to explore throughout my time in the program, and as a  professional in this field, is my role as a white cisgender woman in the realm of multicultural  SELF REFLECTION 4 affairs. I have a passion for social justice and helping in the fight for social change; however, I never want to come across as having a white-savior mentality. That will never be my intention and I want to ensure that my actions will reflect that, this will require me to be a very mindful  practitioner. My goals as an individual and as a professional are aligned in that my desire is to  be a knowledgeable and supportive person with regards to social justice. I do not see how I could separate the two and do not intend to as I move into my role as a professional on a college campus. I aim to be a lifelong learner in both my professional and personal practice. One tangible way I can promote social justice in my role as a professional is through meaningful and intentional dialogue, as well as creating and advocating for adaptive services to truly meet student needs. Most of the oppressive acts that take place are “the conscious action of many individuals [that] contribute to maintaining and reproducing oppression, but those people are usually simply doing their jobs or living their lives, and do not understand themselves as agents of oppression (Young, 2013). I feel that my role as a practitioner will put me in a lot of  positions, meetings, and interactions in which I will see this come into play. This will provide an opportunity for me to engage in conversations surrounding the inequities that are embedded in our institution or the oppressive nature of certain approaches and advocate for a change in our actions. Social justice has been a major aspect of my life since my undergraduate experience, has  been greatly developed since graduate school, and is part of my professional and personal identity. Social justice theories, practice, and development will always be at the forefront of my mind when working with students, interacting with colleagues, and in my day-to-day life. My goal is to be a student affairs practitioner who is well-versed in the topics and issues surrounding social injustices that are on and off college campuses. I aim to embody the forward-thinking
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