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  • Writer's picturePaul White

Navigating Social and Economic Justice in University

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I remember working with "Maya," a passionate advocate for social justice who felt isolated and overwhelmed by her challenges as a student of color. Together, we worked on building resilience and finding supportive communities, allowing Maya to thrive academically and personally.


University can be particularly challenging for students of color, who often face unique social and economic challenges. This blog explores these challenges and offers support for building community and dealing with racism.


Understanding Social and Economic Challenges:

  • Racism: Facing discrimination and prejudice on campus.

  • Isolation: Feeling disconnected from peers.

  • Economic Stress: Financial pressures impacting academic performance.


Challenges You Might Face:

  • Discrimination: Experiencing overt or subtle racism.

  • Community Building: Struggling to find a supportive network.

  • Financial Anxiety: Stress related to student loans and financial responsibilities.


How Therapy Can Help:

  • Building Resilience: Strategies to cope with and overcome discrimination.

  • Community Support: Finding and connecting with supportive groups.

  • Financial Counseling: Managing financial stress and planning for the future.

Questions for Self-Reflection:

  1. How do you experience and respond to issues of racism and discrimination on campus?

  2. What support systems are available to you as a student of color?

  3. How do you engage with and contribute to social justice movements?

Assess your engagement with social and economic justice issues:

  1. How often do you participate in social justice activities or events on campus?

  • Frequently

  • Occasionally

  • Rarely

  1. Do you feel supported by your university in addressing issues of racism and discrimination?

  • Yes

  • Somewhat

  • No

  1. What’s your social justice spirit animal?

  • A lion, for bravery and leadership.

  • A dolphin, working together in harmony.

  • A honeybee, small but making a big impact.


Resources for Further Reading:

  1. Race Forward – Organization that brings systemic analysis and innovative solutions to complex race issues.

  2. NAACP – Information and resources on civil rights and social justice.

Call to Action:

Facing unique challenges as a student of color? Let’s navigate these issues together and build a supportive community.

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