A Key to Co-Creation: The Development and Utilization of a Social Justice Lens

Heather Hackman Presenter
Founder and President
Hackman Consulting Group
Sun, 10/27: 8:30 AM  - 4:30 PM 
Full-Day Workshop 
Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop 
Room: 206B - Investment & Finance 
As evidenced by this national moment, a lack of critical understanding of social justice issues makes co-creating real sustainability goals near impossible. Conversely, thoughtful attention to social justice issues affords any individual or organization the capacity to rise to the challenge of complex global work across lines of race, gender, class and disability (to name a few). More specifically, doing sustainability work through a social justice lens supports the urgent need for national and global collaboration with respect to climate, environmental and sustainability issues and greatly improves the likelihood of developing deeply rooted and long-term solutions. As such, this cross-disciplinary workshop is designed to take campus sustainability work to a deeper level via the use of a critical 'social justice lens' (SJL) to improve its efficacy, increase its reach and power, and ultimately align it more closely with 21st century climate realities. Based on workshops Dr. Hackman has presented across the country, this interactive session begins by setting forth the core components of a critical SJL, then makes explicit connections for its use and transformative import in this current climate change/sustainability moment, and concludes with the presentation of concrete steps regarding the application of a SJL to sustainability work on our campuses. The session is grounded in social justice education and climate change theory (for a shared framework), but spends the bulk of its time in dialogue, application and integration of the content into participants' specific settings. A range of presentation modalities will be used.

Audience Empowerment

The session is grounded in social justice theory, but its true efficacy is dependent on participant engagement. Thus, reflective writing, paired conversation, small group dialogue, video, and print media will all be used to help participants understand and apply the content. Additionally, small-scale "case studies" or "scenarios" will be used to push participants past the "I know this stuff already" stage and urge them to dig more deeply into their learning and potential blind spots. 

Primary Topic Area

Diversity & Affordability

Session Level

Intermediate Level

Intended Audience

Sustainability Staff