What is Social Justice?

Social justice challenges and proposes remedies for how systems of power activate and reinforce different forms of inequality. It is substantive, distributive, and grounded in liberation movements of the last century.

 Social justice in our academic context requires both research and action to:

  • Increase substantive, equitable access to social, economic, and health resources
  • Move toward ending systematic inequalities in health, education, social welfare, and equity for all
  • End discrimination through laws, policies, and practices
  • Promote empathy and community as a means of greater inclusion
  • Recognize and appreciate human diversity
  • Optimize freedom for members of the community

What is transdisciplinary research?

Multidisciplinary research draws on knowledge from different disciplines but stays within their boundaries.

Interdisciplinary research analyzes, synthesizes, and harmonizes links between disciplines into a coordinated and coherent whole.

Transdisciplinary research integrates the natural, social, and health sciences in a humanities context, and transcends their traditional boundaries to create new forms of knowledge and to center community participation.


What is community-engaged scholarship?

Community-engaged scholarship as practiced by the Consortium is faculty-led and community-driven. When looking for social justice research, faculty look to the community to determine what needs are not being met and to form meaningful partnerships with organizations in the community to address these inequalities. Pursued in full partnership with the community beyond the university’s walls, community-engaged scholarship consists of knowledge discovery, application, dissemination, and preservation.