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About CSJE

The Center for Social Justice Education (CSJE), situated within the Social Work Department of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana, was established in 2009 to foster advocacy for social justice and empowerment through education, research, and collaboration.  

The CSJE promotes social justice and empowerment through advocacy, education, research, and collaboration.  The CSJE is dedicated to individual and society well-being in a global community; promoting critical thinking and a systems perspective across agencies, institutes, departments, and individuals to pursue social change for all individuals’ well-being.

The University of Southern Indiana, Social Work Department is a resource to social service agencies in program evaluation, strategic planning, grant writing, program development, and education.  The CSJE provides a visible point of contact for social service agencies and assists social service agencies in meeting the objectives of federal funding streams issuing stimulus dollars for social services and educates future social workers. 

The collaborative philosophy of CSJE provides an integrated approach to address timely social issues through the Center, working closely with USI degree programs, Sponsored Research, Applied Research and Extended Services.  Complex, social problems require a multi-faceted approach to generate alternative approaches to strengthen helping systems and society.  Faculty and students benefit from the opportunity to work with multiple disciplines.  

Mission

The Center for Social Justice promotes social justice and empowerment through education, research, and collaboration.

Objectives

The objectives of the Center for Social Justice Education are embedded in education, research, and service for social advocacy.  

Education

Dr. Borderlon in class Objectives

  1. Increase the number of social workers qualified for employment in specialized fields
  2. Increase the number of social workers qualified to promote social justice through advocacy at the policy level.  
  3. Increase the number of social work placements within specialized fields.
  4. Increase the number of professional development opportunities within specialized fields.
  5. Increase the number of funded educational opportunities with local agencies

The Center for Social Justice Center promotes critical thinking and a systems perspective across agencies, institutes, departments, and individuals to pursue social change for all individuals' well-being. The Center for Social Justice is dedicated to individual and society well-being in a global community.

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Research

students Objectives

  1. Increase knowledge base related to Social Work and interventions impacting social issues
  2. Increase the use of current research trends and knowledge in the classroom
  3. Increase the number of funded research opportunities
  4. Increase the number of faculty publication from research based projects

Complex, social problems require a multifacted approach to generate alternative approaches to strengthen helping systems and society. Faculty and students benefit from the opportunity to work with multiple disciplines.

Program

Service

Objectives

  1. Increase the number of collaborative external partnerships addressing social issues
  2. Increase the number of collaborative internal partnerships addressing social issues
  3. Increase linkages and partnerships at a national and international level

The collaborative philosophy of the Center for Social Justice provides an integrated approach to address timely social issues through the Center, working closely with USI degree programs, Sponsored Research, Applied Research and Extended Services.


Faculty and Staff

Iris Phillips

Dr. Iris Phillips
Chair of Social Work Department
Professor

Phone: 812/461-5281 | Email
Office: ED 0127

James Dickerson

Dr. James Dickerson
Assistant Professor
Director of the Center for Social Justice Education
Vanderburgh County Treatment Court Primary Investigator
Center for Social Justice Education

Phone: 812-461-5243 | Email
Office: ED 0123

Baker

C. Christy Baker
Associate Professor
BSW Program and Admissions Director

Phone: 812-465-7116 | Email
Office: ED 0130

 

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