Fighting for Social Justice

Authored by: David Shriberg , Erin A. Harper , Casey McPherson

Handbook of University and Professional Careers in School Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367353674
eBook ISBN: 9780429330964
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Although a much older concept, it is only within the decade of 2010–2019 that this term “social justice” came into prominence in school psychology. This chapter provides a combination of research analysis and a push to personalize and apply the concept of social justice. The chapter begins by defining social justice and describing why this concept is so critical for school psychologists. As part of this overview of social justice, the authors share some of their own stories as examples of how professionals might draw upon their own value systems and experiences to develop as agents of social justice. Readers are also provided with reflection questions to personalize the concept. The bulk of the chapter focuses on what it might look like to “fight” for social justice in school psychology, highlighting concepts such as developing critical self-awareness (with coverage of implicit bias and cultural humility) and using one’s leadership skills to work in an inclusive, participatory manner. A personal action plan template is provided. The chapter closes with a call to action, framing social justice as a mechanism for maximizing both the professional impact and personal satisfaction of one’s work as a school psychologist.

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