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The fiftieth anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision (1954) called us as student affairs professionals to reconsider and reaffirm our commitment to social justice. This issue is a call to action to student affairs professionals who are working as social justice allies, those with a commitment to make their college campuses a place where all community members are respected, validated, and fostered in developing their full potential.
This issue encourages the development of ally attitudes and action in both students and student affairs colleagues. It first presents the conceptual foundation for social justice ally development and then covers in depth the strategies for the development of social justice behaviors in specific dominant group members. In each case, we have intentionally enlisted voices of authors who identify with the dominant and target groups on which the chapter focuses.
This is the 110th volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly report series New Directions for Student Services. An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
Editors' Notes (Robert D. Reason, Ellen M. Broido, Tracy L. Davis, Nancy J. Evans).
1. Antecedents, Precursors, and Concurrent Concepts in the Development of Social Justice Attitudes and Actions (Robert D. Reason, Tracy L. Davis)
This chapter introduces and defines the major concepts of social justice attitudes and actions and explores a series of related concepts.
2. The Development of Social Justice Attitudes and Actions: An Overview of Current Understandings (Ellen M. Broido, Robert D. Reason)
This chapter reviews current theoretical understanding and focuses on how college experiences affect students’ development of social justice attitudes and actions.
3. Increasing Men's Development of Social Justice Attitudes and Actions (Tracy L. Davis, Rachel Wagner)
This chapter explores conceptual models, theories, and research on men to develop a framework for understanding how to promote social justice attitudes and actions in male students.
4. Encouraging the Development of Social Justice Attitudes and Actions in Heterosexual Students (Nancy J. Evans, Ellen M. Broido)
This chapter examines heterosexual identity development and presents research findings about factors influencing attitudes and attitude change related to lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.
5. Encouraging the Development of Racial Justice Allies (Robert D. Reason, Tara C. Scales, Elizabeth A. Roosa Millar)
This chapter focuses on white students and white student affairs professionals and their development as racial justice allies.
6. Encouraging the Development of Disability Allies (Nancy J. Evans, Jennifer L. Assadi, Todd K. Herriott)
This chapter reviews disability paradigms, factors that influence attitudes and attitude change regarding disability, and disability ally development and behaviors.
7. Issues and Strategies for Social Justice Allies (and the Student Affairs Professionals Who Hope to Encourage Them) (Robert D. Reason, Ellen M. Broido)
This chapter offers practical guidance for students and student affairs professionals who wish to act as allies.