Staff as Students of Social Justice
Program for Campus Staff to Engage in Anti-Racist Pedagogies
Staff members share their experiences as participants in the Fall 2022 Staff as Students in Social Justice Program.
About the Program
The 'Staff as Students of Social Justice' (SSSJ) Program is an opportunity for campus staff (from the Division of Undergraduate Education and beyond) to audit an American Cultures course and participate in discussions about timely and important topics. Piloted in Fall 2020, the SSSJ Program is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from leading scholars and American Cultures instructors about the intersections of race, ethnicity, and gender; dig into subjects of personal interests; and build connections with faculty, students, and fellow staff colleagues.
- Attend online lectures and meetings for the core Staff as Students of Social Justice course.
- No exams, grades, or academic credit.
- Upon completion, you will receive a certificate signed by Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Oliver O’Reilly, which will be added to your HR file.
- Supplemental readings will be available and encouraged - especially for the guest scholars presenting to SSSJ participants.
Staff discussion sections will be led by Graduate Student Instructor David Maldonado (Berkeley School of Education) with flexible dates, guest speakers, and a unified curriculum. The application cycle for Fall 2023 is now open. Please apply by Tuesday, August 29, 2023. You will receive the next steps for enrollment shortly after the application deadline. For any questions, please review our FAQs page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through this course, we learned how the devastating fires we experience in California today are a product of climate change and pervasive policies of suppression deeply connected to settler colonialism, white supremacy, and dispossession of Native peoples from their ancestral lands. We also learned from guest speakers about several tribal groups' ongoing efforts to preserve, sustain, revitalize, and share their cultural practices and scientific knowledge.Jean Cheng, Sarah Pickett, and Alex Tan
Previous Course Offerings
Fall 2022 Courses
Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Ethnic Studies 11AC)
Instructor: Juana María Rodríguez
Two weekly lectures: one pre-recorded and one live lecture on Thurs 9:30 am - 10:59 am
Introduction to the History of the United States: The United States from Settlement to Civil War (History 7A)
Instructor: David Henkin
Online lectures: Mon & Wed 5:00 pm - 6:29 pm
Principles of Sociology: American Cultures (Sociology 3AC)
Instructor: Mary Kelsey
Online lectures: Tues & Thurs 3:30 pm - 4:59 pm
Love, Study, and Struggle: An Interrogation of Material Antiracisms and Carcerality (SSSJ Lecture Course)
Instructor: David Maldonado
Pre-recorded Lectures (Self-paced)
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Spring 2022 Courses
Material Antiracisms and Carcerality
Instructor: David Maldonaldo
Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems (ESPM 155AC)
Instructor: Kathryn Teigen De Master
Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management (ESPM 50AC)
Instructor: Kurt Spreyer
Intro to the History of the United States: The United States from Settlement to Civil War (HISTORY 7A)
Instructor: Brian DeLay (recordings from Fall 2021 semester)
Fall 2021 Courses
History of American Capitalism History (HIST 133A)
Instructor: Caitlin C. Rosenthal
Tu/Th 12:30 pm - 1:59 pm
Introduction to the History of the United States: The U.S. from Settlement to Civil War (HISTORY 7A)
Instructor: Brian DeLay
Tu/Th 3:30 pm - 4:59 pm
Fire: Past, Present and Future Interactions with the People and Ecosystems of California (ANTHRO C12AC /ESPM C22AC)
Instructors: Scott L. Stephens and Kent G. Lightfoot
M/W/F 10:00 am - 10:59 am
Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment (ESPM 163AC)
Instructor: Michael J. Mascarenhas
M/W 3:00 pm - 3:59 pm HYBRID. Lecture will be recorded.
Spring 2021 Courses
- Principles of Sociology (SOC 3), Instructor: Laleh Behbehanian
- Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History (HIST C139C), Instructor: Waldo Martin
- The Urban Experience (GEOGRAPHY 70AC), Instructor: Brandi Summers
- Social Movements, Organizing, and Policy Change (PUBPOL 192AC), Instructor: Saru Jayaraman
Fall 2020 Courses
- “The 2020 Election,” (African American Studies C20AC / PUBPOL C20AC), Instructors: Michael Cohen and Saru Jayaraman
- “Fire: Past, Present, and Future Interactions with the People and Ecosystems of California," (ANTHRO C12AC and ESPM 22AC), Instructors: Kent Lightfoot and Scott Stephens
- “Introduction to Ethnic Studies,” (Ethnic Studies 11AC), Instructors: Juana Maria Rodriguez and Keith Feldman
- “Defiant Women: Gender, Power, and Violence in U.S. History,” (HIST 136AC), Instructor: Stephanie Jones-Rogers
- “Transforming Tech: Issues and Interventions in STEM and Silicon Valley”, (New Media 151AC), Instructor: Abigail De Kosnik
The best thing about the program was that I was able to gain a more firm and nuanced understanding of the harms and inequities of the tech industry while having really thoughtful conversations with our professors, my classmates, and folks from the VCUE Division around existing and imagined interventions into so many different facets of tech in a lot of other spaces from art to journalism to activism.Sara Assadi-Nik, Program Coordinator, Division of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning
Summer 2021 Projects
Cohorts by Semester
Cohort pages contain semester course information and some of the previous cohorts' presentations and projects.