Twitter is powerful, and increasingly so. It has become an integral thread in the fabric of social and political communication and development. I was thrilled when EYEJ invited me to […]
Twitter is powerful, and increasingly so. It has become an integral thread in the fabric of social and political communication and development. I was thrilled when EYEJ invited me to join them at Case Western Reserve University in partnership with CWRU Social Justice Institute and Laura Ciocia for an event that brought many local and global issues of Social Justice to this platform for an engaging discussion!
I really enjoyed spending time with the college students (mostly freshmen!) at CWRU for EYEJ’s Tweet Up event this past August. I saw a lot of unique perspectives from the students as they represented diverse populations: international students, immigrants, locals, students from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and religions, students from different cities/states around the U.S.
My biggest takeaway was to see the value in this discourse. Each student had experienced social injustices in very unique but personal ways. The conversations about these experiences broadened the perspectives of everyone in the room. The students from China shared their encounters with censorship and sexism. Mexican students shared their stories of being a child of an “Illegal Immigrant” or coming to the U.S. undocumented themselves. Students shared about inequality they saw in educational opportunities, access to information, and profiling in the workplace, their schools, in airports, and beyond.
We took a moment to talk about the events that had just recently occurred in Charlottesville, VA. Students were shocked, outraged, and hurt by the sentiments expressed in both the protests and the reactions of many governmental leaders. The conversation shifted when we started to discuss what role universities can play in changing the dialogue. Students felt strongly about protecting the rights of minority populations and never tolerating hate speech.
Finally, one moment that struck me most occurred when a young white male bravely but reluctantly voiced how he hadn’t had much exposure to social injustices and that this conversation was really eye opening to him. He felt embarrassed that hadn’t thought about this much before. His eyes were opened to a lot of new realities and he was ready to engage. It was beautiful to see his simple honesty and willingness to grow.
Here are a few gems from the tweet up! Check out more on Twitter with #SocialJusticeCLE and join the ongoing conversation!
Let’s continue to discuss #SocialJusticeCLE as the time is NOW to achieve social justice.
Founder & CEO of Dreamhouse Marketing
EYEJ Millennial Board & Social Media Expert for EYEJ