UF Social Justice Summit: For the Gator Good
Social justice refers to identifying and understanding social power dynamics and social inequalities that result in some social groups having privilege, power, and access; and others being disadvantaged, oppressed, and denied access. Social justice promotes cross-cultural interactions and demands that all people; regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, gender identity and expression, language, national origin, worldview (religion, spirituality, and other values), physical or mental (dis)ability, or education; have a right to basic human dignity and have their basic needs met. It involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency to make an impact, as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and to society as a whole through engaging in allyship.
We envision a long term look at issues of justice, with this year’s theme, Allyship: Identify, Interact, & Impact. Allyship entails using power and privilege to leverage resources and access for underrepresented groups, consciously breaking down barriers, and actively challenging the status quo of structural oppression to promote social justice.
Our tagline, For the Gator Good, is congruent with our gator culture that supports social justice, encourages accountability for all to be invested, and acknowledges that social advocacy is the responsibility of all Gators. Together we can make a change; together For the Gator Good.