Political Education

In addition to great internal workshops on food sovereignty and the class class, we participated in panels like the one featured on this page organized by member Anthony Maglione where member Emily Chavez represents Bread Uprising:


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The UNC School of Social Work Student Organization’s Social Justice Caucus hosted a panel discussion on social justice in our communities.

Questions for Panelists

Introduction of panelists (Begins at 4:35)

1. (Begins at 10:30) The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) defines social justice as, “the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.” It goes on to say, “Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.” How do you define social justice? And being that the NASW’s definition is ahistorical, what is important to know about the history of the term?

2. (Begins at 21:32) What brought you to this work, and how do you incorporate political action and activism into your working life? Is your activism separate and different from the work you do for income?

3. (Begins at 33:17) We learn about confronting privilege and dismantling oppression in our courses. What are ways for social justice oriented professionals and academics to be accountable to communities? What are some important skills these professionals and academics should develop?

4. (Begins at 47:24) What is an issue in North Carolina that you think every Social Worker and social justice oriented academic should be aware of?

5. (Begins at 55:23) In regards to the fight for social justice today, what gives you hope? What do you think is the way forward?

Audience Question (Begins at 1:00:13)

You all have talked about the importance of confronting systems of power. What I’ve found challenging is dealing with that on the individual level, because what ends up happening is that I turn these people off. And I’m really frustrated by that. I’m having a hard time accessing compassion for them when I’m overcome by emotion, and then they immediately shut down. How could I be more effective with that?

Final Thoughts

Return to question 4 by Sendolo (1:09:15 – 1:11:16)
Return to audience question by Emily and Bob (1:11:17 – 1:14:04)
Current historical context by Bob (1:14:05 – 1:17:23)