I initially developed this site in order to post content related to a brand new VCU online course being offered in Summer 2015, Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community-Engaged Research, but then I quickly realized that this space could be used for so much more. I’ve decided that as a public relations teacher/scholar I can use my teaching and research strategically as a way to promote social justice for issues that I am personally passionate about, or feel need more recognition in my classes and community.
As I’ve continued to grow and populate this site (slowly, BUT surely!) I’ve come to realize that the idea of strategic social justice is needed now more than ever. In our current social and political climate, many of us (myself included) have been wracking our brains trying to determine how to best help our communities in need, but I’ve recently come to the realization that I had the tools within me all this time.
And so, this online space will be used as a platform and a voice for me empower and educate folks into truly believing in the value of communication that is:
- Strategic (meaning intentional, thoughtful, deliberate, but also with specific, measurable, and realistic end goals in mind);
- Evidence-based (meaning not just based on your opinion, or the opinions of folks who think similarly, but truly grounded in evidence and facts, but also stories and lived experiences); and
- Focused on social justice (meaning implemented in a way that works to ensure the rights of everyone, despite your background or where you come from).
This is my lens through which I operate. This is what I feel I need to do.
I’m excited for this journey.