Social Justice and Peace Studies
As faculty of the Social Justice & Peace Studies and Women’s Studies programs we recognize the long and on-going history of racism and colonialism across Turtle Island, and within university institutions, including our own. We recognize that racism and colonialism often make university classes unsafe, inaccessible, unfriendly, and unwelcoming to Indigenous and racialized students leading to socio-economic deprivation and exacerbating mental health struggles. SJPS/WS is therefore committed to anti-racism and creating a safe, inclusive environment for all students, in particular our Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour students, whose experiences of racism are not all the same but differ according to their social locations. Your voices, your experiences, your critical insight and your lives matter here. We agree with Ibram Kendi, Angela Davis, and many other racialized scholars, who have insisted that it is not enough to be non-racist, we must strive to be actively anti-racist. We are committed to the long process of dismantling systemic racism and in the immediate future we commit to working with our students towards developing an Action Plan to improve the anti-racist content of our program and champion anti-racist efforts in the university as a whole.
Please continue to consult this page for updates to delivery for courses in the upcoming academic year. As of now, King’s University College and SJPS expect to be on-campus for delivery of all courses unless otherwise noted in the UWO Timetable. Further updates to COVID conditions are expected over the next few weeks.
As part of Interdisciplinary Programs the SJPS program is one of the only programs in Canada that combines the study and work of both justice and peace. This program critically examines the root causes of social injustice and violence in society, in our community and in the world. And it innovatively explores alternatives to injustice and violence by focusing on how to build peace and justice. It does this through rigorous academic training, combined with community based learning and numerous optional experiential learning opportunities in the global community. SJPS is the hub at King’s University for engaged, social innovation and active learning in the creation of a more just and peaceful community and world.