Social justice begins with the assumption that all members of a community possess multiple intersecting identities, some of which are privileged identities and some of which are marginalized identities. Social justice seeks to shape a culture of inclusivity while recognizing that some members of that culture have unique sets of needs and challenges. Social justice relies on all members of the community working together to meet the needs of each member to insure the physical and emotional wellbeing of all.
While BGSU has demonstrated a strong commitment to these values, there is work to be done. Some of our most at-risk students belong to underrepresented and underserved populations. Students continue to report incidences of hate and harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identities. The recent student driven Call to Action initiative makes it clear that students believe more can and should be done by the University administration to enhance the culture of inclusivity at BGSU.