6 Questions for Educators and Institutional Leaders to Consider Regarding Racial Profiling, Social Justice, and The Role of Higher Education

Here is a short list of questions that were posed to myself and others on a panel about racial profiling, social justice, and the role of higher education.

Read them, reflect, and produce your own answers.

“1. What are your personal reactions to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, Tamir Rice, and others? Specifically, how has it impacted your role as a student, faculty, and/or staff member?


2. Should colleges and universities discuss issues like what took place in Ferguson with Mike Brown or New York with Eric Garner? Why or why not, and how?

A. Was Ferguson ever discussed in any of your classrooms?

B. Have you noticed more programming related to race relations and social justice on campus as a result of all of the social media attention on cases like Ferguson, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and others?

C. Why do you think it was or was not addressed?


3. Did you discuss the events that took place in Ferguson, or other events related to racial profiling and police brutality with your peers?


4. What would encourage or prevent you from discussing future issues of racial injustice in class and on campus?


5. How can the academy continue to foster student development in areas surrounding racial injustice?


6. How does systemic racism play a role in how conversations about race can take place in higher education?”

For more on my thoughts on some of these questions, visit Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian and read, “Yes, Anger Influences My Work for Racial Justice, and No, We Won’t Calm Down“.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

Relando Thompkins-Jones

I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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