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Initiative for Social Justice Pedagogies (ISJP)

Welcome to ISJP. We invite you to participate in our fall programming. We are offering a variety of opportunities for the university community to join us in discussion, self-reflection, and coalition building.

🗒 Register for ISJP Events Now!

All fall programming will take place from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. (bringing lunch is encouraged) in the Mary Lou Kent Room on the 6th floor of Malpass Library and via Zoom.

ISJP Critical Friends

Are you looking to create community with others on the WIU campus? Do you want to hear how others are working to support students and the ever-changing university? Each month we will focus on topics for discussion, inviting participants to share their experiences and navigate our spaces together. Please join us once a month for coalition building and support wherever you have the opportunity.

  • Monday, Sept 12 ‘Check in’: Our first gathering will focus on checking in with one another about the start of the new academic year, successes, and struggles.
  • Monday, Oct 3 ‘Student Health/Wellness’: This gathering will focus on supporting students and resources for health and wellness.
  • Monday, Nov 7 ‘Personnel Health/Wellness’: This month the focus is on taking care of our own health and wellness. Come learn what others are doing and share your own wellness plan.
  • Monday, Dec 5 ‘Looking Back–Planning Forward’: As we near the end of the fall semester, we’ll talk about our semester and plans for the spring. Let’s celebrate and look forward.

ISJP Consultations

Do you have questions about classroom issues, ideas for pedagogical approaches, or want feedback on classroom planning? We will be available to talk with you the last Monday of each month during Fall semester. Each session will start with a focus on a specific topic, but we are happy to address other concerns and questions of participants.

  • Monday, Sept 26 'Classroom Culture'
  • Monday, Oct 31 'Pedagogical Ideas'
  • Monday, Nov 28 'Rethinking your Syllabus' 

ISJP Fall 2022 Book Study 

We invite anyone from the university community interested in participating in our book study to join us as we talk about making connections with people who look at the world differently.

This is a 5-week discussion and participants are encouraged to attend whenever possible.

  • Wednesdays September 14, 21, 28, October 5, and 12

Image if Monica Guzman and her Book  I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times:


Mónica Guzmán’s I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times:

Mónica Guzmán, the chief storyteller for the national cross-partisan depolarization organization Braver Angels, explore how to overcome the fear and certainty that surround us to finally do what only seems impossible: understand and even learn from people in your life whose whole worldview is different from or even opposed to yours.

Drawing from cross-partisan conversations she’s had, organized, or witnessed, Guzmán shows how you can put your natural sense of wonder to work for you immediately, finding the answers you need by talking with people—rather than about them—and asking the questions you want, curiously.

📨 ISJP Presenter Contact Information

Rebeckah Buchanan
Rebeckah Buchanan,
Professor and Director of English Education

Office: Simpkins 226
Phone: (309) 306-1883

Jim LaPrad
Jim LaPrad, Ph.D.,
Professor of Social Foundations of Education

Office: Horrabin Hall 115M
Phone: (309) 298-1436