The certification program offers courses on injustice, indifference, and political segregation

November 22, 2021

Veronica Gonzalez, a junior in Barette at Arizona State University, is no stranger to difficult conversations about race and gender.

Junior Double-Major, a political science and English major, talks for years about the problems and discrimination she faced with her mother and sister.
Veronica Gonzalez, ASU Barrett, Honorary College Junior Double-Major is a member of the Network of Political Science and English, Justice Honor Network, a collaboration between Barrett College of Honor at ASU and Macaulay College of Honor at New York City University.
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“These injustices and injustices first came to my attention when I was a child, through my older sister and my mother. They both showed me the reality of being a woman of color. “Gonzales,” he said.

That’s why Gonzalez wants to get involved when she hears about the partnership between the Justice Equality Honor Network, Barrett, The Honors College and Macaulay Honors College at New York City University.

The network was founded by Olga Idris Davis, ASU Honor College Professor and Associate Dean at the Downon Phoenix Campus and Joseph Ugoretz, Senior Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Macaulay College.

The network is a certification program that offers comprehensive honors courses and activities focused on injustice, abuse of power and political exclusion.

The program began this fall with the first batch of JEHN Fellows from both honors colleges. Weekly online courses are co-sponsored by Rachel Fedok of Fellows of the Faculty of Honor and Zohora Saeed, Professor of Honor College of Machiavelli.

Summer conference to physically connect JEHN Fellows from Arizona and New York is in the planning stages. The program may be expanded to include other honors colleges in the future.

Davis’ The Honor of the Network is a reflection of the events and crises of 2020, the global epidemic, outrage over police violence and racism, long-standing attacks on black lives and black culture, political polarization and growing economic inequality, environmental degradation and dangerous civic rule. .

“We felt we needed something academic to respond to these events by focusing on values ​​in American democracy, justice, equality and equity,” she said.

“We want to create a network of young people, high achievers and future leaders who see the value of collaborating with the consciousness that recognizes their responsibility to change our beautiful world. Having such a community network is unique to honorable academic experience. JEHN offers a vision beyond what we can imagine.

“It is very difficult to have conversations like injustice, injustice and instability, but these are issues that we need to have. We must inform the students, ‘Here are some things that the previous generations did not clean up before you came. Now we have to tell you the story so that you can pay, teach others and make a difference, ‘”Davis added.

The goal of the Ugoretes network is to divide the country.

“We are a fragmented country, we feel divided. Gathering talented young people through these differences is a way to heal that fracture and inform them of their future decisions. ”

Unique in the network, according to Ugoretes, “This is especially for honorable students and especially for the network.

“These are the distinguishing features of this program from existing ethnic studies or social justice programs,” he said. They are interested.

Gonzalez says she is aware of different cultures and social issues that affect marginalized groups such as women and black, Latino and indigenous communities.

I think the most important and great thing about JEHN is how we learn about these parts of the story and we never know. In those lines, I learned how to do these kinds of talks correctly and how to avoid discomfort. We can only begin to make changes by discussing these issues. ”

Sierra Santiago, a high school student in political science at Africa and Puerto Rican / Latino Studies, says she learned how to analyze world history through networking and gain knowledge in the field of education and systemic oppression. Criminal justice.

“Although the United States education system as a whole covers the ‘important’ events in the history of this nation, many colonial and subjugated histories have not yet been told,” she said.

“Having difficult conversations and experiences is crucial to developing a strong and holistic view of the world. “It is important to learn how to adapt and adapt American narrative to new multicultural perspectives and to address public issues by upholding the rule of law.”

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Anusha Natajara

Anusha Natajaran, Barrett, Honorary College Junior, is using her experience to explain her dissertation, which focuses on sociology and history, Arizona history in textbooks, and the lack of history and culture associated with color communities.

“I have a strong interest in cultural education because many people, such as our textbooks or our history, have been included in our curriculum,” he said.

Natajara says she knows the role of Arizona, which has eroded its culture by evicting Americans from their homes and sending them to boarding schools.

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Alejandra Maya

“Arizona is one of the states where residential schools are located, and the history behind them is dark and brutal. JEHN is filling a gap in our social studies curriculum. ”

Alejandra Maya, Barett, Honorary College of Political Science, says students should not wait until college to learn about justice and fairness.

“This is a big issue because not everyone decides to pursue higher education, which is fine. But there is no problem that present and future generations will not be exposed to these challenging topics. These topics are real life experiences that everyone in the world is exposed to. It is important to educate and raise awareness, ”he said.

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Elisa Thomas

“JEHN has deepened my knowledge of the issues we face as a country and as a whole,” said Barrett, an Honors College Junior in Sociology for juvenile justice and political science.

“I appreciate the in-depth and diverse sources we review, historical articles, news stories, documentaries, YouTube videos and poems.

Gabriel Erves, a high school computer science professor at Macaulay College, said she was “impressed that we had a safe place to discuss issues.”

“I think this is very important because the first way to cure these issues is to have effective and constructive discussions that will help move the ball forward and change.”

The Equality Honor Network needs new honors students for the 2022–23 school year. The application is now open, and the application deadline is December 20.

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