Coady Chair in Social Justice

Join us in conversation…

Faculty Conversation

When: June 23, 10:00-11:00 AM ADT
Where:  Zoom  

The Coady Chair in Social Justice (CCSJ) is a fund aimed at engaging StFX University and the community in issues of social justice. The work of the CCSJ has always been focused on building right relationships within and among our diverse communities, examining our strengths, challenges and obstacles and understanding our multiple starting points as a foundation for building just futures.

The pandemic is shifting the ground under our feet and its impacts are bringing social inequities into sharp relief. How we engage in Social Justice work at Coady and StFX has profound possibilities for the future. This spring the CCSJ Committee is stepping back to engage stakeholders in reimagining what could be, we are asking:

  • How can the CCSJ help us realize our commitment to social justice, social responsibility, and active local to global citizenship?
  • How can we best activate learning and action around social justice in our local communities and at StFX? 

Community Conversation

When: June 26, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ADT
Where:  Zoom  

The Coady Chair in Social Justice (CCSJ) is a fund aimed at engaging StFX University and local communities in issues of social justice. Since 2012 this fund has been used to host seven brilliant local and global social justice activists to share their stories, to help build right relationships within and among our diverse communities, to examine our strengths, challenges and obstacles to build foundations for just futures. 

The COVID 19 pandemic and the global surge in Black Lives Matter movements are shifting the ground under our feet. As social inequities and systemic racism everywhere are being brought into focus. How we engage in Social Justice now has profound possibilities for the future. This spring the CCSJ Committee has been stepping back to reimagine together what could be.  We are asking: 

  • How can we best activate learning and action around social justice in our local communities and at StFX?

Coady Alumni Conversation

When: June 25, 9:00-10:30 ADT
Where: Zoom

Many of you will have encountered the Coady Chair in Social Justice (CCSJ) during your time in Antigonish. The Chair has been funded with the goal of engaging Coady, StFX University and the local community in issues of social justice. The work of the CCSJ has always been focused on building right relationships within and among our diverse communities, examining our strengths, challenges and obstacles and understanding our multiple starting points as a foundation for building just futures.

As the pandemic shifts the ground under our feet and its impacts brings social inequities into sharp relief. How we engage in Social Justice work has profound possibilities for the future. This spring the CCSJ Committee is stepping back to engage stakeholders in reimagining what could be, we are asking:

  • What are the emerging questions and possibilities in Social Justice work now. 
  • How can the CCSJ catalyze action now and help support the next generation of social justice leaders?

 

Student Engagement 

When: June 25, 1:00-2:00 PM ADT
Where:  Zoom

The pandemic is shifting the ground under our feet and its impacts are bringing social inequities into sharp relief. How we engage in Social Justice work at X has profound possibilities for the future. 

The Coady Chair in Social Justice (CCSJ) is a fund aimed at engaging StFX University and the community in issues of social justice. Since 2012 we have hosted seven brilliant local and global social justice activists to share their stories with StFX and the community. The work of the CCSJ has always been focused on building right relationships within and among our diverse communities, examining our strengths, challenges and obstacles and understanding our multiple starting points as a foundation for building just futures. 

This spring the CCSJ Committee is stepping back to engage stakeholders in reimagining what could be, we want to know: 

  • What are the emerging possibilities in Social Justice work now?
  • How can the CCSJ catalyze real action now and support the next generation of social justice leaders?

We hope that you will join us in a lively discussion about what is possible. If you cannot join please take this survey and share your thoughts.

Past Social Justice Chairs

2018: Mfalatsane Pricillah (Sadi) is the former Chief Director of Sustainable Livelihoods with the Department of Social Development for the Government of South Africa. A member of Coady’s Advisory body and a graduate of Coady’s Asset-based and Citizen-led Development (ABCD) and Livelihoods and Markets certificates, Motsuenyane has a longstanding relationship with Coady, and is a passionate ABCD practitioner.
2017: Dorene Bernard, a respected Mi’kmaq Grassroots Grandmother, dedicates her life to protecting the environment against the impacts of climate change. Her social work career in Mi’kmaki, includes child welfare and support for Indian Residential School survivors and their families. She volunteers to promote culture, language, social justice, Treaty Rights, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and reconciliation.
2016: Alan Syliboy is an internationally renowned Mi’kmaw artist, filmmaker, musician and social justice advocate whose works have inspired renewed community pride in Mi’kmaw culture and heritage.
A recipient of the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Mr. Syliboy shares his creativity to engage youth and advocate for environmental sustainability, nation-building and reconciliation. May 31 Inverview with CBC radio
2015: Palagummi Sainath of India is the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize (2000). Sainath has won more than 40 global and national awards. His book Everybody Loves a Good Drought has remained a non-fiction bestseller. Sainath’s work has been described as the ‘conscience of the Indian nation’, and has helped promote new national policies for the rural poor. May 27 interview with CBC Radio Ideas.
Rajagopal P. V
2014: Caroljean Willie, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, served as the NGO representative at the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity Federation from 2007 to 2014. In that role Sr. CJ was a leading advocate on issues related to sustainable development, women’s leadership and inter-faith cooperation based on her experience working cross-culturally throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.
2013: Rajagopal P. V. is a Gandhian activist,  Vice-Chair of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi,and the president and founding member of Ekta Parishad,  a grassroots right-based organization in India. Rajagopal focused on approaches to nonviolent social change, especially on land rights and natural resource issues.
2012:   Dr. Deborah Barndt is an Associate Professor in Environmental Studies and Coordinator of the Community Arts Practice Certificate Program at York University.  Dr Barndt focused on the themes of arts for social change, local and global food issues.

The CCSJ is an important means to deepen StFX University’s commitment to its service to society’s mission, to develop student’s understanding and sense of social responsibility, and to support the Coady International Institute as a centre for global citizen leadership and social justice at StFX University.