Making #blacklivesmatter in universities: a viewpoint on social policy education

Bindi Bennett*, Jioji J. Ravulo, Jim Ife, Trevor G. Gates

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: 

The purpose of this viewpoint article is to consider the #BlackLivesMatter movement within the Aboriginal Australian struggle for equality, sovereignty and human rights. Indigenous sovereignty has been threatened throughout Australia's history of colonization. We provide a viewpoint and recommendations for social policy education and practice.

Design/methodology/approach: 

We provide commentary and interpretation based upon the lived experience of Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color (BIPOC) co-authors, co-authors who are Allies, extant literature and practice wisdom as social policy educators. 

Findings: 

Universities are sources of knowledge production, transmission and consumption within society. We provide critical recommendations for what social policy education within universities can address human rights and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

Originality/value: 

Culturally responsive inclusion for BIPOC has only just begun in Australia and globally within the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This paper adds critical conversation and recommendations for what social policy programs might do better to achieve universities' teaching and learning missions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1263
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Volume41
Issue number11-12
Early online date19 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

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