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

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

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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.


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. 


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. 


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
Issue number11-12
Early online date19 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes


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