Welcome to the UUCSJ Global Justice Summer Internship Reflection Guide!
As part of all of our programs, the UU College of Social Justice actively supports participants in learning to become more effective in countering oppressive systems. To facilitate this process for internship participants, we have designed a basic curriculum with a series of reflections containing readings, quotes and multimedia. This curriculum invites you to reflect upon core themes in social justice and how these themes impact both your life and the lives of the partners and organizations you will be working with.
Along with everything that you’ll learn through the work that you’ll be doing during your internship, we want you to think about your own place in relation to the justice struggles you will be encountering.
The guiding questions in this curriculum are thus:
- How can you make sense of your experience as you go?
- What does it mean to be an ally to the struggles you witness?
- How can you be a more effective activist for justice when you come back home?
The curriculum engages with these questions in a hands on and meaningful way, helping us think deeply about the particular lenses we wear, based on race, class, culture, and place. That process opens us up to learning from people whose relation to all these things might be very different from our own. And in this learning, we can better find and define our role in justice work.