Event seeks to embed social justice into science for ‘progressive social change’
BY WILLIAM NARDI - UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON •THE COLLEGE FIX
Scientific inquiry has long been considered a stalwart of observation and objectivity, but one effort underway by some researchers prioritizes applying a “critical social justice lens into science,” according to an upcoming event at UC Santa Cruz.
The event, what organizers dubbed “Feminist Science,” describes the effort as a method that infuses social justice, inclusion and equality into science to advance progressive social change.
“Research Justice 101: Tools for Feminist Science” will be hosted at the Northern California school next week and teach researchers how to “practice a socially just science,” according to the event’s description on the university’s website. Researchers at UC Berkeley and other nearby schools have been invited to attend.
“Participants will be challenged to apply principles and practices of justice to their own work, interrogating questions such as: Who benefits? Who is harmed? Who is most vulnerable? … And ultimately, who do we do science for, and why? The workshop will conclude with practical skills and resources for participants to push their research communities to be more inclusive, equitable and attentive to social justice,” the event description states.
The workshop is hosted by Free Radicals, described as “a collective that envisions an open and responsible science that works toward progressive social change.”