World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is observed internationally on February 20

In light of Reading Week, U of A will be observing World Day of Social Justice February 14 -16

Mental health is directly connected to social justice. In other words, social injustices affect our mental health negatively and it’s important to acknowledge that some of us are more heavily impacted than others. Social injustice can cause cumulative stress that takes a mental, physical, and emotional toll on us as individuals. We often frame mental health as an individual problem but a social justice lens invites a collective approach to well-being of all.

Observing World Social Justice Day reminds us to proactively address systemic issues and acknowledge that a significant part caring for our community in a socially just way is by exploring how gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexuality, disability, and economic status create barriers and privileges that impact our community. Caring for our mental health also means advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus for not just ourselves but those around us as well. In doing so, we are more likely to enhance the well-being of our community as a whole.

Living Library

Listen to one of our 19 Living Books talk about personal experiences where their wellbeing has been impacted by systemic issues. Volunteers or “living books” share a chapter of their life with the small groups of U of A students, faculty, and staff. From a personal lens, living book volunteers will be invited to share their experience on topics including but the limited to, resilience, challenges and path towards change with their listeners.

Living Libraries help to spread awareness about how mental health intersects with social justice, to build empathy and confront stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination through sharing personal experiences.

Living Library catalogue & registration