The Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Committee at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is committed to raising awareness regarding social justice issues that affect students, individuals, families, and communities throughout the greater Milwaukee area as well as nationally and internationally. We are committed to creating a school environment that is diverse, inclusive, equitable, and values the worth of faculty, students, and community members.

The purpose of the Social Justice Committee is to maximize opportunities to educate students about ideas, theories, methods, and interventions related to social justice and how to translate that knowledge into ethical practices for solving social inequities. We also are dedicated to creating programs and opportunities for faculty, students, and community members to learn about and discuss social justice issues related to environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges.

The committee’s vision is that students educated in our social work program will leave the BSW, MSW, and doctoral program equipped to recognize inequities and injustice, facilitate the building of safe, equitable, sustainable, and non-discriminatory practices that will lead to healthier, inclusive communities, and to help, advocate, support, and partner with individuals, groups, and communities who have been denied adequate opportunities to fully realize their potential.

Social Justice in Housing

Safe, stable, and accessible housing has a profound impact on the physical, emotional, and social well-being of children and families. Housing instability disproportionately effects disadvantaged groups—minorities, the elderly, the mentally ill, women with children, those working in low-wage jobs. These disparities are especially acute in Milwaukee.

Responding to homelessness, eviction rates and procedures, and other barriers to stable housing in Milwaukee and beyond means addressing the social inequities that create and perpetuate them. The HBSSW Social Justice Committee invites you to join this effort.

Learn More:

How Redlining Continues to Shape Racial Segregation in Milwaukee 

Expanding the Blueprint: The role of nonprofit and private organizations in Milwaukee’s affordable housing landscape 

‘A grasp on stable shelter:’ As the pandemic recedes, housing instability remains a big problem in Milwaukee 

Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History- Code Switch NPR **Explicit Language** 

Evicted: Matthew Desmond 

Color of Law: Richard Rothstein 

Advocacy Resources:

30 Ways You Can Advance Fair Housing 

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council 

Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy 

Resources for Assistance:

Social Development Commission-Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance Program 

Community Advocates Rent Assistance Program 

Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center 

Legal Aid Eviction Defense Project 

Courses Covered:

SW 306: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy 

SW 851: Social Issue and Policy Analysis 

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