Social Justice Practicum (SJP)
The Center for Civic Learning & Community Action strives to materialize Adler University’s mission of social justice, community engagement and socially responsible practice by introducing graduate students to the SJP, an experiential educational practicum. Alfred Adler’s focus on community life, prevention, and population health is the inspiration for the Social Justice Practicum. Adlerian psychology emphasizes the human need and ability to create positive social change and impact. By participating in the SJP, students gain ground level experience by working alongside communities to support ameliorative transformation.
In brief, the SJP is a non-clinical and non-discipline specific experiential practicum that occurs during the Fall and Spring Terms. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside communities as agents of social change; and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity. The SJP helps students to gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary to be socially responsible practitioners.
The SJP’s framework intentionally seeks to materialize an experiential educational practicum for students to acquire the values of social interest, pluralism, courage, excellence, and pragmatism per Adler University’s mission. Using reflection and introspection as tools, the SJP is distinguished from a service-learning opportunity and can be more accurately described as an experiential educational opportunity.