“We’re building on the legacy of this campus. A social justice approach is our interpretation of the Wisconsin Idea. If the borders of the campus are the borders of the state, or the world, the educational access that we get by being here in Wisconsin includes a responsibility to help transform our surroundings into more just, equitable places.
If individual humans are complicated, cultures and societies are exponentially so. Everybody says that they want to live in a diverse world, but few people are prepared for the reality: the messiness, the uncomfortableness.
A social justice approach is a structural, systemic transformation: allowing us to live in a world where everyone has access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I may not be able to change the whole world. But if I had any hand in helping an amazing person, who’s about to go into the world beyond this campus, that’s an incredible legacy.”