Social Responsibility


Michael TrippMichael Tripp

What is your vision of global social responsibility?
Human beings need to develop the compassion backed by effort and action to care for their fellow human beings. The idea is that we’ll set up social institutions to adjust ourselves to the vision (of global social justice); we don’t have them now. We need to see unity, diversity and respect for diversity on a macro-scale. In answer to the question, “Are you your brother’s keeper? I say yes.”

What social and environmental justice issues do you feel passionate about?
I feel the most passionate about racism, classism, sexism, xenophobia, militarism, heterosexism, and trans-national corporate expansion at the expense of humanitarianism.

What areas of research or activism are you currently most engaged with?
I’m involved with a race issue colloquium, which gives an assessment of student learning. I’m concerned by juvenile delinquency, and understanding the cognitive development of social (often racial) identity and awareness.

What presentations, publications, student support activities or community service projects have you focused on in the last couple of years?
I am the Chair of CODE (Committee on Diversity in Education); I am part of the leadership team for CAREI (Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative), a task force for the development and planning of anti-racist initiatives at the university as well as in the community; I am the President of the Board of Directors for the Multicultural Children’s Art Connection; I give presentations at national and regional conferences on race issues in education.

What books/films/authors/artists, etc. pertaining to social and environmental justice have been very influential in your life?
There is a book, “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison. I’ve also been greatly influenced by Mohammad Ali and Malcom X.

What publications do you read or would you recommend to students?

Z Magagine, The Nation, The Progressive

What skills do you teach that empower students to become activists/active global citizens?
I teach critical thinking on social issues. I encourage fulfilling social responsibility through action, having the willingness to do something.

Where did you do your graduate work?
PhD in Social Welfare and a Masters in Social Work at the University of California – Berkeley.

What classes do you teach?
HURL 101 Human Relations and Race, HURL 201 Non-Oppressive Relations I, HURL 206 Understanding Oppression, HURL 301 Non-Oppressive Relations II, HURL 413/513 Division in the Workplace

Which of these are available to graduate students?
HURL 513 Division in the Workplace

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