Social Justice and Advocacy
How will you practice social justice?
We educate and we take action. For example, the Sisters of the Holy Names believe strongly that water is a human right and should not be bought or sold. Our Peace and Justice Society, one of the most active clubs on campus, helps educate the student body on local and global social justice topics.
On campus, we act upon our convictions.
- Rather than buy bottled water, we bring our own water canteens to school and fill them with fresh, free, cold, filtered water from our fountains.
- We recycle.
- We support fair trade products and sell fair trade chocolate on campus.
- Service to others is embedded in our clubs and our curriculum.
"Spending time with people different from us and who live on the margins changes us and expands our worldview. This kind of exposure also helps us discover what breaks our hearts and what ignites our passions. As Gandhi said, 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.'"
Sister Anna Keim, Director of Service and Social Justice
Social justice is an important element of Ramona’s curriculum both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the social justice course that is part of the Theology Department curriculum, each grade level has a unique social justice curricular focus.
The freshman class learns about the importance of water as a world resource, sophomores study immigration, juniors study human trafficking, and seniors learn about poverty. These topics are closely associated with the justice work of the Sisters of the Holy Names.
"We are taught not to simply follow what others do but to fight for social justice and stand up for what is right."