This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice. This book is an excellent resource for group facilitators, counselors, trainers in classrooms and workshops, professors, teachers, higher education personnel, community educators, and other professionals involved with educating others about diversity and equity.

Developing and Enlisting Support for Social Justice

Developing and enlisting support for social justice

In the previous chapter, I discussed how empathy, moral and spiritual values, and self-interest can motivate people from privileged groups to support social justice. This chapter will focus on how this framework can be applied to our educational and change efforts. I will further describe how to foster and appeal to empathy, moral and spiritual values, and self-interest to enlist support for social change efforts. I will also consider ways to encourage people to be allies and activists.


Fostering Empathy

To increase empathy, both the intellect and the emotions need to be engaged. In general, to foster empathy, people need to maximize personal knowledge and heighten emotional attunement. By imagining another's point of view ...

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