Charles L. Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges, shared his passion for social justice last month at TEDxSBU. The audience listened. Now, hundreds more are tuning in to hear his presentation, Social Justice: Is It Still Relevant in the 21st Century? The YouTube video has close to 2,000 views already.
In the presentation, Robbins states, “Social justice is a place where everybody’s free to achieve everything that they are capable of doing, where there is an even playing field for everybody, where every child who’s born is allowed to dream — is allowed to dream really big. It doesn’t matter what their background is, it doesn’t matter what their gender is, it doesn’t matter what their language is, it doesn’t matter where they are, and it even doesn’t matter how much their parents earn.”
But since we are not yet at that ideal place, Robbins urges others to join him in the struggle to make a difference, as he shares the issues he is most passionate about: racism and human rights, gender rights and gender violence, gun control, poverty, LQBTQA issues and the criminal justice system. Robbins says we owe it those who have come before us and to those who will come after us to stand up for social justice, which is just as important — maybe even more important — today than ever before.