The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life grounds its social justice, equity and inclusion work in the following definition by Dr. Lee Anne Bell:
“We believe that social justice is both a process and a goal. The goal of social justice is full and equal participation of all groups in society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. We envision a society in which individuals are both self-determining (able to develop their full capacities) and interdependent (capable of interacting democratically with others). Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others, their society, and the broader world in which we live. These are conditions we wish not only for our own society but also for every society in our interdependent global community.”
We acknowledge that part of social justice is learning, understanding and own our history so we can determine our future. We are currently developing a site that covers the fraternity and sorority life history both nationally and locally at UW-Madison.