A multidisciplinary group of faculty founded the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University. This initiative has the potential to transform SLU into the epicenter of equitable community building and knowledge curation related to healing from social injustice, trauma and oppression.
To eliminate disparities in individual and community health and well-being caused by systemic oppression, through research, training, community engagement, and policy change.
Operationalizing equity solely as policy change is insufficient. We assert that healing from systemic inequity must occur in tandem with policy change.
We define healing justice as practices, resources, and somatics that fosters healing from oppression.
We define equity as a state of being where race, gender, class, and other social identity categories can no longer predict life outcomes and outcomes for all groups are improved.
The Institute is committed to being honest that the academy does not have the answer, but that the research skills of the academy in collaboration with the indigenous knowledge of community can generate viable answers. The Center will utilize academic research, community practice, academic and public sector writing, teaching within and outside of the academy, community activism, and policy development to curate, create, solidify, and disseminate frameworks and practices for healing justice and equity.
About the Institute's Areas of Work
The institute curates and disseminates organizational resources, community knowledge, and academic research that contribute to healing from injustice and racial inequity. Healing Justice refers to the process of creating pathways to being whole and in relationship with self and others while acknowledging harm from interpersonal, institutional and structural oppression.
Institute for Healing Justice and Equity FoundersKira Hudson Banks, Ph.D. Professor, Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
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College of Arts and Sciences
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Professor, School of Law
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