Social Justice Research How will YOU add to the conversation?

Making Sense of Your Issue

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

Who are all involved and how are they being affected differently?

In what ways is this an issue? To what degree?

When is this an issue? Under what conditions?

YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE ANSWERS... SIMPLY ADD TO THE CONVERSATION

What do we need to give greater attention to and why?

What experiences are NOT being acknowledged or addressed?

What questions should we be asking?

Be open

Information is contextual

Keep your information need in mind.

What information is available?

What information is relevant?

Look at a lot of information... here are a few starting points

62% of U.S. adults get news on social media

Search aggregated news with Google News

EBSCOhost login when accessing off-campus

Be skeptical

Is information accurate?

http://www.wnyc.org/story/breaking-news-consumers-handbook-pdf/

PolitiFact Methodology

Information is constructed

Be nuanced

It's not just about picking between or balancing available information?

What do we know based on all available information? What statistics, facts, and quotes are being referenced? Which perspectives are being shared?

What information, stories, and voices are NOT being represented or recorded?

What do we know? What are we missing?

Blind monks examining an elephant, an ukiyo-e print by Hanabusa Itchō. Public Domain.

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