Esther Larson McGinnis Scholar Lecture

Dr. Jennifer L. Walton-Fisette will be presenting “Be the Change: Engaging in Pedagogies of Social Justice in Physical Education and Human Movement.”

Lecture Abstract: The purpose of the presentation is to argue that social justice and equity needs to be central when engaging in scholarly and pedagogical work related to physical education and human movement. I will delve into my own scholarly journey related to social justice in physical education teacher education and issues with equity and social justice within policy work. It is well documented that for decades, social justice has been marginalized within physical education, kinesiology, and recreation scholarship and programs of study. But, we are at a time in our history, especially within the U.S., where we cannot hide, gloss over, or explicitly neglect the identities and positionalities of the people we research and teach and their histories and lived experiences. Today, in 2022, it is our collective responsibility to espouse a social justice and equity perspective and approach to our research and pedagogy. This can occur through macro transformation by changing systemic policies and practices that perpetuate injustices and inequities in our programs or through micro transformation by being the change within your own spaces, pedagogies, and overall lived experiences at the grass roots level. The hope is that through macro and micro transformation, we can offer educational opportunities that are inclusive, equitable, and just for all.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Cost: Free


Bone Student Center- Brown Ballroom 100 N. University St. Normal Illinois 61761

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