Social Justice Reflection

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When writing this essay, I struggled to condense all of my experiences to describe my personal experience with social justice. However, when doing so, I realized that I did not learn about social injustice or even the implications of people being “different” until I began school. Racially, I was different. I had parents who were not the same color; a classmate pointed that out in third grade. My hair was not “white” enough nor was it not “black enough”; I was are of this due to my family being so diverse, but girls on my volleyball team made me aware of that in 7th grade. Children in school taught me what it was to be different. As I matured and began considering career options, a series of chain events became my driving force to advocate …show more content…
As a school psychologist, commitment to advocacy and respect for individual differences; to empirical knowledge and professional competency; and to maintain self-awareness and ethical practice is my philosophy and role as a school psychologist to ultimately provide comprehensive services, as well as to help maintain a healthy and supportive learning environment in order to strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. To do this, I take into account that not only do I educate clients, colleagues and parents, but that I advocate for the underrepresented, but I also strive to provide positive educational outcomes. I strive to represent, preserve and protect individuals with academic difficulties; social-emotional difficulties; and educating those who may not understand how social privilege is upheld and how social mobility is hindered. Out of many goals pertaining to my field, it is my ethical duty to oblige with IDEA’s regulation to provide students with the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extend appropriate. While I value and incorporate into my work all of NASP’s practice models, domain 8: Diversity in Development and Learning is where I tend to resort to when considering social justice, essentially as it pertains Promoting fairness and social justice in school policies and programs and having knowledge of individual differences, abilities, disabilities, and other diverse student characteristics; principles and research related to diversity factors for children,