1. Self-reflection on the lens you view the world through is crucial
The article "Identity and Social Action: The Role of Self-Examination in Systemic Change" the author speaks about the experience of her students in service learning, and how she teaches them t acknowledge the lens they look through due to their upbringing and lifestyle. One must be aware of the way their experience and beliefs colors their perception of the world if they ever want to be able to objectively approach and issue to find the systematic issue. Once we stop blaming individuals we find the system that is the true problem
2. There are three different types of citizens: personally responsible,
participatory, and justice oriented.
The type of citizen you try to foster may effect the the of volunteers and change makers they become. Personally responsible citizens try to be good citizen by having good values and character, and by abiding by the laws. Participatory citizens actively participate and take leadership positions within established systems in order to better society. Justice oriented citizens question and change established systems especially when they feel they perpetuate injustice. All these citizens have their pros and cons. For example, fostering participatory citizens may not help increase voter participation in young children. While raising a justice oriented citizen =does not guarantee their success in participation and changing systems. There are varying views within these different views of citizenship that effect its outcomes.
3. By not discussing the many different, and somewhat uncomfortable
factors of service we run this risk of perpetuating bad service.
There can be an inherent equality in service. Those who are served can be made to feel inferior while those who serve are made to feel good and saintly. People may participate in service to feel as though they are good people while ignoring the potentially harmful effects their service may have or their attitudes about service may have. This goes back to the article we read last week about being conscious of your motives and the situation you find yourself in. You must educate yourself not only on the service you are about to do but on your on motives and the potential outcomes on your actions the motives can have.
Laurette Hanna will be a sophomore at the University of Washington with intended majors in psychology and political science. She is hoping to pursue a career in law with a focus in social justice and civil litigation, with goals to work for the ACLU.