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The Fashion, Culture, History, and Social Justice minor gives you an opportunity to better understand diverse consumers and help provide them with the products they desire. Future leaders entering the fashion, museum or other related industries will develop an increased awareness of appearances and fashions of people historically experiencing oppression and marginalization. Having a background in social justice as you enter the workforce helps you better understand people who are different from you. Additionally, understanding more about others can aid in societal improvements towards developing a more socially just environment. Examples of a few job titles that this minor would benefit include museum curator, collections manager, research associate, chief diversity officer, human resource roles, designers, merchandisers, product developers, and/or marketing managers.

When Product Management Meets Social Justice

On December 9, social justice investing exploded on the exchange traded fund scene with the launch of the Adasina Social Justice All Cap Global ETF (JSTC). JSTC is the first publicly traded ETF to follow an index that screens out companies whose policies, products or services exacerbate social injustice. Beginning with a global universe of 9,000 stocks, Adasina screened out companies based on racial, gender, economic and climate justice criteria. The ETF follows an index of 891 companies that passed the negative screenings.

Adasina Social Capital changed the industry landscape by unlocking a door for social justice investors: an approachable product that meets their dual return objectives of sustainable financial earnings coupled with social justice returns.

Social justice investors are looking for a financial advisor who can help them plan for expected financial events, build a reasonable cushion for unexpected financial events and research products that reflect their social justice values.

While social justice investing resonates with investors across all generations, millennial investors (myself included) are particularly interested in driving their financial resources through a portfolio that reflects their personal values:

Social justice investors also look to financial advisors for products and strategies that incorporate social justice returns. The universe of social justice investments is quickly evolving from nascency to absorb increased interest from mainstream investors. Millennials, who already tend to be more socially conscious than their parents, are gaining financial wealth at the same time as their intentions to fight for social justice ignite into action.

The Social Justice Leadership Academy (SJLA) workbook will provide a foundation for a clearer understanding of where you, your organization and services are when it comes to embedding principles of social justice and equity in mental health and substance use treatment.

The primary audience for this workbook is individual community mental health and substance use treatment providers and leaders at any level of experience. This workbook will benefit individuals of all identities and backgrounds regardless of the layers of privilege and disadvantages that impact our understanding of social justice. We recommend individuals complete this workbook independently before working on it within teams or an entire organization. (Specific exercises and tools indicate how and when to involve others).

The course facilitates an examination of how and if management and managers can be vehicles to advance social justice in different forms - ecological, economic, racial, sexual or gender, design etc. Grounded in critical social theories, it explores how and if someone interested in using management ideas to generate social justice inhabits a contradiction. And is it possible to think of management in terms of larger questions of social justice, to create workplaces and organizations in general that are more democratic and inclusive? The course requires students to attend or view recordings of the Management & Social Justice Conversation Series, ground them in the literature and take an actively engaged and critically reflective stance towards the topics and organizations we study. We will look at themes such as emancipatory management practices, forms of inclusion in workplaces, intersectional management practices, indigenous knowledge/politics, and ecological activism, and organizations. Students are encouraged to submit their final products to be featured in the conversation series for the following year. More about Management and Social Justice at The New School.

What happens when environmental justice, social vulnerability, and flooding intersect? Who is affected differently and why? What barriers or external factors contribute to the vulnerability of certain groups? Most importantly, what actions can the flood risk management community take to advance equity and resilience for all?

Total credits required: 123 including a minimum of 18 credits in AMD at Iowa State University for the degree (12 of the 18 credits must be at the 300-400 level). The major in apparel, merchandising, and design provides a broad-based program of study with flexibility in creating program options. Courses are required in general education and the apparel industry professional core. To complete the program, a student selects a primary option from design, product development and innovation, product management and sourcing, merchandising and retail analytics, or fashion communication.

The AMD major provides a broad-based program of study with flexibility in creating an individualized program. To complete the program, a student combines general education, AMD core classes, and a structure of focused courses to form an option in: (a) creative and technical design, (b) fashion communication, (c) product development and innovation, (d) product management and sourcing, or (e) merchandising and retail analytics.

An option in creative and technical design is appropriate for those interested in the aesthetic and creative aspects of design, technical design, costuming, textile design, and product development. The fashion communications option prepares students for the development and delivery of visual, written, and oral communication. Career opportunities are in visual merchandising, styling, fashion influencing, social media, and communication. An option in product development and innovation is appropriate for those interested in developing innovative products for special markets including accessories, footwear, performance wear, smart textiles, functional apparel, and soft-goods for home. Career opportunities include designer, materials testing, quality assurance, and technical design. The product management and sourcing option is appropriate for those interested in both line planning, product development, and merchandising products or lines for consumer groups, sourcing, quality assurance, and manufacturing. An option in merchandising and retail analytics prepares students for the planning, promotion, and presentation of market-oriented product lines and events. Career opportunities are in buying, promotion, sales, product development, branding, and management in both manufacturing and retailing sectors with a focus on the textile and apparel industry.

Having an increased awareness of appearances and fashions of individuals historically experiencing oppression and marginalization can aid in societal improvements towards developing a more socially just environment. As students enter the workforce with a social justice background, they can better understand and work with others who are different from them. Additionally, having a better understanding of diverse consumers could help provide these consumers with the products they desire, in addition to avoiding public diversity issues that are far too common in the fashion industry.

"Feminism and Social Justice" is an adaptation of Distinguished Professor Bettina Aptheker's long-running course at UC Santa Cruz. In the course, Professor Aptheker presents a broad definition of feminism that serves to frame three significant events in the history of feminism and social justice: the Empire Zinc strike of 1951, the 1971-1972 trial of Angela Davis, and the #metoo Movement.

The hashtag "metoo" appeared on social media in 2017 in response to a number of high-profile sexual assault allegations in the entertainment industry. It quickly spread to other societal domains and continues to spur discussion and action around the world. In this module, you will learn about the causes and outcomes of the #metoo movement, and its contribution to feminism and social justice. You will also have an opportunity to discuss recent changes resulting from the #metoo movement with your fellow learners.

Prior to joining Community as the first product hire, Michael advised numerous startups and held various product roles at Pivotal Labs, Adobe, OpenX. Michael is also passionate about improving D&I in product management and tech in general. He recently spoke on this topic in the Diverse Voices in Product series.Michael holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in Computer Science from Morehouse College.


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