Social justice is my passion. Most of my time is spent advocating for the rights and freedom of nonhuman animals but I support and advocate for various social justice causes and serve as an ally to other social justice movements.
I regularly volunteer to work with social justice organizations. I believe that all academics should dedicate some time to bringing the academy outside of the ivory tower, and bringing the needs and knowledge of activists, advocates and community members into he academy. (This is precisely why I am an applied sociologist!). In addition to teaching in away that meets the learning outcomes of students while also meeting community needs, and incorporating the concerns of social justice advocates into my research agenda, I volunteer my research skills to non profit and grassroots groups.
Progress For Science
I am a co-founder and organizer at Progress for Science a campaign focused on ending vivisection at the University of California Los Angeles. Our first objective is to end primate research at UCLA. Progress has three goals: 1) educate the public, 2) hold researchers accountable for their actions, and 3) demand that funding for these experiments stop.
MSU Animal Rights Concern
I serve as the faculty adviser to the MSU Animals rights Concern. It don’t really have to do much but be inspired by young people being innovative and fighting for a more just world.
Vegina is my former blog, focused on making connections between animal rights and other social justice issues. It is not currently very active and reflects my musing from years past.