The Center for Social Justice Research at the University of Wyoming was founded 10 years ago.
And its creation emerged from an endowment set up after Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie in 1998.
Kate Muir Welsh directs the Center.
While her public talks often begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, they linger on, “. . . and justice for all.”
“What, exactly, is ‘justice for all?'” she asks.
“Is it equitable access?
“Assurance that needs will be met?”
Likewise, social justice is strong at Muir’s home. She said she and her husband share the same beliefs.
“We do small acts of kindness.
“We donate money to causes we believe in.
“And we engage politically.”
“What, exactly, is ‘justice for all’? Is it equitable access? Equitable resources? Assurance that everyone’s needs will be met?”
Current Research Areas
Regarding critical issues in Wyoming, Welsh says the wage gap is front and center.
As recently as 2017, Fortune found that Wyoming ranks lowest for female/male wage equality.
Sadly, women earn 64¢ to a man’s dollar15 compared to the national average of 80¢ on the dollar.
And adding to the concerns, Muir pointed to momentum gaining for immigration issues.
With a primarily white population (about 92%), race and intolerance are also perennial concerns.18
Currently the Center awards research grants based on individual applications.
• See video highlights from the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice is April 11-14, 2018 in Laramie, including talks and panels that feature Matthew Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard.
• Matthew Shepard Foundation, in its 20th year of striving “to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.”
• Watch any of 165 Ted Talks on Social Justice.
• Likewise, read about Safe Zone training at the University of Wyoming
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Ellen Synakowski lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
Her website is EllenSynakowski.com
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”1 — C. West