I appeared on a HigherEdLive broadcast along with co-guest, colleague, and friend, Vernon Wall, and host Heather Shea Gasser to talk about social media and its intersections with social justice and change. Vernon and I talked about our collaboration on a combined social justice and social media training as well as recent events in higher education surrounding the use of Yik Yak. See a recording of the episode embedded below.
YIKYAK: SOCIAL MEDIA/JUSTICE/CHANGE
ORIGINALLY STREAMED LIVE: WED, APR 8, 2015 @ 12:00PM (EST)
HOSTED BY: HEATHER SHEA GASSER / HEATHER@HIGHEREDLIVE.COM
How does access to a live feed of what people around you are saying affect your perception of the climate of your campuses, your professional association, or society at large? Regardless of whether you view YikYak as “harmless” or “harmful”, a conversation about the intersections of social media, social justice and social change and what to do about it is a critical next step. How do social justice movements utilize social media to foster social change? What concepts of social justice translate to a digital space? How might social media posts interrupt forward progress towards inclusivity? Finally, what role do all of these platforms play in our lives as student affairs professionals, as social justice activists, and as people who desire a more inclusive and equitable climate in higher education?
On this episode, Heather Shea Gasser discusses these questions and more with social media and social justice experts Paul Gordon Brown and Vernon Wall. Provide feedback and ask questions of our guests by tweeting to #higheredlive during the show and we’ll do our best to incorporate them into the conversation.