The Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) at Brock University has announced the appointment of Mary Breunig as its first director. An associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and President of the Association of Experiential Education, Breunig brings to the Institute a wealth of research and leadership experience and a passion for social justice issues.
Breunig will be assisted in her new role by the SJRI’s Faculty Steering Committee.
Current members (2012-14) are: David Butz (Geography), Janet Conway (Sociology), June Corman (Sociology), Keri Cronin (Visual Arts), Andrea Doucet (Sociology/Women’s Studies), Rebecca Raby (Child and Youth Studies) and Larry Savage (Labour Studies).
For the past academic year, Janet Conway has served as chair of the Faculty Steering Committee, and Jodie Harrison has worked as a research assistant to the committee. Mary-Beth Raddon, the new director of Social Justice and Equity Studies grad program, has also recently joined the Faculty Steering Committee. SJRI is also made up of more than 40 faculty members and will be announcing a call for new members in the fall.
The Social Justice Research Institute brings together researchers and students from a wide variety of disciplines to produce socially relevant and community-based scholarship on social justice issues and to create connections with community organizations. SJRI builds on a strong tradition of social justice research and teaching at Brock University. It aims to establish the university as a Canadian and international leader in transdisciplinary social justice scholarship and community-university partnerships for the betterment of society in Niagara and beyond.