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Sonoma State University: Economic Inequality, Gender Bias, Racism, Police Brutality, and LGBTQ Discrimination
Social Justice Issues have been sought out throughout the Sonoma State University to figure out how it is that they effect the way our students and professors go about on campus. The following Op-Ed indicates major points that will be part of the final research paper.
November 27, 2017
Peter Philips and Elaine Wellin
Personal OP-ED Report
Social Justice issues aren’t just topics that can be ignored, because the longer they're ignored, the more power they gain over the targeted individuals. Researching and surveying the Sonoma State University professors and student population has given my group an insight into the lives of those that have either first-hand experienced an injustice or have witnessed one happening on campus.
We discovered that immigration, economic inequality, gender bias, racism, police brutality, and LGBTQ discrimination, are some of the majors factors occurring on campus. We were able to make connections between staff and students, to see both sides of how it is that social justice is being interpreted on campus.
They’ve all experienced it in a class, specific job opportunities, by students, and professors. Our end result ended up enriching our data collection, and expanding our research question to the fullest degree. Allowing us to fully examine our small grasp into the society of social injustice, that we currently live in today.
Working as a group has encouraged me to bond and make connections between us even though we are all culturally different, due to our overall research. You're welcome to join us for Social Justice Week in March.
Summary of a research project done at Sonoma State University. We were interested in finding out whether students at Sonoma State were experiencing police brutality. Students at Sonoma State were asked questions about their interactions with the police department in Rohnert Park, Cotati, and Sonoma State.
In our research project, I found that police brutality is not really present at Sonoma State.
When I conducted my surveys I found that there was more positive than negative experience among Sonoma State students and the police department. Most people who reported having a negative experience was because the police officer gave them a ticket or the officer had a bad attitude. I interviewed a Latina female and a Latino male. The male had a neutral experience with the police officer because he got pulled over for doing something illegal but said the officer was respectful during the process. The female student said she had a negative experience because she got a ticket and the officer was being rude. Through the surveys and interviews, I have come to the conclusion that police brutality is not an issue at Sonoma State. However, it does seem that police officer in Rohnert Park, Cotati, and at Sonoma State have a bad attitude when pulling students over.