Social Justice

ASU researcher plays pivotal role in exoneration of falsely convicted man

The holidays are often a time when greeting cards and emails arrive from friends and family near and far. But this year, one holiday email was particularly poignant for Laura Smalarz, an Arizona State University assistant professor of psychology .

The message began, “This year, I am celebrating my first holiday season as a truly free man in more than 10 years. In 2010, I was arrested for a crime I didn’t commit and later sentenced to life in prison.” It was signed, “Lydell Grant.”

New ASU course focuses on dismantling racism, reshaping the humanities

The summer of 2020 gave way to the largest protests for racial justice and civil rights in the U.S. during the 21st century. Realizing the need to stand in solidarity with human-rights protesters who took to the streets and the desire to implement effective and meaningful change to actively fight against racism, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University created the Anti-Racism Committee.

Professors expand social work practice to examine impacts of environmental changes on vulnerable populations

Climate change is linked to melting glaciers, hotter deserts, food shortages and threatened water supplies. But social workers are learning it has another effect: how environmental changes create challenges for vulnerable populations.

Concerns about these effects have ushered in a new area of the profession, environmental social work, which has begun to be called “eco-social work” and “green social work.”

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