The Iona College Journal of Allied Health: Perspectives of Social Justice
Established in 2018, The Iona College Journal of Allied Health: Perspectives of Social Justice is a peer-reviewed, student-run scholarly journal of the Allied Health disciplines consisting of Marriage and Family Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology. The Iona College Journal of Allied Health: Perspectives of Social Justice is an online journal which publishes annually prevalent affective papers within the Allied Health disciplines including, and not limited to, original research, literature reviews, commentaries, meta-analyses, case studies, and scholarly position papers, all of which involve aspects of social justice (economic and/or environmental), and may contribute to social, healthcare or educational policy.
The Iona College Journal of Allied Health: Perspectives of Social Justice will address the theoretical and practical social justice underpinnings of access, inequity, rights, and participation. It will also establish a scientist-practitioner community of Iona College students that encourages lifelong learning and career development.
Social Justice: Access, Inequity, Rights and Participation
Social justice applies to all people, with a particular focus on groups that experience oppression, discrimination, and bias, who are denied access to resources, and who have less social power. The notion of access to social justice can include but is not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, age, class, ability, and health status.
Social justice is an outcome that focuses on equity and equality, fairness, and access to resources; groups experiencing oppression should be afforded equity and fair access to resources and power. A voice should be given to those groups who have been denied that opportunity to correct injustices.
Social justice involves the moral and ethical policies of societal, political, and cultural systems. This extension beyond interpersonal interactions involves establishing and reinforcing unalienable rights that are supported throughout multiple levels of our common welfare.
Social justice is an active orientation towards fighting for justice. This process can be rooted externally through active participation (i.e. community involvement and civic participation) and internally via introspection (i.e. service orientation and organizational citizenship). The practice of matching words to action and "practicing what you preach" fosters a community of awareness and responsibility.