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Monday, October 2nd

Commitment to Justice 2023 Panel: Employment Justice

Catholic social teaching recognizes the dignity of work and the rights of workers as fundamental to the human experience and necessary for a sustainable future. These principles call us to confront unjust systems that deny workers fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, equitable treatment, and the right to form and join labor unions. Join us for a panel discussion featuring the voices of individuals and community partners challenging workplace discrimination and economic injustice. Together, we will consider Pope Francis’ appeal to reject an “economy of exclusion and inequality” and explore worker-led strategies for advancing employment justice. 

To ensure a seat, students should register ahead of time on the Bridge.

Please contact Marcia Wiedefeld at or with any questions.

Sponsored by Loyola’s Commitment to Justice Committee, Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Sellinger School, Campus Ministry, CCSJ, Modern Languages, CCLS, Global Studies, & Messina

Event will start at 4:00pm and goes to 5:30pm, 4th Floor Programming Room

Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, in-person

Commitment to Justice 2023 Panel: Employment Justice

Reflection Assignment: Employment Justice Panel

Every year, Loyola’s Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Education Committee hosts a panel discussion to help deepen our understanding of and commitment to justice in different contexts. The dignity of work and the rights of workers are fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching. This year, the panelists will share their experiences fighting for justice in the workplace.

During the panel discussion, actively listen to the panelists’ perspectives and the issues they address.

Identify any questions that arise in your mind while listening to the panelists. These could be questions about specific cases, broader societal issues, or potential solutions to employment injustice.

Reflect on how the panelists’ stories and experiences relate to your understanding of employment justice. Do they resonate with your personal or professional experiences?

The assignment: This is a two-part written submission consisting of (1) your responses to specific issues or questions addressed by the panelists and (2) a personal reflection on the discussion.

Panelist-Specific Questions (choose 2)

  • What motivated Daría to join the Comité de Defensa del Migrante?
  • What barriers to justice exist for workers in the agricultural and seafood processing industries?
  • How did Smarlyn’s family’s experiences influence her understanding of employment justice?
  • How can storytelling help us all engage in deeper conversations about justice and build solidarity?
  • What barriers to justice do members of First Gen and Disability communities commonly encounter?
  • How can educational institutions help students identify the root causes of employment injustice?
  • What does Catholic Social Teaching say about workers’ rights?
  • Any additional questions or comments raised during the Q&A period.

Post-Panel Reflection

  • Describe how attending the panel discussion influenced your understanding of employment justice. Explain whether your views or beliefs evolved in any way, using specific examples.
  • Consider how the insights shared during the panel discussion might apply to your career or personal life. What issues or advocacy strategies were compelling? Confusing? Disturbing? Inspiring?
  • Explain how you might work to advance employment justice, both on and off campus, based on what you’ve learned from this discussion.

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