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This semester I have defined social justice as a process in which those who are excluded

and exploited by social forces of privilege and power attempt to join into movements that
struggle for a more equitable distribution of social and economic goods and for greater personal
and political dignity. I think the most important word of that sentence is process. I have been
privy to many social justice based classes throughout my education and I found that I was
becoming frustrated with the lack of improvements being made despite awareness and
acknowledgement of social injustices. It was through the social justice class during fifth semester
that I was able to reevaluate my own ideas regarding social justice and how I played a role in the
process itself. There seems to be no precise definition of social justice, rather a vague
understanding of well-intentioned action.
I have enjoyed learning about social justice within the context of occupational and
occupational justice as it served as a reminder that social justice is not just the redistribution of
wealth and resources, but rather the empowerment of the disempowered through progressive
action. Although I have learned about occupational injustice through various medium, I have
never had the opportunity to use the language that reflection occupational therapy and its
practice. I found it incredibly interesting how situational inequities could be eradicated, or at
least managed, through occupational means. As a future occupational therapist, it was heartening
that there is a way I can promote justice through my craft. I wish to help clients have unfettered
access and maintain engagement in those occupations they find most meaningful. By upholding
the principles of occupational therapy as a profession, it is our duty to disrupt the inequitable
hierarchies and barriers that limit our clients from fully participating in their lives.
It was very interesting hearing the opinions and viewpoints of my classmates on issues
such as racism, genderism, and ableism. I enjoy exploring others reasoning for ideas as it

reflects their background and personal experiences. The concept that really stuck with me was
the difference between tolerance and acceptance and that acceptance does not necessarily mean
condonation. I feel as though there are still things that I only tolerate at this point and it was
important for me to reflect on whether I was accepting or tolerating something. I feel as though it
is important utilize introspection as a tool for examining personal bias, the reasoning for that
bias, and possible ways to surmount that bias. Over the course of this program, I have been to
explore personal propensities and determine how that partiality affects my behavior and
interactions with others. Ultimately, I find solace in the idea that seeking justice on both a macro
and microsocial level is a process that requires acknowledgement of intolerance and the active
pursuit of change.