Social accountability is an active process where individuals take responsibility of their actions for the greater good of the community. The topics covered in this domain help students develop an awareness of complex social issues that are prominent in educational contexts and the world around them. Examples of these issues include distribution of wealth, opportunities for advancement, privileges between people and groups, etc. By being open to other perspectives and thoughtfully reflecting on these complex issues, students can be empowered to promote positive change within their communities.

What you’ll find on each skill page:

  • Overview and description
  • Importance and relevance to students’ academic lives
  • Strategies and activities for students to apply in their learning

Accessibility (learner version)

Accessibility refers to the ability for everyone to access materials or function within an environment.

Cultural awareness (learner version)

Cultural awareness is the understanding of beliefs, actions, customs, values, communications, and practices in a culture and the recognition of how they might differ from those of other cultural groups.

Equity (learner version)

Equity involves recognizing imbalances in social systems and working towards eliminating systemic and institutional barriers that impede the full participation of all people.

Indigenization and decolonization (learner version)

Indigenization refers to the process of introducing and enfranchising Indigenous ways of knowing to colonial institutions. Decolonization is the process of breaking down colonial institutions and epistemologies that privilege settlers over Indigenous peoples.

Privilege (learner version)

Privilege is a right or benefit that is provided to some people and not others.

Racial justice (learner version)

Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of all people in all systems and spaces.