About the SJC
- extend the social justice lens to all of the activities of the American Art Therapy Association, including providing support for art therapists involved in social justice activities,
- create a presence for public commentary of how issues of social justice would benefit from a unique art therapy perspective (and vice-versa),
- provide a social justice perspective to all aspects of the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association - which constitutes the AATA's largest expenditure and major interface with the membership.
The Leadership Team provides active facilitation & support for members. Current Leadership Team members are:
- Cassie Hamrick
- Brittney Washington
- M Ryan Noble
- April Fitzpatrick
- Savneet Talwar
- Lonni Ann Fredman
- Pat Allen
- Wayne Ramirez
- Shelly Goebl-Parker
- Michaela Kirby
- Jeannette Perkal
HISTORY OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE CAUCUS
Pat Allen, Barbara Fish, Lonni Ann Fredman, Sara Giba, Shelly Goebl-Parker, Savneet Talwar, Janis Timm-Bottos
- Focus Groups
- The SJC hosts an annual Focus Group at each AATA conference for members to connect with each other around Social Justice issues.
- Action Incubator
- The SJC served as an incubator for the resolution proposed by Wayne Ramirez and accepted by the membership at the business meeting of the 2016 AATA Conference in Baltimore for AATA chapters to address diversity in art therapy educational programs.
- The SJC continues to hold space for members to organize actions, write resolutions, gather, and support one another through both in-person and digital platforms.
- Conference & Hotel Accountability
- Providing a social justice perspective to all aspects of the annual conference on the part both of AATA and of the conference site/hotel. In 2013-14, advocated for AATA to change conference hotel location, due to boycott by hotel workers’ union. SJC subsequently provided procedural guidelines to AATA, to ensure hotel accountability.
- Collaboration with the AATA Multicultural Committee (2013)
- Successfully advocated together at the business meeting of the 2013 AATA Conference in Seattle with a resolution for the inclusion in each annual conference of at least one SJ-related plenary focusing on social justice and multicultural issues.
- The SJC liaised with and provided consultation for the AATA's Marketing and Communication Committee (2014-16).