Higher Education and Social Justice in Ukraine
In summer 2017, Anastasia Sendoun spent three weeks conducting research at Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv, Ukraine as part of an ongoing initiative of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service at Georgetown University. Using Ukrainian Catholic University as a case study, Sendoun's research examines gaps in Ukraine's higher education system and seeks to identify the specific strategies used by UCU to address those gaps. By highlighting interviews conducted with students, alumni, and faculty at the Ukrainian Catholic University, her research amplifies stakeholder voices and provides insight into a region that has, in recent years, attracted a great deal of attention as a result of ongoing political turmoil. UCU demonstrates a commitment to social justice in that it models just processes for other Ukrainian institutions and seeks to provide its students with a toolbox of knowledge, skills, and values that they can then use to shape their communities and society at-large.