Marygrove program takes aim at societal inequality
BY SANDRA SVOBODA
Forget about irrelevant classes, students who never use their degrees and faculty who sit isolated in their ivory towers. A five-year-old master's program in social justice at Detroit's Marygrove College is more like guerrilla academics. "The program encourages each student to get out there and do
something. One of the primary objectives is to promote action, not just study and research but to promote action," says Elaine Semanik, 64, who will graduate in May.
Four years ago, the West Bloomfield woman retired as a project manager in the legal department at Chrysler Corp., where she'd worked for 23 years. She decided she wanted to do something about problems in the United States — and specifically Detroit — rather than "sit around and talking about things, whether it was the war or poverty or different social injustices."