Social empathy: Pathway to developing change agents and social justice advocates
Author DetailsBrenda Kucirka, PhD, RN, PMHNCS-BC, CNE; Doris Vallone, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC -- School of Nursing, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
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Immersion programs foster social empathy. This study analyzed reflections from a social justice course taught inside a state prison. Findings suggest social empathy is a precursor to social justice advocacy. Themes included: student transformation, shared connection, and a desire to advocate for social justice and compassionate care for incarcerated individuals.