“The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.” -Lee Anne Bell
Lead the Change!
We are excited to introduce a new workshop series focused on social justice leadership development! This seven-week program gives students of all identities the opportunity to develop skills related to being an agent of change. Participants must attend at least 5 of the 7 workshops. Allies, Advocates, and Activists Parts 1 and 2 are mandatory. Upon completion, all participants will receive a certificate of attendance, and be recognized at the Student Excellence Awards.
Registration for the workshop series is now closed. Please check back for future opportunities!
October 4 | Union 280
Allies, Advocates, and Activists: Unpacking Your Privilege and Carving Out Your Place in the Movement for Social Justice – Part One
How do you hope to engage with issues of social justice? From listening to and affirming the experience of marginalized peers, to speaking out against injustice, to actively fighting for social change, come to this workshop and learn about the first steps of getting involved.
October 11 | Union 280
Allies, Advocates, and Activists: Unpacking Your Privilege and Carving Out Your Place in the Movement for Social Justice – Part Two
You know what you care about, and you’re considering how your identities and lived experiences shape your approach to the issues. Now what? Come and learn about the difference between an ally, advocate, and activist, and how understanding that difference can shape your approach to being an agent of change.
October 18 | Union 340
Rewriting the Rules: Dismantling Biases in a System Built on Inequality
The United States is marketed as the land of opportunity—where anyone can thrive if they work hard and play by the rules. Unfortunately, the rules don’t treat everyone the same way. This workshop provides a critical framework for thinking about and addressing privilege, oppression, and structural inequality in everyday life.
October 25 | Union 280
Intent versus Impact: Engaging in Critical Conversations About Language
This workshop focuses on microaggressions—a term used to describe offensive/hurtful actions and comments that perpetuate stereotypes of underrepresented groups of people. Participants will be able to identify microaggressions and develop strategies for discussing them.
November 1 | Union 340
Debate versus Dialogue: Facilitating Inclusive Conversation When People Disagree
When we enter into a conversation with the goal of proving someone wrong, we often ignore the other person’s lived experience and do more to solidify their limited perspective than liberate it. This workshop focuses on developing inclusive conversational techniques that lend themselves to dialogue.
November 8 | Union 280
Responding to Resistance: Confronting Those Who Refuse to Challenge the Status Quo
Have you ever encouraged someone to reconsider the way they talk about something, only to be asked, “Are you calling me a sexist?” or, “Why do you always make this about race?” This workshop will break down these responses and provide tools for addressing similar conversations in class, work, family, and friend groups.
November 15 | Union 280
Everyday Inclusion: Centering Folks of Marginalized Identities in Your Classroom, Workplace, and Friend Group
In your classroom and workplace, who is heard and who isn’t? Whose perspective is encouraged, and whose is inappropriately silenced? Everyone benefits when a diverse array of voices are represented at the table and in the conversation. This workshop focuses on techniques for creating inclusive spaces in everyday life. At the end of the workshop, we will also celebrate completion of the series and award certificates!