Social Justice Institute
JANUARY 10-12, 2013
Every January, the Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors a three-day leadership institute that allows students to explore how oppression impacts true equality. The highlight of the institute is the day-long trip to an urban center where students are able to visit an array of human and social service agencies as well as explore various cultural aspects of the city.
As a result of their active engagement and participation in the Institute, students will be able to:
-Understand and explain what racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism are as well as how they are maintained by power and privilege.
-Understand and explain the interconnectedness of identity and the power/privilege given by their identity groups.
-Understand and explain the difference between prejudice, discrimination, and oppression as well as the difference between appreciation/celebration of diversity and working for social justice.
-Develop action plans to apply the knowledge gained at the institution and in the community.
Benefits to Participation:
-Takes participant from being appreciative of diversity to understanding systems that maintain oppression and privilege
-Develop strong leadership and critical thinking skills
-Participants are eligible for membership in the Pallas Society, a campus-based social justice honor society.
-Participants will also qualify for the EDGE Certificate in Diversity and Social Justice from the Office of Student Activities.
-Resume enhancement for work world or graduate school
For information on the Social Justice Institute, contact Venus L. Ricks at 717-867-6165.