Project Social Justice (PSJ) is a nine-month mentoring program for students interested in becoming effective social change agents. The vision of the program is to develop diverse leaders dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive society. Participants will be expected to attend activities, meet independently, engage in authentic conversations, and provide reflections throughout the experience. Mentees will create a culminating personal growth and social justice project during the spring quarter. It is our hope that mentors and mentees will build meaningful relationships with one another and within the cohort of participants. The program begins during the Fall 2013 term and ends Spring 2014.
Adams, Bell, and Griffin (1997) define social justice as both a process and a goal. “The goal of social justice 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 in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”
PSJ has adopted this framework and utilizes their books, Teaching and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice to inform the curriculum.
As a program, we value:
- Experiential learning
- Inclusive and braver spaces
- Self-reflection and personal growth
- Positive social change
- Building community
We are currently evaluating the program and will have updates about PSJ's future by summer 2014. Stay tuned for more!
Charlene Martinez, Program Director
Intercultural Student Services
B066 Kerr Administration Bldg.