Social Justice - awareness knowledge action

The university is committed to a mission of social justice. We strive to ensure that all members of the community are treated with dignity, respect, kindness, compassion and civility.

November is Social Justice Month at Southern Connecticut State University. As an institution committed to dignity, respect, compassion, kindness, and civility, Southern views Social Justice Month as an important opportunity to further our learning and understanding to challenge injustice, value diversity, and create a climate of inclusion.

Passages' Refugee Simulation

'Passages' Refugee Simulation

Friday, November 2, 2018
03:00pm - 05:30pm
Adanti Student Center - Ballroom

"Passages" is an experiential role-playing simulation developed by the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1995 designed to put participants through the experience of being a refugee fleeing war or persecution. RSVP now.

Expressions of Social Justice Talent Show

Expressions of Social Justice Talent Show

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
7:00pm
Adanti Student Center - Ballroom

Join us as SCSU students perform poetry, songs, dances and take the opportunity to address some of the critical topics of diversity and social justice impacting our community that they're most passionate about.

Sleep Out America

Sleep Out America

Friday, November 16, 2018
3:00pm - 8:00am
Academic Quad

This year, 4.2 million young people will find themselves without a safe, stable place to sleep. Events are being hosted across the nation, consisting of students and other community groups volunteering to spend the night outside to show solidarity with the homeless youth of America. We’ll sleep outside on the quad to raise our awareness of what homeless youth experience every day.

Sleep Out America

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Monday, November 19, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Adanti Student Center - Ballroom

The Oxfam Hunger Banquet gives you the opportunity to make a difference, both locally and globally. It is a volunteer-led interactive events that brings statistics about poverty to life. Guests randomly select tickets matching real people who are high-, middle-, or low-income earners, demonstrating that where you end up is all in the luck of the draw. Pre-registration is required. RSVP Now.

David Hogg

David Hogg: Parkland Survivor, Co-founder of March for Our Lives

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
07:30pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

A survivor of the largest school shooting in American school history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, David Hogg turned his anger into action by co-founding the March For Our Lives Movement against gun violence. His grassroots activism and social media mastery have mobilized millions of young people to find their voice, speak out and engage in change. Now speaking to audiences across the nation, David brings an inspiring message of active citizenship and an urgent call to action. Tickets: FREE (Limit 4) (required for admission). Tickets can be picked up in advance at Lyman Center and at the door (if available). Reserve tickets now.

Upcoming Events

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Thank You For Being You

November 19, 2018, All Day
Engleman Hall

A bulletin board display that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of Interdisciplinary Studies students, faculty and staff.

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Social Justice through Literature: Stories of Disruption, Resistance, and New Possibilities

November 19, 2018, 7:00am - 8:00pm
Engleman Hall

The English Department faculty and students will be lining our department walls with texts that speak to social justice. Drop by all month long to read about texts that disrupt, resist, and inspire change.

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It's On Us Men's Fest: Game On!

November 19, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Moore Field House Lobby

The VPAS Center & Athletics invite you to join us for interactive games, prizes, refreshments and a chance to win a Southern sweatshirtwhile learning information and bystander skills that can help keep you, your teammates, friends and campus community safer!

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Top Owl Award

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The Top Owl Social Justice Award is given to recognize contributions in helping our University achieve our mission of creating and sustaining an inclusive community that appreciates, celebrates and advances student and campus diversity at Southern Connecticut State University.

This award, selected by the President’s Commission on Social Justice, will be awarded during the months of (September, October, November, December, January, February, & March) to recognize the contributions, leadership and service of a worthy faculty, staff, part-time and full-time student.

Nominate yourself or a member of the Southern Community who works to address issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice through:

  • education of self and others;
  • participation in events, programs, and activities addressing diversity and social justice issues;
  • advocacy with and on behalf of targeted communities; and
  • organizing around diversity, inclusion and social justice issues for sustainable change at SCSU

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Apply to One of Eight Grants Available

A total of eight grants are available to support creative/scholarly activities, events and initiatives related to social justice here at SCSU and beyond.

As a way to champion the values shared by members of the Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) community while respecting our differences, we want to encourage the support of activities, events and initiatives that lead to the development of communities and efforts characterized by social justice.

All members of the SCSU community are welcome to apply for the social justice grants; this includes faculty, staff and students from across the campus.

  • Category I: $2,500, Two grants available
  • Category II: $1,000, Two grants available
  • Category III: $500, Four grants available

Apply Now


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One-on-One with President Joe

Learn about President Joe's earliest experience with social justice.


Group Dialogue Guidelines

Interested in bringing social justice topics into your organization's or department's meetings? The social justice committee has developed guidelines and resources to support you as you engage in dialogue around difficult social justice issues relevant to your community.

Download Guidelines (PDF)

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Get Involved

There are many opportunities to get involved and volunteer.