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.

Top Owl Award Winners


Top Owl Award Winners

The Top Owl Social Justice Award is given to recognize contributions toward helping the university achieve its mission of creating and sustaining an inclusive community that appreciates, celebrates, and advances student and campus diversity. Nominate someone for the January 2019 award.

For the month of December 2018, the Top Owl Award winners are student David Bakies and Melanie Savelli, assistant professor of Communication. Congratlations to both! Read more about the award winners.

Upcoming Events

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Holiday Non-Perishable Food Drive

December 12, 2018, 8:00am
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The Office of Sustainability is collecting non-perishable food donations across campus to help give hungry families a meal for the holiday! Turkey collection bins are located across campus in the Adanti Student Center, Buley Library, Morrill, Engelman, and Davis Hall. Drop off your donations any time between now until winter break!

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Holiday Non-Perishable Food Drive

December 13, 2018, 8:00am
Southern Connecticut State University

The Office of Sustainability is collecting non-perishable food donations across campus to help give hungry families a meal for the holiday! Turkey collection bins are located across campus in the Adanti Student Center, Buley Library, Morrill, Engelman, and Davis Hall. Drop off your donations any time between now until winter break!

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Holiday Non-Perishable Food Drive

December 14, 2018, 8:00am
Southern Connecticut State University

The Office of Sustainability is collecting non-perishable food donations across campus to help give hungry families a meal for the holiday! Turkey collection bins are located across campus in the Adanti Student Center, Buley Library, Morrill, Engelman, and Davis Hall. Drop off your donations any time between now until winter break!

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Moving Beyond Diversity: A Syllabus for Faculty, Staff, and the Community

Created by the Racial Justice Pedagogy Project

The resources provided here are intended for faculty and staff to explore in an effort to strengthen their understandings of how systemic racism operates in our lives, communities, and classrooms. This syllabus is part of a larger endeavor for faculty to integrate racial justice pedagogies into our practice.

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

Learn More

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.