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.

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Upcoming Events

Recognizing the community

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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Social Justice Community Awards

This award recognizes outstanding individuals or groups who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and commitment to promoting and practicing diversity, inclusion, equity, and access within the University and/or in partnership with community organizations.

The Social Justice Community Award is coordinated annually by the President’s Commission on Social Justice.

The President’s Commission on Social Justice Committee will be seeking nominations for the University Social Justice Community Award. This award will be given out in the spring semester at the Social Justice Community Reception. The University Social Justice Awards Reception recognizes outstanding faculty, staff, departments, students and student organizations that have made exceptional efforts and contributions in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion. One award will be given in each area. Individuals, students, faculty, staff and Student Organizations may self-nominate. Final decisions will be made by the President Commission on Social Justice. The committee will evaluate the effectiveness of all programs submitted.

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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

Applications accepted: Oct 16, 2018 - Nov 13, 2018

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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.