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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What in the World is VPAS?

February 5, 2019, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Adanti Student Center

An overview of what the Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support (VPAS) Center’s services are and how students can access VPAS. Learn how you can get involved with the Center’s work and utilize our advocacy and educational services! 

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Netflix and No Chill!

February 11, 2019, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Engleman Hall - Rotunda

What is affirmative consent? Affirmative Consent is informed, enthusiastic, and necessary. This interactive informational table focuses on communication, consent and healthy sexuality. Learn what consent is and how to ask, listen, and respect. Discussion focuses on definition of consent, when consent cannot be given, and “yes means yes” education.

 Hosted by the Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support (VPAS) Center

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Escalation screening and discussion

February 14, 2019, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Engleman Hall - Room B121

The One Love Foundation’s powerful, emotionally-engaging film-based workshop educates about relationship violence and empowers students to recognize and intervene to help others. “Escalation” illuminates the warning signs of an unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship as the filmfollows a college-aged couple through the very sweet beginnings of their relationship and shows how unhealthy behaviors can escalate into abuse and in this case, murder. This film and workshop makes relationship abuse personal, causing participants to ask “What can I do to change this?”


Hosted by: Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support (VPAS) Center

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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.

The President’s Commission on Social Justice at Southern is seeking nominations for the Top Owls Social Justice Awards that will be presented in the 2018-19 academic year — one award per month in December, January, February, and March during the 2017-18 academic year. The Top Owls will be publicly recognized on campus and receive an honorary Social Justice pin. The awards recognize members of the Southern community who treat others with dignity, respect, kindness, compassion, and civility. Top Owls are Southern’s good citizens who are dedicated to practicing social justice in their every day lives.

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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.