This objective within Social Justice Education focuses on introducing students to preliminary concepts of social justice through exposure to cultures other than of their own. Providing students with the opportunity to engage with others of varying backgrounds allows students to understand difference within the global society and begin to think critically about their position within the world around them. Specifically, this objective focuses on exposing students to the characteristics, values, customs, and beliefs of various cultures and communities through active participation and learning.
The final objective encompasses all elements of co-curricular learning
objectives by building on the capacity-building mentioned in Objectives 1
and 2 and moving students, staff and faculty into advocacy for social
This objective is currently achieved through multiple programs
implemented through the Social Justice Scholars (SJS). The impact of the
SJS program is twofold.
First, the SJS program provides a platform for 17 selected student
scholars to gain the tools, knowledge, and opportunities to promote
positive social change at IUPUI through professional and leadership
development implemented by Social Justice Education staff.
Second, the 17 student scholars use their newfound knowledge and
skills to create ways for IUPUI faculty, staff, and students to engage in
critical conversations about difference, inequities, and social issues. Each
of the SJS programs are designed to increase participants’ ability to
communicate, engage, and learn from constituents of diverse cultural,
social, racial, religious, ethnic, and class backgrounds.
Each month, numerous events are implemented through
diverse methods of teaching and learning, such as dialogues, workshops,
and artistic expression. These forms of learning increase participants’
Depth and Breadth of Knowledge of issues that can affect
As a result, Social Justice Education programs challenge and develop
participants to explore societal issues, ethics, and values. Participants are
informed in a manner that influences their work like students,
professionals, educators, and citizens while evoking a passion for change
for a socially just and inclusive IUPUI community.