Social Justice Scholars

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Social Justice Scholars 2016-2017

The Social Justice Scholars is a program that focuses on student-led programming for the entire IUPUI campus and designed to provide passionate students with an opportunity to develop programs based on their interests. Students are selected by their commitment to social justice and interest in providing a welcoming place for all students at IUPUI. 

The Social Justice Scholars (SJS) program is broken down into seven major programming areas, each of which are described below. Each program is operated by two students who plan implement and evaluate 2 programs a month. The 17 Scholars and their programs provide different levels of engagement through a variety of platforms. 

Social Justice Scholars seeks new members on an annual basis. The timeline for applications and acceptance into the program is as follows:

  • February 1st: Social Justice Scholarship Application Opens
  • March 5th: Scholarship applications are due
  • March 9th: Applicants will be offered interviews
  • March 30th: Scholarships are offered
  • April 6th: Last day to accept scholarship offer

Check back here in February for the application link!

  • Democracy Plaza


    Democracy Plaza is a series of physical spaces located under the SPEA/Business breezeway and the Campus Center. Scholars maintain these boards and put up weekly questions to engage the IUPUI community in current issues. The mission of Democracy Plaza is to support the development of well-informed and engaged students through critical thinking and civil discourse on political, cultural, and societal issues through a social justice lens.

    If you wish to submit questions for Democracy Plaza, please click here.

    If you wish to reserve the physical space of Democracy Plaza, click here.

  • Pass the Mic
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    Pass the Mic is a series of open forum discussions on topics that encompass current social justice issues. This program allows students the chance to voice their opinions on various issues and also creates an environment where opposing views can be discussed in a civil manner. The facilitators present the participants with unbiased facts about a given topic and then promote open-floor discussion on the topic by passing the mic to engaged participants.

  • Speak OUT Cafe
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    Speak OUT Cafe facilitates social consciousness and storytelling through spoken word, poetry, and performing art. Speak OUT Café brings socially conscious artists together with members of the IUPUI and Indianapolis community to understand differing identities and ideologies. All forms of social justice art are welcome.

  • Shop Talk


    Shop Talk works with the Office of Intergroup Dialogue to facilitate and create small, intimate, and developmental conversations about identity while encouraging participants to question preconceived notions. It is a space where the entire IUPUI community can engage in vulnerability and growth regarding issues of power, oppression, and privilege.The shop is open to everyone, and all students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend.

  • Indy Immersion and Freedom Rides

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     draws awareness to the invisible histories of marginalized communities at IUPUI and its surrounding neighborhoods through an alternative fall break. Participants have the opportunity to engage community members to hear narratives, help preserve cultural destination, and critically analyze the implications of IUPUI’s presence in greater Indianapolis.

    Freedom Rides
    Ride with us for an unforgettable experience with Freedom Rides. This affordable spring break trip from Saturday, March 10 to Tuesday, March 13 takes you to Gary, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois. You will have the opportunity to meet with community leaders, learn lessons of leadership from area organizations and initiatives, and gain skills to make the maximum impact on your community.

    Our programming is offered by the partnership between Campus Center & Student Experiences, the Multicultural Center, and the Social Justice Scholars. 

    After Freedom Rides, students will:

    • Be able to define and have nuanced conversations around “race,” “racism,” and “intersectionality”
    • Have a broader understanding of their multiple identities and how those produce privilege/oppression in their lives and leadership processes
    • Develop core communication skills as they engage in dialogue and practice controversy with civility around identity/privilege/oppression with their peers
    • Identify their personal leadership skills and traits to better understand their role in working for positive social change
    • Be able to identify historic movements for racial justice/social change in the Midwest
    • Learn about “coalition building” and the importance of cultivating alliances across difference

    For More Information and To Apply, Click Here

  • Hash It Out

    NEW FOR 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR Hash It Out is a biweekly student-led podcast that brings people from opposing views together to discuss current social issues.

  • Social Justice Symposium

    The Social Justice Symposium is a day-long conference for faculty, staff, students and community members to exchange knowledge about social justice issues through workshops, speakers, and dialogues.

To submit a collaboration request form with the Social Justice Scholars, Click Here.