Social Justice Scholars

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Social Justice Scholars 2016-2017

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

The Social Justice Scholars (SJS) program is broken down into eight major programming areas. Most programs are operated by two students that lead in the planning, implementation and evaluation of each program, totaling 17 scholars.  Each program area provides a different level of engagement with social justice issues through a variety of platforms. 

To submit a collaboration request form with the Social Justice Scholars, click here.

  • 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

    Indy Immersion 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.

    Application open now until September 19! Apply at


  • Social Justice Symposium
    Social Justice Symposium will conceptualize and build a daylong conference for faculty, staff, and students to exchange knowledge about social justice issues through workshops, speakers, and dialogues. Social Justice Education Scholars will develop a precedence for IUPUI to reflect on social justice trends across associations, organizations, and different educational institutions to create thoughtful forward movement across the many fields and disciplines.