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 mission of the Social Justice Scholars programming on campus is to provide peer to peer educational programs for the IUPUI campus community that raise awareness and promote inclusivity and understanding of one’s self and others. In
The mission for the Social Justice Scholars is to provide students with the awareness, knowledge
- Examine one’s identities and biases in relation to privilege and oppression in society.
- Engage different perspectives and identities while challenging the dominant narrative to navigate difficult conversations.
- Manage and utilize emotions that arise from issues of injustice on a personal and global scale to foster advocacy and positive social change.
- Develop relationships with
justice orientedcommunity organizations and people
- Apply key Social Justice concepts to activist projects, academic coursework
New for the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the Social Justice Scholars program will be operating as a 2 Year Program Model. Scholars will participate in
The Social Justice Scholars (SJS) program is broken down into six major programming areas, each of which
Social Justice Scholars seeks new members on an annual basis. New scholar applications open in January with review, interviews and
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 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 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 facilitates and creates 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 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.
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.
Hash It Out is a biweekly student-led podcast that brings people from opposing views together to discuss current social issues. To listen to the podcast click here:
To submit a collaboration request form with the Social Justice Scholars, Click Here.