Social Justice & Advocacy Events
The series is open to students from all academic majors and years. The Spring 2014-2015 workshops will be posted as the Fall Semester approaches.
3:00-5:00PM on Fridays October 30th, November 13th, December 4th, January 15th, and January 26th. There
is an opportunity for socializing and networking after each workshop until 6:00pm
Room L27 in the John Cook School of Business. (Near the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium)
The Social Justice and Advocacy Series is six workshops designed to equip students with key concepts
and skills needed to effectively work for social change. The workshops support the intellectual, moral,
and spiritual growth of participants by utilizing an understanding of social justice that is inclusive to both
faith-based and civic minded motivations. The Training is based in upon principles found in Catholic
Social Teaching as well as the Universal declaration of Human Rights. Students who attend all six
workshops are eligible to apply for the Social Change Internship. This program provides up to $1,000 a
semester to fund an otherwise unpaid internship. For more details, CLICK HERE.
Each workshop focuses on a theme that builds upon previous sessions.
Oct 30, 2015 Conceptualizing Social Justice: Social Justice is an idea that is frequently used without
being defined. The series will start by looking at several different ways of defining and talking about it.
Guest Speaker: Mark Chmiel
Nov 13, 2015 Privilege & Power: Students learn about dynamics of power and privilege, how they
function in society, and how they can shape the course of justice issues. Students also continue
reflecting on how they participate in and/or are impacted by power and privilege.
Guest Speaker: Jenney, Karen House Catholic Worker
Dec 4, 2015 Conflict & Social Justice: Conflict is presented as an essential element of working for social
change. Through activities and discussions the workshop explores how different styles of conflict can
hinder or help social justice movements.
Jan 15, 2016 Political Process & Policy: Students gained tools and knowledge on how to engage in the
political process, from voting, to letter-writing, to lobbying.
Guest Speaker: Chris Kerr, Director of Ignatian Solidarity Network.
Jan 29, 2016 Social Change Methods: The political process is not the only avenue for working for
change. This workshop provides an overview of various avenues to work for social change, including
community organizing, resource leveraging, and networking.
Feb 12, 2016 Effective Messaging & Framing: This workshop addresses the broadly applicable related
to defining a problem, communicating with a variety of stakeholders, and utilizing media in the social
Guest Speaker: Joe Squillace, PhD, Director of BSW Program at MacMurray College