The programs of the Center for Social Justice work together to provide practical and academic tools to better understand our local and global communities. We offer experiential learning alongside an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the complexities of and critical analysis of structural inequalities and injustices within a variety of fields.
Our events integrate social justice awareness and promote the importance of activism in students’ everyday lives. The Center’s events include film festivals, workshops, awareness campaigns, fundraisers, discussion groups, art shows, book clubs, symposiums, lunches, lectures, etc.
Every semester, we bring a social justice activist to campus. The activists come from a variety of social justice backgrounds and travel to Norman from around the world. Activists hold workshops, lead discussion groups, teach classes, screen movies, assist in planning projects and campaigns, and are available to students for informal conversations.
This program facilitates networking and interdisciplinary collaborations, fosters an interdisciplinary understanding of social justice, supports social justice research, and serves as a venue to find partners in research.
Each year the Center for Social Justice honors one student, one staff member, and one faculty member who demonstrate compassion, courage, and leadership on behalf of social justice with the Robert D. Lemon Social Justice Award. Nominees from across campus are people who work to eliminate discrimination, oppression, and injustice locally and/or globally.
Every other year, the Center for Social Justice presents the Clyde Snow Social Justice Award to honor individuals and organizations whose work contributes to the re-humanization of victims of human rights abuses.
“Playing the Race Card” is an on-campus initiative out of the University of Oklahoma Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s Center for Social Justice. This program aims to foster on-going and wide-reaching conversations about the relationship between race and academia by having participants share six words on an index card that best captures their views on race, followed by a facilitated group conversation.
Engaged research operates on the principle of mutual benefit between participating students and professors or various community organizations. Outcomes include research and solutions that lead to long-term progress and development for all participants.
Other Social Justice Programs
The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers other social justice programs, such as the social justice minor and service learning classes.
Students can pursue a Minor in Social Justice through the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Courses offered through the Social Justice Minor introduce students to the complexities of structural inequalities and injustices while teaching students critical thought processes.
Helping to build a collaborative relationship between the University and the community, the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Social Justice fosters service-learning courses available to all OU students.