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What is the Activist-in-Residence Program?

Activism Speaker

Every semester, the Center for Social Justice’s Activist-in-Residence Program brings a social justice activist to campus to work with and interact directly with students. The activists come from a variety of social justice backgrounds and travel to Norman from around the world. 

Once on campus activists hold workshops, lead discussion groups, teach classes, screen movies, assist in planning projects and campaigns, and are available to students for informal conversations. The Center for Social Justice believes the personal contact and hands-on approach of the Activist-in-Residence Program truly benefits students and works toward our mission of inspiring students to become involved in social justice activism. 

Activists in Residence Mona's Class

The Center for Social Justice’s goal for the Activist-in-Residence program is for students to play a significant role in suggesting and selecting the activists.

Past Activists-in-Residence have included nationally touring poet, teaching artist and activist, Lauren Zuniga; Pradma Menon, queer feminist activist working nationally and internationally on social justice and human rights; and activist, feminist organizer for reproductive justice and sexual health, and blogger, Shelby Knox, to name a few.

Know a local or global social justice activist? Please email us at to submit their name. The Center hopes that the direct communication that is available with our Activists-in-Residence will foster openness to the possibility of creating a more peaceful and just world.

Call for Nominations

2019-2020 Activist-in-Residence

Call for nominations coming soon. Please check back again later.

Recommend an A-I-R

To be considered, AIR recommendations must include: 

  • The name and contact of the activist
  • A brief resume or CV of the activist’s work
  • For which semester (spring or fall)
  •  Statement of support for nomination