“What matters is not to know the world but to change it.” Frantz Fanon “Give Light and people will find the way.” Ella Baker Deserve your dream - Octavio Paz Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.” -Jane Addams Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” Angela Davis


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“to create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.”

-UIC mission

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Sawyer Seminar

UIC wins Mellon grant for social justice series

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Social Justice Initiative has been awarded a $175,000 Sawyer Seminar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a yearlong seminar series beginning in January.

The Sawyer Seminar operates like a temporary research center for interdisciplinary exchange in the humanities and social sciences, where faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and guest speakers participate in intensive study and public programs...(read more)

2015 Summer Film Series

2015 Summer Film Series

SJI is hosting a summer film series,Chicago: A Social Justice Lens, throughout the month of July.

The screenings will take place every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm at PUJA (1255 S Halsted). Beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2015, SJI will screen "Hoop Dreams" and have a discussion with Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin films.

Social Justice Minor

In the Fall of 2015, Gender and Women’s Studies in partnership with the Social Justice Initiative will offer a minor in Social Justice. This minor will allow students to gain experience working with community-based organizations and provide opportunities for students to combine their experiences with new skills and strategies for future careers in organizing, non-profits, or applying a social justice lens to any professional field. Students who minor in Social Justice will learn about strategies to work toward social change, discuss movement work and link local movements to global ones. Minoring in social justice will entail focusing on critical analyses of social systems and movements that create and perpetuate equality and inequality. Additionally, all minors will complete at least one in-depth community-based learning experience with a partnering organization.

To learn more about the Social Justice Minor, click here.

Interested students please contact Emily at emilywil@uic.edu

First Recipient of the Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship

The 2015 Recipient of the Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship is Jocelyn Munguía Chavez...read more

"28, 43" A Photographic Exhibit Opening

Over 70 people attended the opening reception for "28/43": Ferguson to Ayotzinapa, a photo exhibition at our new Pop Up JUST Art space at 1255 S. Halsted. Over 140 people have visited the gallery and 6 classes have visited the exhibit.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12 to5 p.m. and by appointment. To schedule a class or group visit, email sjiuic@gmail.com

Below is a slideshow of some pictures of the opening night.

Photo credits: Emily Williams & Ivan Arenas.

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