The Social Justice Leadership Summit (SJL) 2008 will support student leaders and student organizations in developing their organizational capacities. The Summit will strengthen individual and organizational leadership skills, create a forum to create active strategies for growth and development, and address topics pertinent to the needs of the surrounding community.
“The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.” - Marian Wright Edelman GOALS
“The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.”
- Marian Wright Edelman
- Goal 1: Hold a Social Justice Leadership Summit to increase student-community relations
- Provide 40-50 students Volunteer Services Office orientation of access to services, resources, and opportunities
- Provide students networking opportunities through contacts with influential community partners
- Inform of issues that effect the surrounding communities
- Ex (Environmental Racism, Women’s Rights, Poverty)
- Learn how to partner with the community to build strong coalitions
- Each student collaborative must choose one social issue to address in the spring semester and identify a community partner that can assist in their endeavors
- Goal 2: Build a “Speak Friendly” Environment.
- By doing so students/ student organizations will effectively build relationship which will in turn strengthen the coalitions formed at the summit.
- Give tools to build relationships with people who share common experiences
- Begin a trend where students speak to each other in passing
- Show how to begin conversations with people who share a common goal
- Overall success would be measured by a greater number of student organization collaborating rather than having similar events at different times
- Create a Shared Calendar for student organizations programs that surround social justice and volunteerism
- Have at least two major events that surround an issue discussed at SLJ 2008
- Student programs would have a great attendance through “word of mouth” seeing that it is one of the most effective way to promote events on campus
- Have student organizations begin a base count with initial events for spring 2009; from this well will be able to measure attendance for future events of the same nature.
- Promote longevity of events (annual social justice campaigns)
- Goal 3: Increase Social Action among underrepresented groups
- Know how to affectively gain allies
- Empower students to get involved in the community.
- Utilizing Volunteer Services and promoting collaborative projects
- Increase access to campus resources
- Through the power analysis during the summit
- Students will leave knowing who their on campus allies are
- Promote efficient campaigning among under-represented groups; utilize the Inclusion and Community Engagement center which has a mission that supports these groups.
- Engage under-represented groups be able to relate to the situations and in-justices that people who share a common background go through.
When & Where
Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at UTSA is a space for all members of the university community to explore issues relating to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, volunteerism, and politics. Let the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center be your home away from home. We encourage you to visit the Center and connect with members of our community.