Frequently Asked Questions About the Center for Social Justice

 

What is the Center for Social Justice?

The Center for Social Justice is an initiative of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program to promote gender justice, equality, tolerance, and human rights through local and global engagement.

 

What is social justice?


Social justice generally refers to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being.

 

Who decides what issues to highlight? 

Those who participate within the center impact the issues that come to the forefront. However, we welcome any suggestions from students, faculty, staff at OU and from members of the community.

 

How long has the center been a part of the Women's and Gender Studies Program?

The Center for Social Justice has been part of WGS since November 2009.

 

Who started the Center for Social Justice?

The Center for Social Justice was formed by the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty who recognized an urgent need for students to be prepared to address pressing local and global challenges.Faculty members and the WGS director at the time, Dr. Jill Irvine, found that students came to the program after learning about the conditions for women in our local and global communities.Students wanted to take their education to another level.

 

Why is the Center part of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program?

The WGS faculty called a workshop to address the need for the WGS program to explore ways to supplement research and the academic tools provided to students through the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. From that workshop, the Center for Social Justice was created.The goal of the Center for Social Justice, then, is to provide students with practical and academic tools to better understand our local and global communities. The Center for Social Justice promotes justice, equality, tolerance, and human rights through local and global engagement through a unique offering of academic programs, activist events, and opportunities for community engagement.

 

How can I get involved in the Center?

There are many programs, events, activities in which students, faculty, staff, and members of the community can take part. Please call 405-325-5787, email center.for.social.justice@ou.edu, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@OUSocialJustice), or stop by the Center for Social Justice in Robertson Hall, Room 101 to learn more about our offerings.