Social Justice

Social Justice Programs - Jessica Pettit

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Just Rescue - Facilitator: Jessica Pettitt 5:30-6:30pm Who has the power to choose who lives or dies? Who writes the moral code we live by? Who “unwrites” this code? Even with limited information, we are socialized to make quick decisions about another person. This directly relates to how we work with, talk to, and support other people. When given an opportunity to examine “back stories” and assumptions, participants learn the positives and negatives of stereotypes. Participants can use this knowledge to make informed decisions in the future.




3/16/2021 That’s Not Funny! Or Is It?: Cultural Misappropriation - Facilitator: Jessica  Pettitt  5:30-6:30PM To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? I don’t think so! Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke. 





4/13/2021 Working Across Difference - Facilitator: Jessica Pettitt 5:30-6:30pm We often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender
expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more.  We may be well intended when we enter or step back from a conversation. We know better, but what we don’t know how to do is fix it right? Make sure that everyone understands what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as you are. Spoiler alert – its not about them – it is all about




Social Justice Certificate Program

Program Requirements

Coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs, University College in conjunction with the Career Center

Social justice is the assertion of the ideal that all humans should have the same rights and opportunities. From access to healthcare to safe spaces to live, social justice aims to level the playing field and eliminate discrimination. There are four interrelated principles of social justice: equity, access, participation, and rights.

The ISU Social Justice Certificate Program is a self-paced, comprehensive program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences at Indiana State University. The program is adaptable so a variety of students can work toward completing this certificate.

Social Justice Issues

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Education
  • Mental or Physical Ability


The ISU Social Justice Certificate Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills for engaging and addressing issues of diversity and social justice.
  • Understand the power dynamics associated with difference and dominance/oppression, and their impact on human functioning and social relations within and across diverse groups.
  • Understand how structural inequities in society are shaped by historical, psychological, social, and political factors.
  • Demonstrate awareness of oppressive assumptions, biases, and prejudices that facilitate a stance of dominance, as well as identify where these biases, prejudices and assumptions rest in institutions.
  • Develop methods for continuing this life long process of recognizing our biases, learning how to change oppressive systems, and building a more socially just, equitable multicultural society



To register for the Social Justice Certificate Program, please Apply here!


Submission of Projects

To submit your Social Justice Certificate Program final projects, go here


Certificate Management

Students participating in the ISU Social Justice Certificate Program will find all certificate information on the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs, University College, and Career Center website. Participation and completion will be tracked and monitored by the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs.

The Office Multicultural Services and Programs will meet with the student and verify that the requirements are completed.

The Career Center will process the certification and note it on the student’s Co-Curricular Record. The Career Center, University College, and Office Multicultural Services and Programs will jointly issue the ISU Social Justice Certificate.

For more information, please contact or call 812-237-8513.


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