Social Justice

Jessica Pettitt


The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP) offers numerous social justice focused programs through the student resource centers: International Student Resource Center, LGBTQ+ Student Resource Center, La Casita Student Resource Center, and Women’s Resource Center) This programming schedule provides broad reaching topics that delve into overarching elements of social justice.

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 programming and resources provided through this initiative will embrace those four principles.

The basis of understand about social justice issues starts with awareness.  According to the Pachamama Alliance "Social justice issues can be delineated into two categories, which are interrelated and often co-dependent: Inter-Social Treatment and Unequal Government Regulation. Inter-Social Treatment involves treatment of certain groups of people based on personally-held biases and prejudices".

Social Justice Issues

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

The Social Justice 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


Social Justice Certificate 

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.

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.

MSP will meet with the student and verify that the requirements are completed.

The Career Center will process the certification and place it on the student’s Co-Curricular Record.


Social Justice Programming

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October 20, 2020 - 5:30pm

I am.. Safe Zone: Sticks & Stones LGBT 101

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What better sexual identities way to learn about than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

Learning Outcomes
* To articulate their own stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people;

* To identify others' stereotypes, derogatory terms, and other assumptions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and heterosexual people; and

* To recognize the U.S. cultural need for binaries when examining sexual identities.


November 10, 2020 - 5:30pm

Messages I Learned: - Gender, Cissexism, and Femininity

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Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn't easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one's past to better inform our futures.

Learning Outcomes
* Identify messages you learned about one key identity that made you who you are;

* Identify messages you learned about at least two groups to which you are not a member;

* Identify an event where you actively or passively supported oppression;

* Connect the functions of internalized and externalized oppression with one's own identities and experiences; and

* Participate in an authentic conversation regarding emotions, anxieties, and realities of doing social justice work.


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