Social Justice Symposium


The Social Justice Symposium (SJS), now in its 14th year, grew out of student organizing and a desire for a stronger social justice focus within the MSW program experience. Planned around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, this free event now serves 300-500 students and community members each year. Through keynote speakers and performers, dozens of workshops, and a resource fair during the free lunch, this event aims to educate and inspire while building social justice consciousness and community.

Our (working) Definition of Social Justice

We collectively wrote a definition of social justice we feel embodies the spirit of this event.

Social Justice is a process, not an outcome, which (1) seeks fair (re)distribution of resources, opportunities, and responsibilities; (2) challenges the roots of oppression and injustice; (3) empowers all people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential; (4) and builds social solidarity and community capacity for collaborative action.


If you are interested in supporting the 2020 Symposium,  email us.


Our event is always free and open to the public. Please help us keep the Social Justice Symposium this way — consider donating! 

To make your gift online, select the Annual Fund option and fill in the requested information. In the Special instructions or designations for this gift field, notate Social Justice Symposium. To make a gift by check, please contact Assistant Dean of Development and External Relations Veronica Alexander.

Past Symposiums

Watch past keynote presentations.