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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The Social Justice Institute presents meaningful events where students, scholars and community members gather together to tap into our individual and collective psyches and souls, hearts and minds, knowledge and networks of support, and dare to draw forth the words, analyses, strategies and actions that respect and uplift human dignity and life.  We are honored to provide distinctive educational opportunities  – and we invite you to join us and become partners in our work.

The Women of East Cleveland: An International Perspective

Thursday, May 26 - 4:00 pm 

As part of the Voicing and Action Project research initiative, visiting fellow Risham Waseem will debut a documentary short culled from the digital oral histories collected in East Cleveland, analyze her findings, and provide comparisons to the women’s empowerment programs she’s developed in Pakistan.  

Risham is the Media Project Officer of the Interactive Resource Centre in Lahore where she designs and develops media advocacy campaigns and documentary films on various human rights issues.  She regularly engages university students in trainings over peace-building, film production and citizen journalism.  Risham also directs the Vasakh Documentary Film Festival, an annual event that showcases documentary shorts on human rights, peace and cultural heritage.  Her fellowship at the Social Justice Institute is supported by the Cleveland Council of World Affairs in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and World Learning in Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the community.  
Reservations requested by e-mailing or calling 216.368.7568

CWRU in the Community: Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, June 15 - 12-1 pm

Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom, 11038 Bellflower Rd

Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams will discuss the impact of SJI in the Cleveland community.  Join us for pizza, beverages and conversation!  RSVP to Ryan Pierce at

Presented by the Office of Government and Foundation Relations

The Fixers: Stories from Greater Cleveland

Thursday, June 16 - 6:30-8:00 pm

Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom C ‌‌

Join us for The Fixers: Stories from a Greater Cleveland, a screening of two short documentary films and a public dialogue.  The Fixers is a collaborative public art project and film series about the democratic process, public policy and who tells Cleveland's story during the 2016 RNC.  Local "fixers" RA Washington and Jacqueline Greene address the impact of funding for military-grade equipment on civilian policing; Naudia Loftis focuses on young people impacted by neighborhood-level violence in Kinsman.  The evening is free and open to the community.  

Read more about The Fixers...

The Fixers: Stories from a Greater Cleveland is co-sponsored by Spaces Gallery and Art Matters.

About Our Events

The majority of our events are free of charge and open to the community.  We cannot do this important work without you – we hope that you will consider supporting us in these endeavors.  Gifts of any size will impact our work and support our signature programs.  Donations may be made online or sent to Social Justice Institute, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106-7243.

To RSVP or volunteer for any upcoming event, please call 216.368.7568 or email