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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.

Research Lunch Series

Join us for our Spring 2016 Research Lunch Series (PDF), monthly discussions of innovative social justice research.  Previous topics have included economic injustice and the financial crisis, the impact of race, gender and class in medical care, and the search for Black power in the 20th century.  Reservations are requested for these informal conversations, held from 12:30-2:00 pm.  Drinks and dessert are provided; participants are invited to bring lunches.

Brown Gold: African-American Children's Literature as a Genre of Resistance

Schubert Center for Child Studies

Thursday, February 18 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellfower Rd.

Dr. Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina, will trace the tradition of resistance in African-American children’s literature, beginning with early publications such as the Brownies’ Book Magazine up through several recent works of African-American children’s and Young Adult literature. With discussants Deborah McHamm (President & CEO, A Cultural Exchange) and Cara Byrne (PhD candidate in CWRU Department of English).  Registration requested.

Community Partners:  Cleveland Public LibraryA Cultural ExchangeCuyahoga County Public LibraryFacing History and Ourselves and Starting Point

University Partners:  African American Society, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Social Justice Institute


Student & Youth Leadership Conference

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Race, Food + Justice Conference

Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens

Thursday, April 21–Saturday, April 23, 2016

Engage in dialogue addressing race and racism, one of the social determinants of health and food access.  By engaging multiple sectors of our community, we hope to expand the grassroots base that promotes environmental justice.  Keynote addresses will feature:


Co-sponsored by Environmental Health Watch and Rid-All Urban Agriculture and Youth Education Funding provided by Sisters of Charity Foundation, with additional support from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

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