Social Justice Scholars

Students reading together in a semi circle
Images of two books - The Parable of the Sower and Braiding Sweetgrass

In Fall 2023, the group's study will focus on reimagining and enriching our understanding of the world from Black and Indigenous perspectives.

  • One of the books we will utilize is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, which will offer Indigenous wisdom, hearing and respecting the languages of other beings, and embracing the knowledge that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.
  • The other book we will utilize is The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, which imagines an Afrofuturistic fictional world in the now-not-so-distant future (written in 1993, it imagines the world in 2024) which will offer an exploration of social inequity, identity and resistance, and climate injustice. 

The five Fall 2023 sessions will be held from 12:30-2:00 pm on:

  • Friday, September 8
  • Friday, September 22
  • Friday, October 6
  • Friday, October 27
  • Friday, November 17

Selected participants will receive two books and any subsequent readings, and will receive a $250 award for their full participation over the fall semester. Participants agree to be responsible for reading all of the assigned materials, and must attend five planning and discussion sessions. Students can apply for continuing as a Social Justice Scholar in the Spring semester (with an additional stipend), which will build on the Fall semester learning. 

Applications for Fall 2023 are now closed. Check back in November 2023 for the application for Spring 2024!