What Does Social Justice Mean to You?

By Nicole Croteau

Staff Reporter

From March 27 to March 31, Sacred Heart University’s Latino club, La Hispanidad, will host their second annual Social Justice Week in an effort to address social issues.

La Hispanidad created its first Social Justice Week last year and is sponsoring the event along with the Social Justice Council.

The council is composed of representatives from Residential Life, the Global Leadership Class within the Jack Welch College of Business, Volunteer and Service Learning Programs and Campus Ministry.

“The mission of this week was to bring people together from diverse settings,” said Christian Colón, Co-Copy Editor of The Spectrum and co-President of La Hispanidad. “Anyone who has been affected by stereotypes, racism, feeling inferior because of their social class, feeling out of place because of who they are, etc., can join us this week to shed light on the issues.”

On Monday, March 27 the council hosted events from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., including tables outside of Outtakes to support “Are You Autism Aware?” and “What does Social Justice Mean To You?”

Residential life also held “Safe Zone Training,” which focused on what people should realize that could potentially offend others in a college setting.

“We will have speakers and students sit in an informal type setting to share their stories,” said Colón.

On Tuesday, March 28, Campus Ministry and Greek Life are sponsoring “Stuff A Bus” where students are able to donate food and stuff a bus with canned goods in an effort to give back to a local shelter.

“This week puts politics aside and brings out the reality we are living in,” said Colón. “People are afraid to be who they really are these days. They are afraid to embrace their religion, political stand point, language, or skin color. These are the social justice issues we hope to address.”

The Media Literacy Department and Digital Culture Graduate Program hosted a showing of documentary “13th Mass Incarceration” in the Martire Theatre.

“The film is a recent documentary film that examines the racial aspects of mass incarceration in the U.S.,” said Dr. Bill Yousman, Assistant Professor and Director of the Media Literacy and Digital Communications Graduate Program. “It delves into history to explore how we became the nation that leads the world into incarcerating our
own citizens.”

On Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. students will be given the opportunity to speak with Patricia Talisse, a Care Coordinator at ACMH Mental Health Care and a former youth representative for the United Nations, in the Martire Forum.

Following this, Residential Life is offering an Oxfam Hunger Banquet in the University Commons at 5 p.m.

Ending the night, there will be a vigil in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at 8 p.m. in support of the LGBTQ community.

Students in the Global Leadership class taught by Professor Grace Guo, Associate Professor for the College
of Business, created events for the week that will count as projects.

The Global Leadership class will be sponsoring a cultural night alongside La Hispanidad on Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

The final day for Social Justice Week will be Friday, March 30 starting with a social justice panel at 12:30 p.m., hosted by the anthropology and sociology department.

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