Social Justice

Social Justice

Social Justice Leadership Certificate

We are connected through multiple social networks, from Twitter to Instagram to Facebook. We are meeting people that we would have never met before, both on campus and on the internet. But even as we connect, we encounter differences in one another. And sometimes we don't know how to bridge those differences. How do we explore and celebrate our differences, while also confronting privilege and oppression?

The Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program (SJLC) is a year-long interdisciplinary program for undergraduates that will explore issues of social justice for those who are interested in being agents for positive social change.


  • Students will develop an Action Project based on an area in which they would like to create meaningful change.
  • Completion of the Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program students will receive a notation on their Engagement Record.
  • We are now accepting applications for the Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program. Applications will open in the summer of 2019. Please click on the link "Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program" to apply!

If you have questions, please contact Multicultural Student Engagement at

Social Justice Leadership Retreat

University of Minnesota Social Justice Leadership Retreat takes approximately 50 students and 20 facilitators away from campus for three days and two nights of immersion activities focused on various issues of social justice. After arriving in early evening on night one, the group spends time developing trust and relationships in small and large group discussions along with facilitators. The following two days are used to facilitate a journey for each student in exploring their own identities, sharing their personal story in their small group, listening to the personal stories of others, and attending training sessions on privilege, understanding personal identities, and what all of this means in leadership. Topics of discussion and reflection include race and racism, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and campus climate. Fourteen successful retreats have taken place since January 2005. 

Social Justice Action - Living and Learning Community

Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding around social justice concepts? Do you want to have meaningful conversations with your peers about social justice? If so, then the Social Justice Action Living and Learning Community is for you! By joining this community, you will enhance your leadership skills related to social justice concepts and have the opportunity to work with other students through peer education and outreach.