UM Students Host Social Justice Week

By Special to UM News

UM Students Host Social Justice Week

By Special to UM News
This year’s programming aims to spread awareness of the various injustices that affect the campus, local, and global community.

Social Justice Week The University of Miami’s Butler Center for Service and Leadership, along with several student organizations and campus departments, will host Social Justice Week beginning on Monday, January 23.  This year, Social Justice Week aims to create a dialogue for students from all races, ethnicities and religions by providing events where they can share their thoughts, opinions, and experiences.  

Additionally, the program hopes to shed light on various social issues and injustices including racism, religious sectarianism and LGBTQ rights, amongst others. Social Justice Week runs through Thursday, January 26. The events will be at different venues around campus and are open to the University community. Below is a full list of the activities for the week.

MONDAY, JANUARY 23rd

Chalk Your Thoughts on Social Justice

The Rock Plaza | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts on social justice at the Rock Plaza. Promotional information for Social Justice Week and Tunnel of Oppression will be distributed.

Tunnel of Oppression

SC Senate Room | 4:-10: p.m.

Tunnel of Oppression is a sensory-based museum style exhibit designed to expose participants to various acts of oppression taking place today. The program is designed to create awareness of different types of oppression and its effects within society and the campus community. Room topics will explore issues related to the environment, poverty, human trafficking, women’s issues, LGBTQ, racism, religion and mental health.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th

Documentary Screening - “After Spring”

SC East Ballroom | 7-9 p.m.

Coordinated and co-sponsored by the Butler Center, Service and Leadership Liaisons, Hurricane Productions and the Cinematic Arts Council.

“After Spring” is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. “After Spring” is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.

Tunnel of Oppression ~ SC Senate Room | 4-10 p.m.

Tunnel of Oppression is a sensory-based museum style exhibit designed to expose participants to various acts of oppression taking place today. The program is designed to create awareness of different types of oppression and its effects within society and the campus community. Room topics will explore issues related to the environment, poverty, human trafficking, women’s issues, LGBTQ, racism, religion and mental health.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th

Spring Involvement Fair

Foote Green | 12-2 p.m.

Coordinated by COSO

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with COSO-recognized student organizations to discover ways to get involved and local community partners to highlight their volunteer opportunities.

Tunnel of Oppression

Shalala Student Center Senate Room | 4-10 p.m.

Tunnel of Oppression is a sensory-based museum style exhibit designed to expose participants to various acts of oppression taking place today. The program is designed to create awareness of different types of oppression and its effects within society and the campus community. Room topics will explore issues related to the environment, poverty, human trafficking, women’s issues, LGBTQ, racism, religion and mental health.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26th

DEFAMATION

SC Center Ballroom | 7-9 p.m.

Coordinated and co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs

DEFAMATION is a play that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury. Through deliberations and post-show discussions, audiences engage in civil discourse that challenges pre-conceived notions.