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Service & Social Action

An Office of Campus Life & Leadership

Social Justice

Adams, Bell, and Griffin (1997) define social justice as both a process and a goal. “The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”

The Office of Service and Social Action delivers a series of programs that aim to engage students in social justice education. Read below for more information about current initiatives.


Social Justice Retreat: Education

Interested in exploring how social justice themes intersect? Ever wonder how these issues impact the communities in which we live? Join the Office of Service & Social Action on Saturday, November 16 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. for a Social Justice Retreat. We will explore these themes through interactive learning and discuss how we can work together to build a more just and equitable community and world. This retreat will focus on issues of educational access and justice as we examine the changing environment of public education in our state and discuss issues of access to higher education.

If you are interested in participating in this retreat and learning more about creating this vision of a more socially just community, register using this form. This retreat is a continuation of previous Social Justice Retreats; we will cover some introductory material and focus on new material for the in-depth discussion about education. The retreat is free and lunch will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Marianne Magjuka at or Shelley Sizemore at

Wake City

Over 11 million Americans are unemployed. In October, the national unemployment rate was 7.3%, and the local unemployment rate was 7.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What barriers exist to finding and maintaining employment? How do people access the resources that they need?

On February 8, we will host a simulation called Wake City, followed by a community-wide dialogue. Join us in thinking critically about economic justice and issues of access! Register HERE. In the meantime, check out this tool from Durham Urban Ministries: Spent. For more information about Wake City, please contact Mattos Paschal at or Marianne Magjuka at