Social Justice

The ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of students entering their junior and senior years of high school from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive program in Washington D.C., students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. The Close Up Foundation — a DC-based civic-education nonprofit — will serve as a partner with the ACLU to provide substantive experiential learning opportunities that help students hone their skills as issue-focused campaigners.

The seminar adopts the template of Precollege offerings which empower participants to apply lessons learned in the classroom to issues they care deeply about. Relying on research and scholarship, participants will gain insights into queer activism, theories of practice that guide effective engagement, and acquire a language, culminating in a plan for action in their communities. By understanding the history of struggles around LGBTQIA+ rights and access to community supports and using it as a touchpoint, these leaders are better equipped to plot constructive paths forward.

The Social Justice program will use an interdisciplinary approach to examine the root causes of social injustice. Focusing on principles of action, community, equity and inclusion, students will explore local, national and global issues and develop creative responses through discussion, journal writing, and short filmmaking.

Combining skills-based education with hands-on experience and applied reflection, Georgetown's Community Impact & Leadership Academy introduces you to the critical social justice issues that affect our communities. This experiential program provides you with a firsthand look at how direct action and community engagement intersects with policy development. Through highly structured community-based learning, you'll have the opportunity to work directly with organizations on projects that serve disadvantaged and underserved communities. You'll visit Capitol Hill, governmental organizations, and community-based organizations while engaging with international human and civil rights advocates and current youth activists.

The Social Justice & Public Policy Academy introduces you to the complex role of public policy through the lens of social justice. You'll explore models and methods of public policy to gain an interdisciplinary understanding to analyze real-world problems. You will reflect on the meaning of democracy, freedom, justice and equality; investigate how advocacy leads to change in public policy; develop your capacity for leadership; and become part of a community committed to personal growth. Taking advantage of our location in the heart of the nation’s capital, you'll have the opportunity to engage with policy think tanks and organizations that defend and work in areas of civil, economic, labor, and human rights. You'll study the components that shape and impact public policy and interact with leaders and lawyers that turn ideas into action. You'll also examine D.C. beyond the monuments and learn about its rich social justice history and the city's current challenges around inequality and inequity.

The Power of YOU: Foresight Prep @ Oberlin is an intensive, pre-college summer program for high school students passionate about social equity and the environment. We facilitate hands-on seminars designed to empower motivated high school students to take action on urgent issues during the summer, and a year-round network connecting alumni with real world changemakers.

Designed to give high school students an immersive experience into Sarah Lawrence College's pedagogy, this program provides students theoretical, historical, and present-day perspectives on social and cultural issues involving class, gender, sexuality, and race. This interdisciplinary intensive will give students a chance to learn, discuss, and apply their knowledge through the creation of mixed-media art installation pieces. Throughout this process, students will be guided and mentored by members of Sarah Lawrence’s award-winning faculty and renowned alumni. Students will develop their academic skills in a rigorous intellectual environment by focusing on the social justice issues that matter most to them. Students will also explore how creative writing, visual art, performance, and social media impact social justice movements. This three-week program will culminate in an exhibition of each student’s work.

Join Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life for an exciting, engaging, two-week summer program created for those who want to develop their leadership skills while making a difference in the world and in their communities. The program will equip students with the leadership skills and civic knowledge to build connections, work collaboratively, and emerge as change agents who can inspire others. The students will also tour several college campuses in the area.

What are the philosophical and historical approaches to contemporary justice issues? How do laws, treaties, and norms work in practice to protect rights? Through lectures and discussions with affiliated faculty, researchers, and advocates associated with the University of Chicago’s Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, participants will explore these questions through the lens of particular issues in the field. Visits to advocacy organizations, cultural events, and courts and other government institutions will reveal how these questions play out beyond the classroom, and give participants behind-the-scenes access to the rich resources available in Chicago to address human rights on a local, national, and global scale.

The Social Justice Research Academy examines the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice. Engaging with faculty and community leaders alike, students conceptualize projects related to freedom, justice and equality, and develop skills for leadership and community development.