The Social Justice Consortium disrupts the idea of the academy by expanding notions of who can produce, have access to, and teach social justice knowledge.
The Howard University Social Justice Consortium (SJC) is a cross-organizational, cross-institutional, interdisciplinary partnership that is concerned with educating society and developing the critical consciousness people need to analyze injustice in their own communities and develop innovative and collaborative action-oriented remedies.
The SJC has three pathways to increase community knowledge on this topic, including:
- supporting social justice research,
- art, and activism,
- but its most significant is its effort to democratize access to knowledge through courses dedicated to Social Justice.
The Social Justice Consortium disrupts the idea of the academy by expanding notions of who can produce, have access to, and teach social justice knowledge. These courses are not tied to a degree and will be offered to students inside and beyond Howard, including Title 1 high school students, teachers, community activists, continuing education students, retirees, and incarcerated populations. The courses will not only deepen community social justice knowledge, but positions Humanities as the means to solve social problems.
Education and empowerment across different sectors and demographics will increase the critical consciousness, participation in, and efficacy of social justice activism.