GIVE BACK to the community….

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JOIN a community dedicated to service…

The Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement strives to enrich the understanding of social issues through personal exploration and socially responsible leadership in an effort to create a culture of service at the University and within the local and global community.

CSJCE has several opportunities for HNU students to contribute to the service and social justice mission of the university.

  • Be a College Mentor with the Early Admit Program, which provide college readiness for Bay Area High School youth.
  • Volunteer with our  Days of Service or Take a Community-Based Learning (CBL) Course.
  • If you receive federal work-study, you could be eligible to participate in the Students in Service Leadership Program, which matches HNU students to work at a community-based organization.
  • Each spring semester CSJCE hosts a service break experience where students travel to Tutwiler, Mississippi to work with Habitat for Humanity and build connections with the community.
  • Attend the Bay Area Social Justice Forum and learn through workshops and keynotes speakers about the injustices that our local and global community faces as well as tools to create positive social change.
  • Gather with your fellow students for the Justice Cafe, a program held once per month to discuss issues of justice such as Human Trafficking, Violence, and Immigration.
  • Participate in the Social Change Agents program to explore the impact of identity, power and privilege in creating positive social change.

Our programming:

Annual Social Justice Forum

The Center hosted the 4th Annual Social Justice Forum with the theme, “The Dream Lives On: Civil and Human Rights, A Call to Action” on Saturday, February 15, 2014 for bay area community members and the HNU community. This year over 350 attendees representing students, staff, faculty and community members participated in a variety of workshops on some of the most critical social justice issues in today’s world, including human rights for women, fair housing and tenant rights, immigration rights, disability social justice and human trafficking. Featured speakers included Dr. Clayborne Carson (Stanford University), Solores Huerta (Labor Activist), Re. Phil Lawson (East Bay Housing Organization), and much more.

Justice Cafe

On the 3rd Wednesday of every month, students gather at the HNU Justice Cafe to discuss justice issues of global concern and build community through dialogue. Previous topics included gender, peace, cultures of violence, water justice and social media.

School Of Americas (SOA) Vigil & Protest

Every year students and staff members gather at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia on the third week of November to act in solidarity with thousands of peace activists in an effort to close of the School of the Americas, a training facility for Latin America soldiers whose graduates have been directly linked to some of the worst massacres in Latin America. While traveling to Ft. Benning, students visited major historical sites related to the Civil Rights Movement i the United States, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama and Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Community-Based Leadership

Through the federal work study program, HNU students are paired with community agencies to commit to long-term service throughout the academic year. 10 students have contributed over 1,300 hours of service as community-based leasership for 6 community organizations addressing various issues from housing, hunger, education and immigration. Additionally, the Center hosts Annual Days of Service to provide an opportunity for the HNU community to participate in a short-term volunteer project. The Center hosted a MLK Day of service in collaboration with Friends of Sausal Creek to participate in natural habitat restoration.

Alternative Spring Break Tutwiler, Mississippi

Each year, Holy Names University takes students who participate in a Community-Based Learning class Tutwiler, MS during Spring Break to build homes for Habitat for Humanity and to learn about the cultural and historical context of the region in relation to the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally students build connections with the Tutwiler community in partnership with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary who serve in a variety of ministries in Mississippi. 13 students participated in this experience on March 7-15, 2014.

Community-Based Learning

We have a variety of courses that have a service learning component. Students can take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to practical experiences through service with our list of Community Partners. Students commit to 12-15 hours of community service with a variety of community partners including the Oakland Catholic Worker, St. Vicent DePaul, The Unity Council, area schools and other partners in the community. Eight courses have been offered during the 2013-2014 academic year contributing over 1,000 hours of service in the community. We offer our Community Partners a workshop each year on a topic of interest to them, i.e., conflict management, leadership, and fundraising.

Early Admit Program

The Early Admit Program (EAP) is rooted in the University’s mission of social justice. Through the EAP, HNU students serve as College Mentors and provide mentoring, occasional homework support, and workshops that center around college readiness, empowerment, and agency for high school students and families. Currently, 13 HNU students serve as College Mentors and have worked with over 100 students. In the 2013-2014 academic year, the EAP has alreay participated in five workshops related to college readiness.


To find out how you can get involved, contact:

Email: centerforsocialjustice@hnu.edu

Phone: (510) 436-1283

Find us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CSJCE

Office location: Student Success Center, Brennan 43-51



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