Social Justice


Join other highly motivated St. Edward’s University students and faculty from a variety of academic fields who share a passion for creating a more fair and equitable society.

As a member of the Social Justice LLC, you will take a one-hour seminar designed to introduce interdisciplinary perspectives on social justice.  You will also select another course with a social justice theme. These courses (FSTY 1320), which are taught by some of the most accomplished professors at St. Edward’s represent a variety of majors across the university.

Fall Courses:

Note: All Social Justice LLC students take the Social Justice LLC Seminar and then choose ONE course from classes below.

FSTY 1120 - Social Justice LLC Seminar, Dr. Kris Sloan
The Social Justice LLC seminar will seek to bring to students a broad, interdisciplinary vision of social justice that recognizes the need to fight against unequal distributions of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.  More specifically, this vision of social justice can include, but is not limited to, analyses of systematic racism, sexism, heterosexism, colonization, investigations of socioeconomic disparities and their implications on health, the environment, and standards of living, and examinations of cultural oppressions that take place in society and through societal and cultural institutions. The seminar will serve as the central hub for all Social Justice LLC activities; activities which include:  community service learning, extra- and co-curricular events, cross-disciplinary engagements with social justice and community building activities for those in the Social Justice LLC.

Masculinity, Power, Privilege, Dr. Adam McCormick
This course is designed to deconstruct toxic masculinities in an attempt to reconstruct healthier and more inclusive notions of masculinity. Students will look beyond the traditionally constructed concepts of “straight” and “gay,” “male” and “female” to consider more complex approaches to the socialization of masculinity. Specific attention will be given to social problems and conflicts associated with the negotiation of masculine identities (sexual assault, homophobia, mass violence, family violence, mental health stigma, racism, mass incarceration, substance abuse, etc).   This course will also explore the impact that social class, race, and sexual orientation can have on masculine experiences.

FSTY 1320 - School, Education and Society, Dr. Arcelia Hernandez
The American Experience has varied with the gender, race, ethnicity and social class of the person. The purpose of this course is to examine this diversity in experience throughout the country’s education history, examining the struggles, achievements and perspectives of marginalized groups in the U.S. history with a focus on the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of public and private schooling. Individual and group experiences will be placed within the social, economic and political context of various eras. The course will also examine the role in these histories of the ideals and values of traditional U.S. civic culture, such as liberty, equality, and human rights. The overall goal of this course is to develop historical understanding of the problems and strengths inherent in our pluralistic society, particularly as these relate to education.

Art & Activism: Reclaiming, Space, Place, & Identity, Tammie Rubin
Artists create works of art that awe, provoke, and mirror the varied aspects of society. During this class students will examine visual artists whose works collide with activism, encouraging engagement in social justice inquiry. This can mean traditional genres such as painting, sculpture, photography or installation, but also murals, video, performance and social practice. Viewing contemporary examples of artistic activism, students will analyze how art has been employed to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness, community building, and provide cultural critique. Through lectures, discussions, readings, studio projects and invited speakers students will begin to understand the terminology, genres, and practices of contemporary artists involved in activism. Some of the artists and institutions to be discussed: Tania Bruguera, Project Row House, Hank Thomas Williams, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kruger, Ai Wei Wei, Banksy, the Guerrilla Girls, and JR.

FSTY 1320 - Personal Finance/Social Responsibility, Dr. Camelia Rotaru
This course introduces students to the personal financial management skills needed to make ethical individual and business decisions. Topics covered include time value of money, budgeting, tax planning, consumer credit, spending decisions, insurance, investment selection, and retirement planning. Consideration is given to how individual’s finances are impacted by business and government practices. Sustainable investing practices are discussed, and emphasis is placed on individual due diligence for corporate social responsibility and human rights.

FSTY 1320 - Human Rights in Latin America, Dr. Georgia Seminet
This course will examine the historical legacy of violations of basic human rights in Latin America from a historical perspective. The diverse populations of this region have experienced human rights violations from both ends of the ideological spectrum: from authoritarian state regimes as well as from revolutionary groups dissatisfied with the status quo. The course will employ a cultural studies focus as it introduces students to the societies of Spanish-speaking Latin America using a wide range of primary and secondary texts, including film, and from a variety of disciplines (literature, history, social sciences...). The broad range of readings will allow students to explore the historical origins of contemporary issues of social inequalities. The most prominent topics to be explored include indigenous rights, military and authoritarian abuses, violence in the cities, gender issues, migration and neoliberalism. Finally, students will be engaged in the Austin community as volunteers in local organizations that support immigrants fleeing violence or poverty, and/or seeking asylum in the US.

Just the Facts
: 3rd & 4th Floors, Hunt & Le Mans halls 
Capacity: Up to 98 students
Faculty Director: Dr. Kris Sloan, Associate Professor of Education
Twitter: @SEU_JusticeLLC
Signature Events: Social Justice Film Series, Monthly Community Activities, Service Opportunities
Founded: 2007--reimagined for 2015!

“Austin has endless opportunities to get involved in change, but it's important to be familiar with the environment we're working with. More than anything, the Social Justice LLC has encouraged me to be aware and active in my world. It's a supportive community that continually challenges me to see other perspectives and understand the complexities of our world.”  --current Social Justice LLC Member

Interested in applying?
Make sure you select the LLC bed you want while filling out the online housng application.To sign up for the Social Justice LLC, you must select a Hunt/LeMans room on the 4th floor or 302-342. Social Justice LLC STEM majors will select rooms between 443-464.