The Social Justice Leadership Project affords students the opportunity to focus on the study of feminist leadership while training leaders committed to diversity and social justice. The three pillars of the project serve to broaden exposure to a range of styles and dynamics of leadership, and to build students' concrete skills:
Pillar I: Academic Component
The academic component is intended to provide participants with a leadership toolbox.
Pillar II: Student Programming and Development
This pillar includes funded attendance at student leadership conferences and participation in such programs as the UNH Undergrad Research Conference, the Women's Studies Honor Society, student-driven activist projects, skill workshops, and more!
Pillar III: Applied learning
Students in the project can earn course credit and/or receive stipends for applied learning experiences in the project, such as internships, teaching practicums, and research assistantships.
Social Justice Leadership Cohort
The Social Justice Leadership Project wanted to create a place for students to experience community development and work on a project using their intersectional social justice lens.
In Spring 2019, a small group of Women’s and Gender Studies students who were passionate about social justice came together with a mission to create social change. The group will choose one issue each semester, research causes and effects, and build long and short term solutions. The Cohort seeks to go beyond bringing awareness to problems- they have set off on a journey to implement actual social change.
The topic the students chose to work on Spring 2020 was is food insecurity on campus. They will be researching causes of this issue and working towards a solution. The students are currently in the evaluation stage: researching, surveying, and conducting key informant interviews and focus groups. They are hoping to address at least one root of the issue and not only bring awareness, but create actual policy and planning changes. They are not the first group to address the issues of food insecurity and food waste- UNH’s Sustainability department, local nonprofits, and UNH staff and administration have brought attention to this problem before, and the SJL Cohort is glad to bring the students into the movement.
The project is a combination between a class and an internship experience in which students can earn 1-4 credits. This is an amazing opportunity for people of all majors looking to build leadership and problem solving skills, and to get involved in the community.
Social Justice Leadership Minor
The minor in Social Justice Leadership engages students in an exploration of policies, power dynamics, institutions, and structures that promote or hinder equity and processes of change required for social justice. Students will examine various forms of injustice such as sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and environmental degradation. The minor is grounded in three pillars — a theory component, a leadership component, and experiential learning activities. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on disciplines such as anthropology, education, English, history, philosophy, political science, social work, and sociology. After completing the curriculum, students will have gained a historical perspective, theoretical understanding, and applied leadership skills. The minor certifies students' knowledge regarding, and commitment to, social justice leadership, which will be useful in postgraduate pursuits.
Barbara A. White Social Justice Leadership Award
The UNH Women’s and Gender Studies Department provides two awards for women’s and gender studies majors who have demonstrated feminist and social justice leadership in honor of Women’s Studies co-founder Barbara A. White.