Social Justice Leadership Project

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 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.

Social Justice Leadership Minor


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.

Barbara A. White Social Justice Leadership Award