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The 3rd annual Social Justice Institute will be on January 30-31, 2015. 

The Social Justice Institute is an intensive, two day learning experience for Gettysburg students to explore personal and group identity, examine today’s societal injustices, and promote social action through civic engagement. Facilitated by committed staff and peer educators, this second annual retreat will bring together passionate students who desire to gain a better understanding of social justice and to be a change agent on campus. 

There are two tracks to this institute:

1) Track 1: Understanding Social Justice (for beginners)

2) Track 2: "Becoming a Change Agent" (for 2nd and 3rd year returners and those who have familiarity with social justice issues)

Apply to be part of the Social Justice Institute. Applications are due by Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, 12 noon.

Questions? Contact Gretchen Natter


All are welcome to join at anytime. No need to register!

eRace: engaging in racial justice dialogue
It began in the Spring of 2007 with an idea: to give students the space to share their experience. It has evolved into a movement designed to challenge the cultural climate at Gettysburg College. A small and vibrant group White students and Students of Color gather weekly to discuss race issues in Gettysburg College, in the world, and in their personal lives. We engage in dialogue in an environment that is respectful, frank and even humorous to dismantle racial myths, expose white privilege, confront internalized racism. 

Join us alternate Fridays from 3:30-5:00pm in Breidenbaugh 311.

Fall 2014 Dates: Sept 19, October 17 & 31, November 7 & 21, December 12
Spring 2015 Dates: February 6, 13 & 27, March 20 & 27, April 17, May 1 

Questions? Contact Gretchen Natter

nGender: generating discussion on gender issues

nGender is a bi-weekly meeting for students to dialogue around gender issues. Join us for a lively and honest discussion on alternate Tuesdays from 11:45-1:00 in CUB 126. Bring your own lunch!

Fall 2014 Dates: September 2 (CUB 230), September 16 & 30, October 28, November 11 & 25, December 9
Spring 2015 Dates: January 27, February 10 & 24, March 24, April 7 & 21

Questions? Contact Kim Davidson

iBelieve: finding intersections on faith and social issues
iBelieve is a bi-weekly meeting for students to dialogue around the intersection of faith and social issues. Join us for a lively and honest discussion on alternate Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 in CUB 126. Bring your own lunch!

Fall 2014 Dates: September 3, September 17, October 1, 15 & 29 (CUB 230), November 12, December 10
Spring 2015 Dates: January 28, February 11 & 25, March 25, April 8 & 22

Questions? Contact Jeff Rioux


All are welcome. Please register to let us know you'll be there.

Social Justice Workshops are held monthly.

Spring 2014 Workshops include:

January 20:  Video Blogging for Social Change: Jay Smooth (Tuesday, 11:30-1:00 in the Lyceum, Penn Hall) - Lunch Included
Jay Smooth is a acclaimed commentator and cultural critic on race, politics and hip hop. He will follow-up this MLK Day Celebration speech with a workshop in which he shares his experiences with creating social change through video blogging and field questions from students on ways to get started or have bigger impact. Learn more about Jay Smooth at www.illdoctrine.com

February 20: Binding of Memories (Friday, 3:30-5:00, Brei 311)
Artist Yasuyo Tanaka will lead this workshop in which students will remember and choose their favorite year or day, and write on the front of the paper their story of their favorite year or day. They will also investigate an unfortunate occurrence in the world during their favorite year or day, and write the details of that unfortunate occurrence on the back of their paper. Their individual sheet of paper will be copied and combined with the other students papers into a bound book that will be used to share all of their memories and research. Each student will bind one book to get one copy of the collected stories. Endless numbers of Incidents have happened all over the world during our lifetimes. In this workshop, students will train their imagination and widen their perspectives to understand themselves and the world.

April 10: Taking Down Rape Culture (Friday, 3:30-5:00, Brei 311)
In this workshop participants will name rape culture on campus and in their lives and then understand strategies to change our culture.

April 24: Tools for Action  (Friday, 3:30-5:00, Brei 311)
This workshop will introduce tools to disrupt oppressive comments in the moments and enable participants to practice this action. 

 Register for workshops. Questions? Contact Kim Davidson