Multicultural Affairs

Social Justice Leadership Summit

With the injustice occurring nationally and globally, it has become imperative that we develop as global leaders who are passionate about equity, justice, and change. With that in mind, the Multicultural Affairs Center has created the Social Justice Leadership Summit. This year’s summit will have a theme of “Equity and Justice NOW” to serve as a reminder of how imminent change is.

The purpose of the Social Justice Leadership Summit is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to encourage and lead social change. In accordance with its purpose, the conference focuses on four pillars of excellence:

  • Inclusion: Inclusion is the equal and equitable access and participation of diverse identities in any given space.
  • Equity: Equity exists when individuals have as much to gain or lose from inequity, regardless of their identity, status, or affiliation.
  • Sustainability: Sustainability is the belief that institutions change through consistent and continuous reinforcement. By doing this, we envision the creation of space for diversity and inclusion.
  • Change: Change is the solution to a problem, toward equity and justice, and is achieved through sustainability.

Students, faculty, staff, and professionals are invited to join the Truman State University Multicultural Affairs Center in exploring the different facets of social justice in our communities and world. The summit will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to effectively lead social change efforts in the institutions we occupy.

The theme “Equity and Justice NOW” was created to convey the urgency of change related efforts within the United States. In the year 2015, over 1,100 people were victims of police related death. 21 transgender women were also killed in 2015, most of them being women of color. Popular movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, #HerNameWas, #BlackOnCampus and even #OscarsSoWhite highlight a dire need for representation, equity, and justice among marginalized communities.

This two-day summit will take place on Truman State University’s campus on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. and will consist of several opportunities for unpacking the intricacies and complexities of social justice advocacy. Through three workshop blocks, performances, and reflection our hope is that we can create authentic and brave dialogue that fosters self-awareness, identity development, coalition building, and a commitment to change.

If you are interested in attending the conference as a participant, presenter, or volunteer please follow the links below to sign up!

For more information, email us.

Summit Information:

2016 Summit Information

Summit Registration and Hotels

For any questions or concerns, please contact the planning committee at sjls@truman.edu. In the subject, please submit your status as an inquirer (participant, presenter, or volunteer). For example: Participant Support.

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