Social Justice

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Social Justice Week | January 28th - February 1st | UM Coral Gables Campus

Social Justice Week is an initiative led and developed by a committee of faculty, staff and student leaders aimed at bringing awareness to the various social issues impacting our campus and surrounding community. Social Justice Week is supported by student organizations and campus departments in an effort to bridge gaps within the campus community through dialogues, experiential activities and initiatives that promote equity, justice and inclusion. This year the sponsors include the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of Institutional Culture, Speak What You Feel and Cinematic Arts Commission. 

MONDAY – January 28, 2019

Hoodie Art Instillation feat. Dr. Billie Lynn

Whitten University Center Lower Lounge | 12:00-1:30PM

Participants will be encouraged to write their thoughts on social justice directly on the 8.5 Hoodie prototype created by professor and artist Dr. Billie Lynn. Dr. Lynn will share her inspiration for creating this timely piece and answer questions participants may have. The Hoodie exhibit will be on display during the duration of Social Justice Week.  



TUESDAY – January 29, 2019

“Getting to Know U”- Multifaith Interactive Dialogue

Shalala Student Center Activities Room South | 7:30-10:00 PM

Coordinated by the Office of Institutional Culture

Students representing various faith based organizations will come together to share and answer questions pertaining to their faith traditions and what they most like about their faith, as well as they thing they think people most misunderstand about their faith.  There will be an opportunity for Q & A and discussion. Members of the UM Chaplain’s Association will also join us for this event. Students are given the opportunity to submit questions to be answered via


WEDNESDAY – January 30, 2019

“Be Bold, Be Brave” Open Mic Night

The Rathskeller| 7:00-9:00PM

Coordinated and Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs (Speak What You Feel) and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership 

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences and how they or loved ones have been affected by social injustice. Through the art of spoken word, dance, poetry, singing, rapping and instrumental attendees will learn more about current social justice issues occurring around the world today.


THURSDAY– January 31, 2019

Movie Screening: The Hate U Give

Shalala Student Center East Ballroom – 7:00-9:30PM

Coordinated and Sponsored by the Butler Center for Service and Leadership 

Co-Sponsored by Cinematic Arts Commission

THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas.

Film Synopsis: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.


FRIDAY– February 1, 2019

#IAMCOMMITTED- Share your commitment to Social Justice

Lakeside Patio – 11:00AM-2:00PM

Coordinated and Sponsored by the Butler Center for Service and Leadership 

Participants will be encouraged to write and take a picture with the social justice issue they are committed to. They will be able to sign the Social Justice Week banner pledging to remain dedicated to their issue within the UM and surrounding Miami community.