The Social Justice Theme Community is a space that celebrates and affirms the diverse backgrounds of all its residents. Whether ability, body size/appearance, gender identity and expression, nationality, political affiliation, sexual orientation, social class, race, religion/spirituality, or other identities, students are encouraged to bring their whole selves to Social Justice Theme Community. The community is a safe space in Pima Hall where students may discuss their differences and pluralistic identities without fear of slurs, attacks or discrimination. The Social Justice Theme Community comprises 7 double rooms (14 beds). The community also offers the option of gender-inclusive roommate pairings, for those interested.
The Social Justice Theme Community creates opportunities for students to learn about issues such as abelism, cisgenderism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, and more. Weaving together personal experience and information on discrimination, privilege and oppression, and social change, the community works to empower residents to be advocates for social justice in all that they do. Through a variety of programs and activities, the Social Justice Theme Community offers a dynamic experience for students wishing to grow as community leaders, excel academically, and build support and community ties.
Residents of Social Justice Theme Community are required to enroll in EDL 297A - Transitions Through Social Justice their fall semester of their first year at UA. This 1-credit course supports students in their transition to college life, and explores many facets of what it means to be an advocate for social change in today's society. This course is designed specifically for residents of the Social Justice Community, and is taught by Housing & Residential Life staff. Residents will be automatically enrolled for the course once accepted to the Social Justice Theme Community. Class is held in Pima Hall Wednesdays from 11-11:50 a.m.