Social Justice

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 where students may discuss their differences and pluralistic identities without fear of slurs, attacks or discrimination. 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 theme 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. 

Benefits of the Social Justice Community

  • Join a diverse family of students passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Participate in events related to social justice, including service learning projects, dialogue, and community engagement trips
  • Interact with professional staff committed to promoting equity across campus and supporting your growth
  • Enjoy a for-credit class to discuss issues relevant to your life and assist in your transition to UA
  • Gender-inclusive housing options available

How to Apply

  • Submit an online housing application
  • Pay the non-refundable housing application fee
  • The theme community application process, inside your housing application, opens in January. Space is limited; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the spring semester until spaces are full.

NOTE: You must have a housing application on file to be considered for this community.

Contact Information

For more program information, contact:

Sherard Robbins

Assistant Director for Equity & Student Engagement