"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead BC ’23
- What is Social Justice?
- What is the Social Justice House?
- Participation Requirements
- House Location
- Application Process (deadline - Monday, June 13th at 12 noon)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Dr. Lee Anne Bell writes:
"We believe social justice is both a process and a goal. The goal of social justice is full and equal participation of all groups in society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. We envision a society in which individuals are both self-determining (able to develop their full capacities) and interdependent (capable of interacting democratically with others). Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others, their society, and the broader world in which we live. These are conditions we wish not only for our own society but also for every society in our interdependent global community."
The Social Justice House is a unique opportunity to take an active role in immersing yourself in Barnard College and New York City through the lens of justice and activism. Dedicated to educating students about the problems and solutions related to contemporary social issues, students will pursue positive change within local and global communities as members of the Social Justice House. Students will learn how to make a difference by engaging in the theory and practice of social justice and interacting with their peers and local activists and policy makers.
If you have an interest in social justice and civic engagement, we invite you to apply for the 2016-2017 academic year!
- Open to Barnard rising -Sophomores, -Juniors, and -Seniors
- Must have selected into a room or be on the guaranteed assignment list for the academic year. [Students on the non-guaranteed waitlist are NOT eligible for Social Justice House]
- Must be willing and able to live in the Social Justice House for the entire academic year (616 suites 5A and 5B). Applicants who are planning to Study Abroad for Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017 will not be considered.
- Must be in good standing with the College
The following are the requirements and expectations for residing in Social Justice House for the 2016-2017 academic year. By signing your application, you are indicating your commitment to meeting each requirement. If you do not uphold these expectations, Residence Life has the option of relocating your room assignment to another location on campus outside of Social Justice House.
In order to build a connected and engaged community, we expect that all members of the House will uphold the following expectations:
- Reside in one of the 616 Social Justice House Suites
- Attendance at two monthly one-hour meetings (time and day to be determined at the beginning of each semester by the house)
- First monthly meeting: leadership and team development
- Second monthly meeting: focused on activism and social justice
- Plan or participate in one Barnard, Columbia, or NYC event per month
- Present at one "first monthly" meeting (leadership) and one "second monthly" meeting (social justice) per semester
- Return to campus on Saturday, September 3
- Attend Social Justice House Orientation Sunday, September 4th
- One unexcused absence at a meeting or event is permitted per semester
- Excused absences:
- Must notify the RA via email at least 1 week in advance of the meeting or event in conflict
- Absences will be excused for academic-related conflicts and other conflicts as approved by Residence Life
Members of the Social Justice House will live in double and single rooms on the 5th Floor (Suites 5A, 5B) of 616 W. 116th St. The Senior Associate Director for Residential Life & Housing will make all housing assignments, using your answers on this application as a guide. Each application is read individually and your comments are carefully reviewed.
Applications will remain open until Monday, June 13th at 12pm (noon).
In addition, please select one of the following options:
- Submit a video (no longer than 5 minutes) where you discuss or demonstrate your particular interest(s) in social justice. Please focus on the attributes and qualities you will contribute to the House as well as what you hope to gain from this experience.
- Submit a sample program that you hope to plan as part of Social Justice House. Please also include your ideas for publicity.
Either should be emailed to Josh Conway (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12pm (noon) on Monday, June 13th, 2016.
Q: Can two or more students apply together for the Social Justice House, in hopes of living together?
A: Students must complete an individual application to join the Social Justice House. However, there is a space on the application to list a preferred roommate, if desired. In this case, both applicants must be accepted into the house and list each other as the preferred roommate.
Q: When is the deadline to apply for the Social Justice House for the 2016-2017 academic year?
A: The application deadline is Monday, June 13th at 12pm (noon).
Q: When will applicants find out about their housing status for the Social Justice House?
A: All applicants will know whether or not they have been accepted into the Social Justice House by Friday, June 17th.
** Please note: If you selected a room through the room process, please discuss with your future room/suitemates the potential impact of your moving out of the space before applying for the Social Justice House.