The Center for Social Justice
The Center for Social Justice assists Earlham students in linking their passion for social justice with their purpose in life beyond Earlham. Social justice issues cross disciplinary boundaries and the Center is where these concerns can come together. Examples of Earlham's commitment to this area include a collaboration with the U.S. Department of State designed to prevent violent extremism, a program to prepare students to serve in the Peace Corps, and activities that link peacemaking with the arts.
Summer projects of Earlham students are supported by Peace Prizes. Here are recent examples:
Three Earlham College students spent the summer of 2016 working toward peace in India and Nepal as part of two projects selected for $10,000 in funding. Sonia Kabra’s ’16 (right) “Sisterhood Peace Project” addressed gender inequality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through a grassroots project in India. Her project was one of 120 funded nationally by Projects for Peace. Ananda Mishra ’18 and Maniz Shrestha’s ’19 project entitled “Wireless Education and Women’s Empowerment for Rebuilding Bhimtar” was selected for funding by Earham. Read More →
Ram Itani ’17 (left) and Saimoon Thapa’s ’17 spent the summer of 2015 building a community center and challenging socioeconomic ideas in their native Nepal. Their project, “Community Resource Center for a Better Salyantar” was selected for $10,000 in funding by Davis Projects for Peace, an initiative of the United World College Scholars program. This prestigious award is given annually to students from 90 participating colleges and universities nationwide, including Harvard, Georgetown, Macalester, Princeton, Swarthmore and Yale. Read More →
Model United Nations at Earlham College is a doorway to the world of international affairs. Through MUN, students are introduced to vital global issues and far-reaching international organizations. The Earlham College Model United Nations allows students to move from roles as spectators to firsthand participants who “become” diplomatic representatives and consider items from the UN system’s vast agendas. This cocurricular program at Earlham College has an excellent track record in helping students move into dynamic internships and jobs with international organizations from Amnesty International to the United Nations Development Program and all points in between.
Each year Earlham College hosts regional high school students on campus for a weekend MUN Conference. Through this outreach, Club members demonstrate to other young people that they can make a difference on important global issues. Keynote speakers for this even have included ambassadors and high-level UN diplomats as well as eloquent non-governmental activities. Earlham students initiate and complete all the logistical and programmatic arrangements for this event.
Alejandra Traslosheros Reyes ’18 has worked on is the #i4inclusion social media campaign that was created at Earlham. The campaign uses media literacy to combat violent extremism in the United States. She is the agency coordinator for the 12-member core group that will submit a proposal in October for funding in a competition sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Facebook.
“I facilitate communication and help the group to stay on track,” she says. “#i4inclusion is a good snapshot of the kind of thing I would like to do after graduation. I think it’s important to give a voice to people who might not otherwise be heard and to help people participate in the society that they live in. And in most cases that requires fostering and opening up spaces rather than speaking for other people.”
The #i4inclusion initiative is a product of Earlham's Center for Social Justice, an academic center launched this fall as part of the Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration (EPIC). EPIC is a college-wide effort for foster partnerships between academic disciplines and equip students to communicate, create, adapt to change and flourish as members of a team. The plan draws on the college's traditional strengths in the liberal arts and it forward-looking focus on making a positive difference in the world.
Earlham College is among the nation’s top institutions for contributing to the public good and the top liberal arts college in Indiana, according to Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide.
The annual guide ranks Earlham alongside other leading liberal arts institutions including Swarthmore, Reed, Pomona, Bates, Haverford and Macalester colleges.
Washington Monthly considered factors including social mobility, research and service when compiling the guide. Earlham ranks 5th nationally in the rankings for having more than 230 graduates serving in the Peace Corps, the preeminent international service organization of the United States.
Yarn for Justice meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m., in the CoLab Nook — the area behind the Main Gathering Space. We are working on crafting squares for yarnbomb installations, starting small and working our way up to bigger things.