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Center for Social Justice

About the Center

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) embodies one of the enduring elements of Earlham’s history and purpose: linking our passions for social justice to deep learning, engagement, and purposeful futures. The CSJ helps equip students for lifelong engagement on social justice issues through initiatives that build skills and knowledge across the disciplines in and out of the classroom. We also promote awareness and analysis of social justice issues by supporting student initiated projects, speakers, student/faculty research, site-visits and more. Signature programs include our annual Davis and Earlham Peace Project awards ($10,000 each) and an annual funded Spring Lobby weekend in Washington D.C. with the Friends Committee on National Legislation on a current political issue.

Andrew Williams ’85: ‘Earlham is where my passion for social justice sparked’

Andrew Williams '85 works with undergraduate students seeking intellectual, political and artistic work in support of movements for social justice, peace, and environmentally sustainability. He is the executive director of HECUA, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.Andrew Williams ’85 grew up in a predominately African American working-class neighborhood of Indianapolis where he lived among people with direct experiences of the dehumanization, violence, and loss associated with U.S. and European racism.

Today, Williams works with undergraduate students seeking intellectual, political and artistic work in support of movements for social justice, peace, and environmentally sustainability. He is the executive director of HECUA, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“My Earlham education has definitely undergirded my success, first as a graduate student, and in my career,” Williams says. “Even though graduate school work demanded more time and a higher level of intellectual sophistication, I felt like the rigor of my undergraduate course work provided me a solid foundation for a smooth transition into graduate studies.

“Earlham is also where my passion for social justice was sparked,” he says. “That might sound cliche, but it’s true.”

Programs and Projects

Davis and Earlham Peace Projects

Each year two Earlham students/groups are awarded a $10,000 prize to pursue a "Peace Project" during the summer months. Students have worked near and far, on issues of structural inquealities, inclusion, and areas of conflict, from Brazil, to India, to right here in Richmond, Indiana. Here are some recent projects:


Peace for Young Adult North Koreans in South Korea, 2018 Davis Prize Recipients

Gyeongeun -lee -and -hyeonji -kimIn a project that touches on current issues, Davis Prize recipients, Gyeongeun Lee '20 (right) and Hyeonji Kim '21 (right), undertook a project working with young adult North Korean refugees in South Korea. They identified a need for cultural exposure and integration and designed and implemented a series of workshops, outings, reflections, and discussions though a local university on issues of belonging. Read More →


STEM Gender Equality in Nepal and Richmond, 2018 Earlham Prize Recipients

Megan -bennett -anmol -lamichhaneMegan Bennet '20 (left) and Anmol Lamichane '18 (left) spent the summer of 2018 addressing some of the reasons young women and girls are so poorly represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and classes in Richmond, Indiana and Nepal. They worked with partners in a 'local/global' project they called "Building Global Female STEM Communities in Indiana and Nepal," drawing on their own home communities. Read More →



Here are some past recipients of the Davis and Earlham Peace Projects:

  • 2017 Davis Prize recipient, Peniel Ibe '17 carried out her project "Young Mothers 4 Peace" in Monrovia Liberia, focusing on income generating skills development with a local partner. 
  • 2017 EC Prize recipient, Daniel Kibet '19 project builds a sanitary facility at a primary school in Kapng'etik village in rural werstern Kenya to promote peaceful coexistence between community members and the local school. He received a glowing letter updating him, and us, about the results of the project on the community this year!
  • 2016 Davis Prize recipient, Sonia Kabra '16 developed a project, "Sisterhood Peace Project," to address gender inequality in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education through grassroot initiative in Jalgaon, India. Read More →
  • 2016 EC Prize recipients, Ananda Mishra '18 and Maniz Shrestha's '19 project entitled, "Wireless Education and Women's Empowerment for Rebuilding Bhimtar" aimed to establish a Ceter for E-Lerning (CEL) with computers, books, and an E-Library system at a local secondary school in Bhimtar, Nepal. Read More →

Any current Earlham student is eligible to apply for the Davis or Earlham Peace Projects. The application process begins in the Fall Semester of the academic year, with results given in mid Spring Semester. The selection committee may choose to 1 or 2 projects to award. Students will complete their projects during the summer months.

If you are interested in applying or want to learn more about the Davis and Earlham Peace Projects, please contact Jonathan Diskin,

For more general background on Davis Projects for Peace, including a FAQ and examples of projects from prior years, see


Model UN

Model UN_1Model 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.

Supporting Student Projects

Alejandra -traslosheros -reyes -homepage -calloutAlejandra Traslosheros Reyes ’18 has worked on 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 in Fall 2016 as part of EPIC (Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum). 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.

Contributing to the Public Good

2014-11-15 14.34.39Earlham 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.

Spring Lobby Weekend

Given that policy is one important domain of social justice engagement, we fund and participate in the “Spring Lobby Weekend” in Washington D.C.  for hands on contact with the legislative process. The weekend is organized by the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and exposes students to a key policy issues of the day and advocacy experience to affect the legislative process.

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