Summer Social Justice Institute 2022

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Experience the city and discover yourself in ways you never have before at Columbia College Chicago’s Summer Social Justice Institute. With the city as your classroom, explore the concept of critical race theory through the lens of Chicago’s Black and Brown festivals and performances, reimagine an equity-based future for the city’s public spaces, or take a rotating topics course and discover the ways in which artists engage with issues of power, privilege, and justice through their work. All students admitted to the Summer Social Justice Institute will be awarded a SCHOLARSHIP due to generous donor support for this initiative.

Who is Eligible to attend the Summer Social Justice Institute? 

Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend the Summer Social Justice Institute 2022. Whether you’re a journalism, animation, dance, or illustration major, the Summer Social Justice Institute is the place for you if you’re a self-starter who is socially engaged and enjoys collaboration and discovering new ways to expand your ideas about social justice in writing and through your academic discipline or other creative practice.  

Classes are filling for the 2022 Summer Social Justice Institute. The deadline to apply is June 20th.

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All students admitted to the Summer Social Justice Institute will be awarded a
SCHOLARSHIP due to generous donor support for this initiative.

What is the Application Process?  

Individuals who are interested in participating in this summer intensive course must be enrolled as a Columbia College Chicago student for the summer session. The application process includes a thoughtful response to three essay questions. Non-Columbia College students who are admitted to the program must also complete a nondegree seeking student application.

The Summer Social Justice Institute course will fulfill a Columbia Experience (CCCX class) or elective course requirement.

The deadline for applications is June 20th. 

What is the Summer Social Justice Institute? 

The Summer Social Justice Institute is an intensive immersive experience where students can focus on their own academic discipline or creative practice during the summer while integrating and expanding their knowledge on a range of issues related to social justice. Senior Associate Provost Nate Bakkum says, “The creative community of Columbia College Chicago is connected to so much artmaking and activism throughout the city. The Social Justice Institute gives us a great new opportunity to connect with diverse practitioners during the amazing flourishing of creativity that animates the city each summer.” 

Raquel Monroe, Co-Director of Academic DEI, describes the institute as “a wonderful way to illuminate how the practices artists, makers, and scholars enact in interdisciplinary collaboration offers strategies for doing the hard work of interrogating power and privilege, which is part of the mission of our DEI work.”  

For questions or additional information on the course, please contact Brian Marth at bmarth@colum.edu.

Summer 2022 Course

  • Advanced Topics in Creativity and Social Justice

    July 5 - August 6

    This interdisciplinary rotating topics course explores creative practice across the breadth of disciplines offered at Columbia College Chicago and the myriad ways in which artists engage equity-focused innovation that can drive sustained social, economic, and cultural impact. Through active engagement with artistic cultures, communities, and histories, students will collaborate in the creation of creative work and/or plan for a new social or business venture.