University of Southern Indiana
CSJE worker at the Social Justice Activism Fair

CSJE Initiatives

The Center for Social Justice Education offers programming and resources for the University of Southern Indiana community and is open to collaborations and partnerships in the the Southwestern Indiana region.

CSJE supports the Black Lives Matter movement & aims to promote racial equity and fight issues of injustice. Please see these resources.

CSJE (through its Director and Advisory Committee members) has been involved in the Mandela Social Justice Day held annually at USI.

Every other year, CSJE holds a workshop on policy advocacy (aimed at social work students) and participates in the Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) at the Indiana State House in partnership with the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Our last trip was in February 2019. Due to COVID, we haven't been able to return. We hope to attend in 2023. 

CSJE launched the Media and Voter education Project (MVP) in 2019 to promote media and digital literacy, and to provide fact-based information related to voting and civic engagement. We are currently participating in the Healthy Democracy Campaign with Voting is Social Work & Vot-ER. Please see our social media pages for more.

Access to mental health care is an issue of social justice. Moved to action out of concern for USI students, we are collaborating with other University groups to sponsor events related to accessing mental health care, suicidality and warning signs, resources on our campus, and mental wellness.

Community Collaborations

During the Spring 2020 semester, CSJE shared a student intern with Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE).

We are open to other community collaborations! Please feel free to contact our Director for more information.

Past collaborations include:

  • Vanderburgh County Treatment Court
  • Child Welfare BSW Scholars Program


Our Department offers a course titled, Introduction to Social Justice. This is a great way for students to orient themselves to the field & be introduced to issues of social justice and ways to become an advocate and/or ally!

Contact Dr. Elissa Mitchell


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