Social Justice Book and Lecture Series

The Social Justice Book and Lecture Series brings to campus thought leaders in various fields from across the country to explore issues of social justice.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar poses with audience members at the Social Justice Book and Lecture Series

Erica Armstrong Dunbar (middle right), Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Black Studies and History at the University of Delaware, poses with members of the Diversity and Inclusion team in 2018.

Series objectives

  • Foster a sense of community on our campus through shared literature and relevant dialogue.
  • Prompt participants to think critically about the historical context of social justice issues while focusing on the interdisciplinary thought and leadership skills necessary for solving current social justice challenges.
  • Provide a platform for further reflection, dialogue and action within our campus and greater communities through related coursework, gatherings and exposure to local, regional and national social justice projects and initiatives.

The UMKC General Education Curriculum, as well as many other courses on campus that challenge students to examine their views and values while considering personal, political, economic, environmental and social concerns, are enhanced through Social Justice Book and Lecture Series content.

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