Critical Social Justice

Critical Social Justice is a multifaceted and interdisciplinary programming initiative coordinated by the Women’s Center which aims to explore social justice in both theory and practice from academic, activist, and artistic perspectives.

Critical Social Justice will be returning during the 2021-22 academic year as a long-year (and not a week-long) initiative!
Stay tuned for more details. 

A single light can’t illuminate a city or a nation, but it can ignite a movement that changes the world. This fall, Critical Social Justice: Ignite will explore how a burning commitment to create a better future can inspire activism among individuals and communities.

This is the UMBC Women’s Center’s 6th Critical Social Justice (CSJ) initiative. CSJ has always been an opportunity to bring our campus community together to spark innovative ideas, inspire creative inquiry, and begin new collaborations. This year, in addition to exploring what unites us, we want to create space to look at what separates us and how we can bridge those expanses.

We hope to continue to grow the inclusivity of CSJ by helping more people feel welcome and comfortable engaging in challenging conversations about equity and justice, across all racial and ethnic identities, genders, sexualities, political ideologies, academic fields, and life experiences. From dancers to coders, from seasoned activists to those looking for ways to begin impacting change around their passions, CSJ can be for all of us.

Throughout CSJ week, October 22-26, 2018, participants will explore how to harness partnership to achieve things that may be out of our reach as individuals. How can we use our strengths, and learn from our challenges, to become the community we want to be — one that truly exemplifies inclusive excellence?

The CSJ: Ignite keynote speaker will be announced soon.

Critical Social Justice: Ignite will be held on October 22nd through 26th, 2018. Follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter (#CSJignite) for updates on scheduled events and other news. For more information about the Critical Social Justice initiative, or if you’re organizing a related event that week that might be included on the CSJ calendar, please email

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