Social Justice

In being true allies and advocates, we strive to emphasize the moral obligation that we all have as individuals to take action when presented with issues of social justice. OII offers a variety of programs, service opportunities and partnerships to help develop Bellarmine community members into active agents of change.

Social Justice Opportunities

Once a month for an hour, OII leads a discussion focusing on identity and/or social justice open to students, faculty, and staff. This series aims to raise awareness, build community, and encourage attendees to create individual and cross-campus action plans on how to build equitable environments for all members of the BU and Louisville community.

Community Conversations
These discussion forums, led by OII and community partners, create a space for the campus community to process social issues that are making headlines in the media. Stay up to date on when these are happening in the Bellarmine Today and Daily Knight newsletters.

MLK Day of Service
On the third Monday in January, OII and the Office of Service and Leadership encourage students to participate in the national initiative to serve our local community in a day of service.

Civility Week
Co-sponsored by Residence Life and Service and Leadership, this week is filled with programs and initiatives exploring what the term “civility” means and how we can each engage in civil discourse, politics, and action.

Social Justice Week
In partnership with Residence Life, Campus Ministry, and Service and Leadership, this week of programs aims to spread awareness and engage community members in discussion of a specific social justice topic leading up to the Annual Dialogue on Diversity Conference.

Trip to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
During the spring semester, OII takes a day trip to Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to learn stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, who challenge and inspire everyone to take courageous steps towards freedom every day. Sign up on Engage.

Alternative Spring Break
The Office of Service and Leadership hosts several alternative break trips that allow students to learn, engage, and reflect on social justice issues that impact communities across the United States. Each of the trips provide you the opportunity to visit a different city, learn about yourself, others, and explore important justice issues.

Fall Break Trip to Washington, D.C.
Spend your Fall Break with OII in Washington, D.C. exploring the Smithsonian Museums, National Mall, historic monuments, and immerse yourself in the culture of D.C.

Spring Civil Rights Trip to Alabama
This immersive experience to Alabama will allow students to engage in discussion around civil rights and the history of slavery in the United States as they travel to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL.