Mission

About the SJI

The Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at UIC is a campus-wide project that began in 2010. Housed in the Office of the Provost, SJI seeks to build upon and foreground a critically important part of UIC’s mission as a public research university in a diverse global city. Our work is focused on promoting a greater good and improving lives through scholarship, teaching and community engagement.

SJI has four ongoing program areas: the Chicago Justice Gallery (CJG), the Pipeline to Justice Scholarship and Mentoring Program, Justice Lens films series, and the Social Justice Minor, which is housed in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program.

Each year, we host workshops, films, discussions, lectures, exhibitions, and conferences that shine a light on persistent injustices as well as ways that people work together to create change. All of our programs encourage UIC students, faculty, and staff to connect with community members and organizers to address pressing social justice issues in Chicago and around the world.