Social Justice

Students posing under Bellarmine University arch

In being 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 by visiting our Engage page or subscribing for the Stuff to Do with BU newsletters by reaching out to the Student Activities Center.

MLK Day of Service and Week-Long Celebration
On the third Monday in January, OII and the Center for Community Engagement encourage students to participate in the national initiative to serve our local community in a day of service.

Alternative Spring Break
Center for Community Engagement 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 Cultural Excursion
This immersive weekend trip allows students to engage in discussion around the history of different justice movements in America with visits to historical sites, memorials, and museums. Different locations are visited each year.