The Institute for Social Justice Theory and Praxis

The Institute for Social Justice Theory and Praxis serves a s a social justice hub of AYCGL that utilizes "freedom" theories - in real time - in ways that teach, develop and implement solutions to social justice inequlities, particularly as they relate to peoples of Africa and its Diaspora.  The Institute equips student scholars, academics, community advocates and activists in ways that make lived experiences and living spaces better for those who are too often marginalized.

In line with core programming of AYCGL, the Institute is committed to activities relative to theory and practice that promote awareness, understanding and the moral and ethical engagement of:

  • Historical contributions, traditions, beliefs, and values of cultures and societies around the world, especially Africa and its Diasporas;
  • Original voices, and new and more diverse groups of constituents and ideas in search of novel solutions to social inequity;
  • Interactions of gender, race, class, and ethnicity in establishing and reproducing inequality and paths toward the eradication of said inequalitites;
  • Human costs and consequences of major world periods and events such as slavery and the slave trade, colonialism, imperialism, modern revolutions, wars and internal conflict;
  • Roles, strategies, and ideologies of leaders who challenged structural sources of global inequality;
  • Opportunities for faculty members and student scholars to civically engage and to collaborate with affected communities, collectively defining problems and developing innovative solutions to complex social ills.