Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership

Institute for Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis

This institute serves as a social justice hub of AYCGL that utilizes "freedom" theories—in real-time—in ways that teach, develop and implement solutions to social justice inequalities. The Institute equips student scholars, academics, community advocates, and activists to create an impact in service to the lives of others.

In line with the 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 inequalities
  • 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