School offers 'Social Justice House' for wannabe activists

Toni Airaksinen
New York Campus Correspondent

  • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) recently debuted a new dorm that promises to be a “safe, supportive living-environment” for students interested in promoting “social justice issues.”
  • Through required reading assignments, "advocacy opportunities," and a social justice field trip, students will learn "a singular voice of social activism and equality."
  • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) recently debuted a new dorm that promises to be a “safe, supportive living-environment” for students interested in promoting “social justice issues.”

    The new Social Justice House, which is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year, “will be a community of unique and multi-faceted students from a variety of backgrounds, united into a singular voice of social activism and equality.”

    "The House will seek to grapple with present day issues while providing students a safe, supportive living environment designed to help them grow and further their ambition."   

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    This “singular voice” of social activism will be developed among students throughout the semester during required reading assignments, participation in “advocacy opportunities,” and a group field trip to a “social justice related” site.

    “The house will ultimately attempt to push the College’s mission of being ‘an institution comprised of a diverse community of learners, dedicated to free inquiry and open exchange’ to a new level,” states the school’s web-page for the house.

    Students interested in applying to the house must also be comfortable with the prospect of becoming “social justice ambassadors” on campus, and must “have a commitment to organizing events, trips, and campus activities” that promote social justice issues.

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    In exchange for their commitment, the school promises that students will leave the Social Justice House with the ability to “articulate their identities and how these are impacted by systematic privilege and oppression,” along with the skills needed “to engage in civil discourse.”

    Campus Reform reached out to TCNJ to ask if students would be subject to removal from the house if they were to decline to participate in a particular social justice effort that they do not support, but did not receive a response.

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    Toni Airaksinen

    Toni Airaksinen

    New York Campus Correspondent
    Toni Airaksinen is a New York Campus Correspondent, where she reports on free speech issues and social justice research. She is a senior at Barnard College, majoring in Urban Studies and Environmental Science. She is also a columnist for PJ Media, and formerly held a post with USA TODAY College, The Columbia Spectator, and Quillette.
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