Ivy League law school hiring ‘Director of Social Justice’

Toni Airaksinen
Columnist at PJ Media

  • The University of Pennsylvania Law School is looking to hire a high-level administrator to promote “social justice” on campus.
  • The new "Director of Social Justice Programs" will work with the school's Toll Public Interest Center, which facilitates student activism, often in the form of "resisting" President Trump's policies.
  • The University of Pennsylvania Law School will soon become the first in the Ivy League to retain a high-level administrator to promote “social justice” on campus.  

    The new Director of Social Justice Programs will work at the Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC), where they will collaborate with students, faculty, and local nonprofits to increase opportunities related to “social justice” for Law students. 

    UPenn activism center: "We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped."   

    “The Director will design and implement the comprehensive array of programs that will manifest in curriculum for scholars, fellows, and the broader social justice community at Penn Law,” the May 15 job posting indicates. 

    [RELATED: Stanford hiring admin to ‘advance social justice’ on campus]

    As Campus Reform has reported, “social justice” administrators at other universities are frequently dispatched throughout campus to facilitate trainings on privilege, implicit bias, and microaggressions, as well as to plan community events for student minorities. 

    Though neither the TPIC nor Penn Law responded to inquiries from Campus Reform about the nature of what “social justice” may entail, the TPIC has historically coordinated a variety of left-leaning service opportunities. 

    One key to public service is activism, according to the TPIC, which encourages students to get involved in resisting against a variety of Trump-era proposals on issues like immigration, government-funded healthcare, and welfare benefits.

    “President Trump’s proposed budget calls for massive cuts to 'entitlement programs' including SNAP (formerly food stamps),” the Penn Law web page warns, calling on students to “take action” to protect SNAP along with the Coalition Against Hunger.

    The school also recently encouraged students to “Resist Trump’s agenda,” claiming that “We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped,” and inviting students to rally at a public event in Philadelphia to resist it. 

    [RELATED: Profs puzzled that conservatives resist social justice courses]

    Not all of the Center’s activism is against Trump, it should be noted. Penn Law also boasts of pro-bono programs that help survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, help parents negotiate child custody disputes, and mentor high-school students during mock trial competitions. 

    Once hired, the Director of Social Justice Programs will oversee the allocation of a $3 million grant, and will earn anywhere from $58,527 up to $84,864, plus a benefits package from the school. 

    Campus Reform reached out to Penn Law for more information, but did not receive a response in time for publication. 

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    Toni Airaksinen

    Toni Airaksinen

    Columnist at PJ Media
    Toni Airaksinen is Columnist at PJ Media and a Consultant at Youth Radio. She was previously a New Jersey Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform with a focus on Title IX, the OCR, and the First Amendment. During college, she also was a columnist for Quillette and The Columbia Spectator. Her exclusives have been featured on FOX News and The Drudge Report. She graduated from Barnard College in 2018.
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