Elmhurst students pitch in to help residents of Chicago's West Side.
As the Jane Addams Social Justice intern, Jenna Stutz is conducting research into educational inequities and reform efforts.
Sara Hynes, the Rosa Parks Social Justice intern, is helping to start a conversation about mental health on campus.
The Niebuhr Center helped Kristen McWilliams conduct research in Thailand, do mission work in Peru and discover her calling in life.
Open to Elmhurst students in any major, the Social Justice Program at Elmhurst College's Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action is designed to educate students about social justice issues and motivate them to alleviate suffering brought about by systemic injustice.
Program participants learn about social responsibility through seminars, discussions, action projects, social justice internships, grant-supported research and collaborative, interdisciplinary courses.
They also find real-world opportunities to address social injustice, both locally and across the world. Every fall, for example, students spend a day doing community service on Chicago’s West Side as part of the annual Partners for Peace initiative. Other students engage in activism with social service agencies, join relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters, or work in poverty-stricken areas in the U.S. and abroad.
Each year, the Social Justice Program sponsors several student internships. Social justice interns conduct research on a particular aspect of social justice, educate the campus community on that issue, and create a specific action plan.
The Social Justice Program builds on the Niebuhr Center’s core commitment to justice in the tradition of Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr, Elmhurst alumni and leading social ethicists of the 20th century.
The Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action encourages Elmhurst students to learn about social responsibility and to share their concerns about human rights. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact us.