Social Justice Program

Partners For Peace

Elmhurst students pitch in to help residents of Chicago's West Side.
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The Sacrifice of Veterans

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On September 11, 2013, the Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action hosted a panel discussion in an effort to promote peace and justice through service.

Sacred Conversations on Urban Ministry

Church Leaders Discuss Activism

On March 21, five notable activist church leaders discussed the pitfalls and promises of ministering in neighborhoods most people choose to avoid.

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Elmhurst College Students Witness Obama Inauguration

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56 Elmhurst students, faculty and staff ride a bus all night to Washington to witness President Obama's inauguration.

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A Commitment to Service

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.

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