March 08, 2012

Social Justice Leadership Institute earns award

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A program for student leaders at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is receiving a national award.

The Commission for Social Justice Educators at the American College Personnel Association is presenting the Commitment to Social Justice Education Award to the Social Justice Leadership Institute.  The award is in recognition of the service and professional contributions that the institute offers to the association and to higher education.

“This is an exciting recognition for the Institute and we could not have done it without all of the support from SIU Carbondale faculty, staff and students who are committed to creating positive social change on campus,” said Jenna M. Bartak, graduate assistant for Student Involvement and Leadership Development in the office of Student Life and Intercultural Relations.

The Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI) is a semester-long University program for student leaders who have a vision for and are willing to learn about and work toward campus and community social justice and equity.  The holistic institute launched in spring 2010 and provides students with workshops, reflective and interactive exercises, small group conversations and more to enhance their leadership and social action efforts. 

Bartak will receive the award at the ACPA conference in Louisville, Ky., on March 24. 

The mission of the Social Justice Educators is providing college student educators with a collaborative environment for diversity and social justice education.