Social Justice Institute
The Social Justice Institute (SJI) is a central component of the UT Community Engagement Center. Its goal is to enhance the social justice objectives of the DDCE, as highlighted in the new strategic plan.
The SJI brings together faculty, students, staff and community partners in collaboration around specific social-justice oriented projects and dialogues. Such projects are carried out through several modes: community education, advocacy, community-based activist research and scholar activist gatherings.
Dr. Eric Tang - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Justice Institute
- Free Minds
- Refugio Community Organizing Training Series
- Workers Defense Project
- Save Our Youth (SOY)
- Hutto Detention Center Visitation Program
- Foodways Texas
Edmund T. Gordon is Associate Professor of Anthropology of the African Diaspora and Chair of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Robert Jensen is Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center and Third Coast Workers for Cooperation. Third Coast has partnered with the Workers Defense Project to launch a progressive community center, 5604 Manor (http://5604manor.org/). Jensen is the author of All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, (Soft Skull Press, 2009); Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002). Jensen is also co-producer of the documentary film “Abe Osheroff: One Foot in the Grave, the Other Still Dancing,” which chronicles the life and philosophy of the longtime radical activist. Information about the film, distributed by the Media Education Foundation, and an extended interview Jensen conducted with Osheroff are online at http://thirdcoastactivist.org/osheroff.html.
Robin Moore is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Moore has recently established fundraising lines for the UT mariachi, Tex-Mex conjunto ensemble, and African American vocal ensemble in an attempt to keep them from being discontinued due to budget cuts.
Cherise Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the University of Texas at Austin.