Social Responsibility is Wheaton shorthand for civic engagement, specifically informed political activism.
But what does that mean?
SSSR encourages and supports passionate and informed political activism, creative approaches to social justice work, and respectful bi-partisan dialogue on issues of importance to our community, country and world through speakers, dialogues, film, art and spoken word events, and other programs.
Like what? Last year SSSR worked with the President's Action Committee on Inclusive Excellence (PACIE) to promote deliberative dialogue on campus; cosponsored filmmaker Judy Richardson's visit and screening of her new documentary Scarred Justice; and sponsored The Clothesline Project to raise awareness about dating abuse and sexual violence. This year we are also providing staff support for the LGBTA History Project that is attempting to document LGBTQ life at Wheaton through our alumnae/ii network, and we've just launched Eliza's Cafe, based on the popular Socrates Cafes that have sprung up around the country.
Other recent programs include an Oxfam Hunger Banquet, AIDS Memorial Quilt display, residencies by Charles Neblett of the SNCC Freedom Singers and Byron Hurt, writer and producer of Beyond Beats and Rhymes, and the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Service, and Coming Out Week Solidarity Vigil.