Social Responsibility is Wheaton shorthand for informed and inclusive activism.
The Center for Social Justice and Community Impact (SJCI) 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.
SJCI and the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life are located in the basement of the Cole Memorial Chapel on Wheaton College’s campus. Together, the Centers (affectionately known as “The Base”) collaborate with campus and community partners to leverage our resources to foster equity, service and solidarity at Wheaton, in Bristol County, and in the global community.
SJCI works with student-run organizations like Students United to Serve (SUS) and local partners in Norton, Attleboro, Taunton, and surrounding areas to create opportunities for students to put the tenets of social justice into practice not only on within the Wheaton community, but also beyond our campus borders as global citizens.
We brought in youth organizers from the March for Our Lives Boston Chapter to speak about their organizing against gun violence. We’ve hosted “Elephant Room” talks to speak about important, but uncomfortable social issues. We strongly encourage students to be productively involved in advocacy for themselves and others.
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“If you leave me to myself alone, I shall try to succeed alone. But if we try it together, the task will not be easier, but it will be deeper and richer.”
~ N. Kazantzakis
The Center for Social Justice and Community Impact encourages students, faculty and staff to move beyond a charity-based model of service to one of full and sustainable partnerships in which all participants benefit in significant ways.
The Center for Social Justice & Community Impact is dedicated to providing programs and opportunities that promote and celebrate the LGBTQ+ experience. We strive to make our campus an inclusive space for all students.
First-Generation and Low Income Students
Wheaton dedicates staff and resources to support first-gen and low-income students with their individual needs one-on-one. This work is done through collaboration with the Office of Institutional Equity and Belonging.
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Middle East panel engages campus in enlightening discussion
The Middle East panel discussion held on Dec. 5, 2023, provided invaluable insights into the complex dynamics of the Middle East, covering aspects of the…
Through the Student Lens – Determined students work to raise awareness surrounding food and hygiene insecurity on campus
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Wheaton recognized for commitment to first-gen student success
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