Social Responsibility is Wheaton shorthand for civic engagement, specifically informed political activism.

But what does that mean?

The Center for Social Justice and Community Impact 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? In the past, the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact has 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.

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.

“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