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Every year, UW Oshkosh’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Access and partners across the campus and throughout the community come together to participate in Social Justice Week.

With the help of the Social Justice Minor program, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Access coordinates, and plans Social Justice Week  which takes place on campus every April. The week-long series features nationally-renown guest speakers, forums, interactive discussion and other events. The week helps all take the next steps forward in a spirit of diversity and inclusion on the campus and in our communities.

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Social Justice Week 2019

Theme: Yest to be Determined







Event Archives

Social Justice & Earth Week 2018

For 2018 only, Social Justice Week has combined with Earth Week.

Theme: A Dialogue in Sustainability

Monday, April 16, 2018  – Friday April 20, 2018 

Monday, April 16

8:00 – 9:00 am –“Objectification of Women in Global Media” Sage 3221

9:10 – 10:10 am – “Geothermal Energy Around the World” Sage 3221

10:20-11:20 am –  “Mental Health Across the Globe” Sage 3234

11:30am -12:30 pm –  “Family Planning: A New Direction Towards Global Health” Sage 3235

12:40-1:40 pm – “Sex Trafficking in Thailand” Sage 3235

1:50-2:50 pm – “Refugees: The Journey to Asylum” Sage 3221

3:30-4:30 pm – “Code Clear: A Global Water Crisis We Need to Pay Attention To” Sage 3234

4:00-5:00 pm –  Masculinity Monday: Environmentalism” Women’s Center

7:00-8:15 pm – KEYNOTE  “Earth Democracy”
Keynote Speaker Vandana Shiva describes Earth Democracy, a paradigm and process that creates living economies, democracies, and cultures to end violence against the Earth and its inhabitants. Reeve Union Ballroom, free and open to the public. “Who Really Feeds the World?” (2016) will be available for sale with book signing to follow. Sponsored by the University Speaker Series.

Tuesday, April 17

8:00 -9:00 am –“Military Services: A Comparison Between the U.S., Greece, & the United Kingdom” Sage 4234

9:10-10:10 am – “Sexual Violence: A Global Issue” Swart 240

10:20-11:20 am – “Paid Family Leaving: How European Countries are Empowering New Parents & Families”  Sage 2234

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – “Incarceration Rates Across the Globe” Sage 4224

1:50 pm -2:50 pm – “Healthcare in North America” Sage 4224

5:00 pm –  Negotiating refuge: Africa’s urban refugees & protracted refugee situations”  Sage 4408

6:00 p.m. Awaken Your Mind: Water, Truth & Justice
A showing of the film “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock” with discussion to follow by Dr. Heidi Nicholls, UWO Anthropology Department. Sage 1214, free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by SIRT, Inter-Tribal Student Organization and American Indian Student Services.

Wednesday, April 18

8:00-9:00 am –  “Domestic Violence: A Global Public Health Issue” Sage 2224

9:10-10:10 am – “Islam and Terrorism”  Sage 3221

11:30am -12:30pm – “Fleeing Genocide: The Lost Boys of  Sudan” Sage 1232

1:50-2:50 pm –  “Reparations for All” Sage 1232

3:30-4:30 pm – “Global Practices of Sustainability in Death” Sage 1232

4:00 – 5:00 pm – LGBTQ Women of Color- “Intersections of Race, Gender Expression, & Sexual Orientation” Women’s Center

5:00-6:00 pm – “Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene” Women’s Center

7:00 p.m.  Unveiled, by Rohina Malik
“Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show.” Reeve Union Ballroom, free and open to the public. Sponsored by Reeve Union, Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence, Office of Equal Opportunity Access, Social Justice Club, University Speaker Series, Reeve Union Board, and the IDEA Committee.

Thursday, April 19

8:00 am – “A Global Comparison of Methods of Reducing Infant Mortality” Sage 3232

10:00 am – 3:00 pm –  Bike Fair  Reeve Union Mall (near concourse entrance)

10:20-11:20am – “Global Issues on the Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs” Sage 2234

11:30-12:30 pm – “The Worst of Human Trafficking”  Clow 233

4:00-5:00 pm  – “The Death Penalty” Clow 233  

4:00-5:00 pm – “Implementing Baby Boxes at Safe Haven Locations in Wisconsin” AC N211  

7:00 pm : “Where Honeybees Thrive: Making a Better World for Bees and Humans.”  An evening with author Heather Swan and Nicaragua Bee Project founders Martin Havlovic and Michael Bauer. Swan’s book “Where Honeybees Thrive” and materials from the Nicaragua Bee Project, and honey will be for sale. Halsey 107, free and open to the public. Sponsored by SIRT, Environmental Studies, Honors College, and the Global Scholar Student Club.

Friday, April 20

10:20 am – “Wisconsin’s Changing Weather and What You Can Do About It”– Dr. Dan Dietrich   Sage 1214

12:40-1:40 pm – “The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Global Issue” Clow 024

1:50-2:50 pm – “Day Zero: The Global Water Crisis” Clow L102



Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – “E-waste Recycling” (No TVs)  Blackhawk Parking Lot (Lot #15)

Recycle your household and personal electronic waste on campus!

Accepted Items

  • Cell Phones, Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers, Cords, CRTs/Computer Monitors, CPUs/Computer Towers, Laptops, Tablets, Printers, Computer Parts & Accessories (e.g., hard drives), DVDs/VCRs, Fax Machines, Corded Phones, Computer Speakers, Digital Clocks, Digital Cameras, Digital Watches, Boombox Stereos

Items Not Accepted

  • TVs, Light Bulbs, Alkaline and other Disposable Batteries, Dehumidifiers, Household Appliances
Social Justice Week 2017

Theme: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

Monday, April 10, 2017

  • 9:10am – 10:10am – “Immigration and Social Justice Panel Presentation” (Reeve 306)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – “A Closer Look at Locking Up: Incarceration Strategies Around the World” (Reeve 306)
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – “Social Justice, Nationalism, & Genocide in Postcolonial Africa:  The Case of British Southern Cameroons”  (Reeve 306)
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm –  “Environment in Motion”  (Reeve 306)
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm – “In Organic We Trust”  (Sage 1232)
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm – “Global Access to Mental Health”  (Reeve 306)
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Tim Wise Keynote – Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges (Alumni Center Ballroom)
  • 7:00pm – 7:30pm – Book Signing with Tim Wise (Alumni Center Ballroom)

 Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • 8:00am – 9:00am – “Modern Day Child Slavery”    (Reeve 306)
  • 9:40am – 10:40am – “Alternative Energy-Discrimination Intertwined Within the Nuclear Fuel Cycle” (Reeve 306)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – “White Privilege 101” (Reeve 306)
  • 1:50pm – 2:50pm – “Not In My Backyard: Sex Trafficking in America” (Reeve 307)
  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm – “Social Justice Issues in Wisconsin: A Time of Unpredictability” (Sage 3234)
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Creating Connections- (Reeve Ballroom)
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm – “Love is Greater than Hate”  (Reeve Theatre 307)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • 1:00pm – 12:00pm – Social Justice Minor Program  (Reeve Ballroom C)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – “No Justice in Cameroon”  (Reeve Ballroom C)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm – “Level Up! For Social Justice” (Reeve 307)
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – “Do We Have the Right to Death?: A Global Perspective” (Reeve Ballroom C)
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm – “Dime Rap, Rhyme Rap, & Mind Rap: A Deconstructed Look at Rap Music in the U.S.”(Reeve 307)
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Lori Pompa, Founder and Executive Director of Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and Tyrone Werts, National Think Tank Coordinator (Reeve Ballroom)
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Solitary Confinement Panel Discussion  (Reeve Ballroom)
  • 6:30pm – 8:30 pmThe 13th (Sage 1210)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • 8:00am – 9:00am – “How the U.S Criminal Justice System Compares  on a Global Scale” (Reeve 307)
  • 9:40am – 10:40am – “Girls Education Around the World” (Reeve 307)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – “Part of the Solution: Engaging Men in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention”(Reeve 307)
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm – “Support for Student Veterans Workshop” (Reeve 306)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm – “Access to Health Care on a Global Scale” (Reeve 307)
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – “End AIDS, Live Life: Health Advocacy in New York Alternative Spring Break” (Reeve 307)
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm – “Major Issues in Law Enforcement in the U.S. and Globally” (Reeve 306)
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm “Incarcerated Children Around the World: A Global Look at  Juvenile Justice” (Reeve 307).
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm – LGBTQ Ally March (Reeve Ballroom)

Friday, April 14, 2017

  • 8:00am – 9:00am – “Global Refugee and Immigration Crisis:  The Journey to Call Somewhere Home” (Sage 2232)
  • 9:00am – 10:00am – “Hushed Victims: The Impact of Marital Rape”  (Sage 2212)
  • 10:00am – 11:00am – “Discourse Across Difference: The Skills Necessary for Civic Engagement” (Sage 2212)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – “Social Justice: The Supplement School Psychology Needs” (Sage 2212)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – “Minors and Married: A Closer Look at Child Brides in Southeast Asia” (Sage 2232)
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Building International Bridges Here in Oshkosh (Sage 2232)
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – “Mass Incarceration: Alternative Perspectives” (Sage 2232)
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm – “Elder Care Around the Globe”  (Sage 2232)
Social Justice Week 2016

Theme: Working Together for Social Change

Monday, April 11, 2016  All presentations in Reeve  221 (unless otherwise noted)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM – “Addressing Homelessness Around the World: A Study of Effective Methods”
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM –“Planned Parenthood Around the World”
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM – “Religion: A Force for Justice”
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM – “Marital Rape: Rape Within Marriages Around the World”
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM – “Health Equity:  Working with Communities to Change the Odds”
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM – “HIV/AIDS Awareness through Alternative Spring Break”
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM– Artist and activist, Faviana Rodriguez (Reeve Ballroom)

Tuesday, April 12 All presentations in Reeve 221 (unless otherwise noted)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM – “Indigenous Societies and New Worlds Collide: The History of Genocides”
  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM – “Honor Killings”
  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM – “Babies as a Business: An International Lens on Women’s Motherhood Rights and Treatment of Surrogate Mothers”
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM – “Last Wishes: Physician Assisted Suicide Across Borders”
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM – “Color-Brave Workshop: White Engagement in the Racial Justice Movement”
  • 4:00 – 5:00PM  – UW Oshkosh Green Fund
  • 6:00 PM – Sybrina Fulton –  “Transforming Tragedy into Social Change”   (Alumni Conference Center)

Wednesday, April 13 All presentations in Reeve 201 (unless otherwise noted)

  • 9:00-10:00 AM– “Defining Gender Equality: Empowerment Around the World”
  • 10:30-11:30 AM – “From Cradle to Conflict: Child Soldiers, A Global Issue”
  • 12:00-1:00 PM – “Stereotypes of Women in Prison on a Global Scale”
  • 1:30-2:30 PM – “Global Climate Change: Victims, Blame, and Everything in Between”
  • 3:00-4:00 PM – “Poverty and Development: Here and There”
  • 4:00-5:00 PM – “Oshkosh Food Co-op: Building Community and  Working Towards Food Justice”
  • 6:00-7:30PM – Native American activist and photographer, Matika Wilbur (Reeve Theater)
  • 7:00-8:30PM – Jackie Cruz, from Orange is the New Black, “Cruzing through Adversity”  (Reeve Ballroom)

Thursday, April 14 All presentations in Reeve 201 (unless otherwise noted)

  • 8:30-9:30 AM – “Breaking the Cycle:  An Analysis of Poverty in South Asia”
  • 10:00-11:00 AM – “Social Justice Around the World: The Developing World’s Perspective”
  • 11:30AM -12:30 PM – “Restoring Our  Communities: Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin”
  • 1:00-2:00PM – Social Justice Minor Program
  • 2:30-3:30 PM – Social Justice Club Presentation
  • 4:00-5:00 PM – “Maternal and Paternal Benefits During and After Childbirth On a Global Scale”
  • 5:00 PM –  LGBTQ Resource Center- Ally March (Reeve Ballroom)

Friday, April 15 All presentations in Reeve 201 (unless otherwise noted)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM – “Fair Housing Northeast Wisconsin”
  • 10:30 – 11:30AM – “Differing Treatment of Individuals with Autism vs. Neurotypicals Around the World”
  • 12:30 – 2:00 PM – “Micro-aggressions and Their Influence on the Climate at UW Oshkosh”
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM – “Human Trophies: Sex Trafficking and a Call to Action”
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM – “Refugees and the U.S.”
Keynote 2016 - Sabrina Fulton Poster

Social Justice Week 2015
Theme: Local & Global Activism

View the 2015 Calendar or Events — PDF

Keynote Speaker: Eboo Patel, Founder of Interfaith Youth Core

Eboo Patel has created a nationwide movement around interfaith dialogue and cooperation. He is an inspirational speaker and writer whose work on religious pluralism in America has captured national attention. Eboo’s core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground. Some people ask if Eboo ever stops talking about interfaith. If it’s any indication, his five-year-old son can define interfaith cooperation. More about what Patel’s vision for change is available here:

Event Title: Building Bridges of Interfaith Collaboration

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Location: Albee Hall at UW Oshkosh

Social Justice Week 2014
Theme: Raising Consciousness: Building Community

View the 2014 Calendar or Events — PDF

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bryant T. Marks

Dr. Bryant T. Marks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College and Director of the Morehouse Male Initiative, whose mission is to identify factors that foster the affirmative personal and academic development of Black males.  He holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Social Justice Week 2013

View the 2013 Calendar or Events — PDF

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson – who is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner – is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. The Philadelphia Weekly contends that Dr. Dyson “is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.”

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