Social Justice Week Celebrates Civic Engagement
Monday Mar. 22 2021

Social Justice Week Celebrates Civic Engagement

The Social Justice Institute (SJI) at Philander Smith College will present Social Justice Week, March 22-26. A presentation before the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus, centered on the goals of the institute, will kick-off the week at the State Capitol on Monday, March 22 at 11 a.m. Social Justice Undergraduate Fellows, who are engaged in a year-long experience involving discourse, research, writing and activities of social justice, will be introduced.

Some issues to be highlighted across the week include fair housing policy, COVID-19 vaccine in the Black community and effective community organizing. Training and equipping leaders, sponsoring meaningful conversations, and elevating the visibility of social justice issues and values in the surrounding community and region are strategies used by the SJI.

“Through our Social Justice Week, we are excited to highlight the important roles civic engagement and public policy can play in fighting for racial equity issues,” said, Christopher L. Harvey, M.P.S.

Harvey is the Interim Associate Director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College and most recently served as a policy advisor to Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Monday, March 22 – 11 AM

Presentation to the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus

Wednesday, March 24 – 6 PM

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Policy Virtual Presentation by Arkansas Legal Aid Fair Housing Project Director Jason Auer

Thursday, March 25 – 7 PM

Unmasking the Truth about the COVID-19 Vaccine in the Black Community Virtual Panel In partnership with the Arkansas Medical, Dental & Pharmaceutical Association and the Derek Lewis Foundation

Friday, March 26 – 3 PM

Effective Organizing During A Pandemic Virtual Training by Community Change Regional Organizer Brittany Gray

For more information, please call 501-975-8543 or visit