Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Student Life & Engagement

Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series

Social Justice Dinner Dialogues (SJDDs) engage the community in critical conversations regarding intersections of identity, as well as, local and national social justice issues. Through providing these free dinners, we offer a chance for students to learn about themselves and others, while at the same time learning about resources our institution offers. Below you will find information regarding the fall 2014 series.

Thursday, January 15, 5–7 p.m. IES 123/124 (San Francisco Hall)

Be Brave Enough to Set the World on Fire

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." ~ Jimmy Johnson

What are your radical ideas to change the world? What's stopping you from making those ideas a reality? The world needs you.  Join us for dinner, an inspiring group conversation about people who ARE changing the world, and an opportunity to share your own social change ideas. Facilitated by 2 Loyola MSW students, this interactive presentation will broadly cover major domestic social justice issues and the original and creative ways people have gone about alleviating these huge problems.

This session will be facilitated by Natalie A. Hock & Christine Flynn (Loyola University School of Social Work).

Thursday, February 12, 5–7 p.m. Regis MPR

Understanding White Privilege: A Journey in Solidarity with Other Identities

By hosting a Social Justice Dinner Dialogue, Ramblers Analyzing Whiteness, a progressive cohort of self-identified White students, hopes to create an open space for Loyola students of all racial identities to discuss the interactions of individuals as a part of a particular race. The focus of this dialogue is to encourage and empower students of all racial identities to consider their privileges and how their privileges influence daily life and interactions with others.

This session will be facilitated by Conrad Stasieluk, Angee Serwin & Kelsey McClear.

Thursday, March 12, 5–7 p.m. Regis MPR

The Digital Divide: The demands of human dignity and social justice in a technocentric age

As smart phones, social media and wireless internet access connect us to the digital world, they provide opportunities for greater connection to the rest of humanity and creative ways to advocate for justice. However, for every story hailing Twitter’s role in the Arab Spring, there is another story exposing the anti-social consequences of social media overuse.  Is social media the new face of the advocacy, or is technocentrism destroying our capacity to see human dignity? Come learn about slacktivism, the digital divide, and how you can be more just in your digital—and real—life.

This session will be facilitated by Susan Haarman & Oliver Goodrich.

Thursday, April 9, 5–7 p.m. Regis MPR

Understanding the Autism Spectrum

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. Join SSWD in celebrating this student population. We will be discussing issues that face this growing population, as well as addressing the following: What is Autism; Stereotypes; How we can be advocates for this underrepresented/marginalized population; Hear from students.

This session will be facilitated by Rebecca Ramirez-Malagon, Katie Tappel, & Andrew Hrvol.

If you have any questions or need accommodations please contact Devita Bishundat at dbishundat@luc.edu or 773.508.8858.