Social Justice and Diversity

Social Justice HeartResidence Life has a clear and strong commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. We believe that cross-cultural and intercultural experiences enrich our halls, and are central to the residential experience. We strive to provide our staff and students with quality programming and training designed to help us support a mission of equity and equality for all.

Commitment to Social Justice and Diversity
Residence Life is committed to creating and maintaining safe, inclusive communities that welcome and accept people of all identities. The diverse characteristics and backgrounds of our residents and staff are central to the mission and values of Residence Life, and a commitment to social justice supports our mission of creating caring communities that support learning and academic success. We strive to create an environment that invites the full and equal participation from all who live and work in our communities. We believe that a multicultural, socially just environment is essential to the personal growth of students and staff, and their involvement in our increasingly global world

What's happening in Residence Life Social Justice?

  • Project Pay Attention

Please be sure to check out this video to hear from some of our Resident Assistant’s (RA) about why they value social justice! This video was created by UA film student and former RA and desk assistant, Cylan Shaffer.


A few highlights of how Residence Life works to support social justice in all that we do:

  • Employing a full time, master’s level Coordinator of Social Justice Education
  • Advocates Coming Together (ACT), a group of student social justice advocates who are the Directors of Social Justice for their Hall Councils
  • Social Justice Committee made up of professional and graduate Residential Education staff
  • 15 hour year-long training series for all 45+ Residential Education staff:   
    • 2011-2012 Series was on race and racism
    • 2012-2013 Series was on socio-economic status and classism
    • 2013-2014 Series was on gender, sexism, and patriarchy
    • 2014-2015 Series was on religious oppression
  • Engaging in Multicultural Organization Development as an entire department
  • Offering students the opportunity to explore social justice issues in an intimate themed community setting - Social Justice Wing
  • Offering gender-inclusive housing in select residence halls
  • Offering 3 choices for gender on housing and student staff employment applications - Female, Male, and Transgender
  • Annual programs to raise awareness about diversity and social justice issues such as a Day of Silence Photo Shoot, Diva La Paz, the Finding Community Welcome, Hunger Banquet, the Stomp It Out series, and the World Traditions Fair
  • Sending Residence Life students and staff to social justice professional development opportunities such as the Social Justice Training Institutes, the ACPA Institute on Social Justice, and the UA Equiss Social Justice Retreat and Common Ground Conferences


Coordinator of Social Justice Education
Residence Life Social JusticeOffice Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM MST
Phone: (520) 626-4855
Fax: (520) 626-6348