So What Is Our Part? Answering the Question of Social Justice

Social Justice Week

When you hear the term “social justice” what comes to your mind? Do you think about the monumental issues around the globe that oppress and destroy society such as poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, unfair labor practices, or the marginalization and systematic abuse of various populations nationally and internationally? Social Justice is more than a catchphrase. It’s more than an outreach or an awareness campaign or even a new movement. The concept of social justice is a foundational principal of the Judeo-Christian faith, and it is the process of creating a cooperative society that offers equal access and equal opportunity to all.

HIU students Jessica Ruf, Beatrice Krause, Meredith Galipault, and Hughie Hughes formed the Social Justice Committee. As Jessica shared, “we didn’t want to create a week of guilt or sensationalism. Furthermore, we didn’t want to create a week of just awareness. Instead, what we wanted to address was the question so many young adults have today. The question of how does one person respond to such overwhelming issues? Throughout the week we will have events that educate about social justice issues interwoven with challenges to respond that are tangible for the average college student.”

Monday, January 31
Social Justice Week at Hope International University kicks off with a special visit from Shane Claiborne, one of the founders of The Simple Way. Shane will be speaking to several classes during the day and giving a presentation in the Hope Auditorium at 7PM (open to the public). Click here to learn more about Shane.

Tuesday, February 1
With an alarming majority of the world’s population being forced to live on $2 per day or less, HIU students will all be able to participate in the “$2-a-Day Experience” taking place in the Dining Commons during lunch from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Later that evening, HIU students are also encouraged to join with Eastside’s Track Ministry in serving homeless people in downtown Fullerton at 7PM.

Wednesday, February 2
At 9PM in the Nu Lounge, HIU will be screening the independent film, "Fields of Mudan," which deals with the subject of human trafficking and sexual slavery. The film was produced by the Florida State Film School and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006.

Thursday, February 3
CJ Casciotta will be our featured Chapel speaker starting at 9:20AM in the Hope Auditorium. CJ is the founder of Sounds Like a Movement, a non-profit based here in Orange County a unique approach to community development in that is focused on the arts.


Social Justice Fair—Following Chapel and up until 2PM at the Student Center, HIU hosts our first Social Justice Fair. A wide array of organizations, non-profits and ministries that do work relating to local and global social justice issues will be on campus and available to answer questions and provide opportunities for involvement.

Blood Drive in the Student Center – Ready to make an immediate difference? Give Blood. For each person that participates, $20 will be donated towards students going on the Life in Abundance mission trip to Africa this summer.

Friday, February 4
Urban Food Outreach—HIU students help to prepare sack lunches and/or help deliver the meals to homeless men, women and children in Santa Ana and Los Angeles.

For more information, please contact Jessica Ruf,

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