Apply now to join the John Lewis Institute Scholars
When the Central Connecticut State University launched the new John Lewis Institute for Social Justice in late February, it marked an important milestone in its history. Beyond the unique leadership training the Institute will offer to students, the University created this dynamic program in response to an outpouring of interest from students who want to learn more about social justice work.
Now it’s time to make history once again as we convene the Institute’s first cohort of scholars. The University encourages all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who wish to study social justice practices in a deeper context to apply for a seat in the Institute.
Please click here to learn more about the program expectations, required application materials, and other details. Applications are due by Sunday, April 18, at 11:59 p.m.
Central Connecticut State University launched the John Lewis Institute for Social Justice on Feb. 25, 2021, to empower a new generation to build a better and more just world through coursework, seminars, and practical experience.
Several state and local dignitaries joined the University’s virtual kickoff event to offer congratulations and strong support for the Institute and its mission, including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy; U.S. Representative John Larson; Governor Ned Lamont; New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, and Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Interim President Jane Gates.
In her opening remarks, CCSU President Zulma R. Toro reiterated the necessity of Rep. Lewis’s trademark call to action.
"This is our time to cause some good trouble – necessary trouble – to inspire and prepare a new generation of leaders who will advance the cause of social justice,” she said. “It is in that spirit that Central Connecticut State University is establishing the John Lewis Institute for Social Justice."
Dr. Stacey Miller, CCSU’s inaugural vice president for Equity and Inclusion, and Scott Pioli ’88, NFL executive & JLI founding donor, will lead the Institute as co-chairs of its advisory board.
The John Lewis Institute for Social Justice seeks to empower a new generation of leaders to follow his call to build a better and more just world, one that is marked by hope and focused on liberation. In doing so, we find hope and strength in his effort, voiced in the language of justice and lived in a life of service. Our collective work is designed to create intellectual and civic spaces to allow for a deeper understanding of the roots of injustice, while also fostering and nurturing efforts to eliminate it. We aim to do this by helping participants develop as social justice leaders and advocates and helping them explore opportunities in public service. We encompass the issues of all people and seek to work for the oneness of humanity. We take as our mandate Rep. Lewis's observation and challenge that "ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America."
Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America.
Working with cohorts of student Social Justice Scholars, the Institute’s goals include developing their leadership and advocacy skills, while helping them to explore public service careers.
The wider goal of the Institute is to engage with the campus and the local community around Social Justice issues.