SJI Application


Institute Fellows

Brandon Tigue
Interim Director of Intercultural Affairs

Takeshia Brown
Associate Director for Programs, Intercultural Affairs

Dr. Cyndy Caravelis Hughes
Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Gene Kelly
Associate Dean for Intercultural Development and Director of Gender and Sexuality Programs

Dr. Lane Perry
Director of the Center for Service Learning

John Habel
Associate Professor of Psychology

Jay Manalo
Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services

Veratta Pergram-Floyd
Residential Case Manager


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Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.2276 tel
828.227.7250 fax


Social Justice Institute




The Social Justice Institute is a three or four day intensive diversity leadership experience. The Social Justice Institute provides strong leadership credentials for resume enhancement and sets students apart from others who say they are appreciative of diversity but do not have the experience to show it.

Participants will engage in small group and large group dialogues while learning about leadership, social change, and how inequality, oppression, and privilege work to maintain the status quo.  Participants also interact with community leaders and nonprofit organizations which work to promote equality and leave the institute with a group action plan to bring about change.

As a result of their active engagement and participation in the Institute, students will:

-Understand and be able to explain what racism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism are and how they are maintained by oppression and privilege.
-Understand and be able to explain the interconnectedness of identity and the power/status that comes with their identity groups.
-Understand and be able to explain the  difference between prejudice, discrimination, and oppression as well as the difference between appreciation/celebration of diversity and  social justice.
-Develop action plans for applying the knowledge gained through their participation at their current institution.


This years' Social Justice Institute will take place January 6-10, 2015.


For more information contact Intercultural Affairs at



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