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Why Social Justice?

A catalyst for social change.

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world."
– Eleanor Roosevelt

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, the University’s dedication to “the enlightenment of the human spirit” shines brightest in our unique commitment to social justice. Since 1945, we have been nationally recognized for offering a transformative education that empowers qualified students to consider their greater place within a global society.

Our view of social justice is based in a belief that fairness, honesty, integrity and impartiality should resonate throughout every institution within a civil society. Over the years, Roosevelt University has fortified this singular dedication to civic and social responsibility, human rights, community partnerships, and public outreach – the kind of learning that transcends the classroom. By reinforcing the importance of social consciousness to our students and greater community, the University plays a significant role in shaping the world’s next generation of progressive, ethical leaders.

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

After more than six decades of promoting transformative learning to our students, urging them to consider their greater impact, Roosevelt’s dedication to social justice remains fresh, ever motivated and inspired by today’s changing global landscape. Several programs and institutes, like the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation Studies and the Center for New Deal Studies, have been developed specifically for the integration, preservation and communication of this founding principle.