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College of Social Work to Host Social Justice Week

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2017) The University of Kentucky College of Social Work received an Inclusive Excellence Program Award to host a Social Justice Week for campus. The week includes programming, a day of service and an Unsung Hero award to recognize Kentuckians who devote their time and energy to the pursuit of social justice in the Commonwealth.

The week’s events include:

  • Unlearn Fear and Hate campaign and campus chalking, co-hosted with the Muslim Student Association, 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Rose Street Walkway.
  • "Reel Justice: Stick Up Kid," a documentary and discussion hosted by Frank X Walker on 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Room 118 of the White Hall Classroom Building.
  • Day of Service. on Wednesday, April 12. Sign up here:
  • Postcard Writing Campaign, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, outside White Hall Classroom Building.
  • "The Urgency of Now: A Time for Social Justice" with Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance with the Southern Poverty Law Center, 11-11:50 a.m. Friday, April 14, in William T. Young Library's UK Athletics Auditorium.
  • Unsung Heroes lunch and recognition on Friday, April 14.

“Social Justice Week is unique because it truly embodies the mission of UK and its land grant intention,” said Kalea Benner, director of undergraduate studies at the UK College of Social Work. “We hope Social Justice Week will bring awareness and recognition to campus as we want to make sure that students know some of the good works being done across the Commonwealth, and to know that we all have a part to play in bringing true inclusivity to our university, our community and our nation.”

All information can be found on our college’s site: The volunteer sign-up is:  

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