IMPACT: Livingston Social Justice and Service Learning Community

Non-Residential Community & Living-Learning Community on Livingston Campus in Quads

The overarching goal of IMPACT is to produce the next generation of social justice advocates, activists, and educators through credit-bearing, co-curricular, and community service programs.  Students’ co-curricular and community service experiences will connect them to university faculty, staff, and community members who apply their knowledge about social justice and social change in diverse settings. Participants will learn practices that lead to social justice in their co-curricular and community service experiences.  From beginning to end, learners will be guided by the traditional Livingston College model of making connections between academic and social experiences.  As a member of this community you will be connected to fellow students who share your social justice interests, build a close community, and forge friendships.

Programming for this community has included the following:

  • Attend the Fall Civic Engagement Fair
  • Advance environmental justice
  • Participate in the Scarlet Day of Service
  • Participate in the Alternative Spring Break trip to Philadelphia in Spring of first-year
  • Social Justice Retreat
  • Serve at a homeless shelter/food pantry
  • Explore inequality of educational opportunities in America
  • Examine food justice and sovereignty

Open to first-year and incoming transfer students affiliated with SAS, SEBS and RBS

Participation Requirements
Students will participate in:

  • Events sponsored by the learning community or by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities
  • Fall:     Intro to Social Justice + Expository Writing or Basic Composition (based on placement)
  • Spring:  Practicing Social Justice (3 credits) + Alternative Spring Break (1.5 credits)

Early Move-In and Special Orientation
Students enrolled in the program will get the added advantage/benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program on Friday August 28, 2015.  This will provide first-years the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance.

Important Dates: 

  • Early Move in and learning community orientation Friday August 28, 2015
  • Fall 2015 Social Justice Retreat held on Sunday September 13, 2015 from 12:00 - 4:30pm

Application Process-- Application is available here and the deadline is July 16, 2015  at midnight.
There is a two-part process in order to apply for this community:

1. You must complete the Incoming First-Year Student
2. If you are selecting the residential option you MUST register the Livingston Social Justice Learning Community as your first choice on the online housing application on the Enrollment Pathway.

For more information, please contact:

Ghada Endick
Director, Learning Communities
E-mail: rulc@echo.rutgers.edu

Zaneta Rago
Director, Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities
E-mail: sje@echo.rutgers.edu