Social Justice Conference


The University Honors Program will host a second annual Social Justice Conference on Saturday 25 October 2014. The theme of the conference this year is Social Justice: the Local and the Global. Sessions will include two speakers who will talk about issues on both the local and the global level. Session topics include: domestic violence and rape, education, poverty, immigration, activism, food security, LGBT issues, environmental justice, healthcare and housing.

This second conference is a chance for you to connect with students groups, advocacy organizations, researchers, academics and activists to explore, identify, validate and articulate your definition of and role in social justice.

The keynote speaker for the 2014 conference is Allyson Gold, JD, the Supervising Attorney for the health Justice Project, a partnership between Loyola Chicago School of Law and the Erie Family Health Center in Chicago. The Health Justice Project is a medical-legal partnership that seeks to overcome the social, legal and systemic barriers that prevent long-term health and stability for low income individuals and families in Chicago. Gold has spent many years advocating for the rights of the homeless and the poor. In recognition of her dedication in serving the poor, Gold has received many awards, including the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty John J. Curtin Justice Fund Award. Gold also teaches Access to Health and a seminar on US Housing Law and Policy at Loyola Chicago School of Law. Gold’s talk titled, “You are Where You Live: The Unjust Relationship Between Housing and Health and What You Can Do About It!” promises to inform, educate and encourage action.

The conference will include practical demonstrations to encourage dialogue and engagement, while challenging you to critically think of your experiences, influence, and commitment to social justice at NIU, the local community and the rest of the world.  We are confident you will benefit from our guest presenters’ expertise, passion, and commitment to social justice!

We look forward to seeing you there!