Welcome to the Doerr Center for Social Justice Education & Research
The Emmet J. and Mary Martha Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research is an independently funded center within the School of Social Work that promotes long range solutions to social problems through education and research.
The Center was established in 1996 through the vision of Father William J. Hutchison, SJ, a former dean of the School of Social Work. It was funded through an endowment by the Doerrs, the family of a 1937 graduate of the School and through contributions by faculty and friends of the School.
The Center's work draws on the social work profession's tradition of addressing structural issues at the root of many of the problems of human, community and international relations. By offering students opportunities to engage the issues at the systemic level, in both academic and practice environments, and by promoting academic research in social work and related disciplines, the Center advances knowledge, critical thinking and open dialogue about our understanding and implementation of social justice in today's world.
We offer opportunities for students and faculty to investigate and address issues of social justice locally, nationally and globally through the following programming:
- Educational forums and events
- Scholarships for international coursework
- Scholarships for social justice oriented practicum experiences at the local, national or international level
- Research assistantships with faculty engaged in social justice research
- Facilitation and funding of social justice related research in collaboration with human service organizations.
In the fifteen years since its inception, the Center has achieved notable accomplishments, which we hope you will explore as you browse through this site. As students, faculty and community leaders have delved into the critical issues of our time, many involved have come to see social justice as an issue of basic human rights. Equality of opportunity, access to adequate food, shelter and healthcare, and many related aspects of the quality of life, which have been addressed through the Center's work, are human rights that must be guaranteed in a just society.