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The Social Justice Review

Project Overview

An international journal dedicated to the publication of academic and creative undergraduate work pertaining to social justice themes.

Identifying the Problem

Undergraduate students have generally been restricted to exploring social justice issues either academically or artistically. There have been few – if any – spaces that encouraged an academic/creative blend of social justice interpretation, not to mention the limited opportunities for students around the world to interact with one another through social justice discourse. Mushfiqur wanted to create a forum that would combine the two worlds of academia and art, and open that forum to undergraduate students around the world who are passionate about social justice. He wanted this forum to serve as an opportunity for a multifaceted and international approach to advancing social justice.

Creating A Solution

Mushfiqur teamed up with two fellow undergraduate students at the University of Southern California – Matthew Prusak and Orli Robin – to create The Social Justice Review, a journal that serves as a global forum for social justice. The publication provides a unified space for undergraduate students to interact on issues of social justice through written and visual works, including academic essays, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, memoir, hybrid prose and original artwork. By assigning equal value to academic research and creative storytelling, the journal opens up the possibility for collaboration and interaction between all types of students around the world.

The Social Justice Review is available online as a free publication. The project has expanded to include “Social Justice Voices,” an online platform that solicits creative submissions in a variety of mediums, including artwork, photography, short film, recorded spoken word and performed music.

Lessons Learned

In addition to getting the project off the ground, a challenging aspect of this project has been sustaining the journal by trying to ensure it receives enough submissions. It is always difficult to get the word out about a new publication, and it is especially difficult to solicit submissions from writers and artists who are as busy as undergraduate students. Mushfiqur learned that while the publication needed to adhere to its deadlines,  it was important to be flexible and understanding of the schedules of the students contributing to the journal.

Funding

The Social Justice Review is generously supported by the University of Southern California Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.

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