Social Justice Symposium

Social Justice Symposium 2023

The Office of Student Inclusion & Diversity and the Social Justice Symposium Committee at UNC Pembroke recently announced events for the Social Justice Week, to be held in hybrid form April 3-5, 2023.

First held in 2008, the Social Justice Symposium provides a space for students, faculty, staff, alumni, scholars and the community to advance equity, inclusion and social justice. The symposium also works to increase awareness, share ideas and experiences, foster dialogue, highlight research and resources, build networks and empower participants by providing strategies and techniques for taking action against injustice.

The 2023 Social Justice Symposium, held on April 3, will feature a keynote speaker and breakout sessions and focus on creating social justice protectors who will champion and advocate for change in their community.


  • Admission is free but registration is required to attend the symposium.
  • Registrants will receive information on how to attend the symposium, virtually and in-person.
  • Register for the symposium



Sessions during the symposium include:

9-9:50 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • MMIW: Keep the Fire Going, Virginia Locklear
  • Fandom as a Driving Force for Civic Leadership, Sam Hauser

10-10:50 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • Identifying Perceived Body Image and Self Esteem Trends in College Gym-Goers, Tiffany Smaw
  • How Human Trafficking Affects Us All, Dr. Judi Paparozzi

11-11:50 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • Humming Bird Whispers, Rocky Locklear & Raisa Jones
  • Let's Talk Reproductive Health Care, Jordin Dickerson & Tara Romano

12-12:50 p.m.: Keynote Address

  • Dr. Jay Augustine

1-1:50 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • Wrongful Convictions in the Criminal Legal System, The Innocence Project
  • Research 101: Research in the Field of Sociology, Jordan Lock

2-2:50 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • What's Hooking Up Got to Do With it: The Social Constructionism of Sexual Violence , Gender Roles & Victim Blaming throughout College Campus, Jasmine McCrae
  • Transgender Rights & Justice, Austin Johnson, Baker Rogers, Whitney P. Akers, & Victoria Kurdyla

3-3:50 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • Truthful, Liberating Conversations, Beloved Community Center
  • Social Justice Under Threat, Dr. Matthew Schneider & Leslie Norman
  • Blackface in the Age of Social Media: Does it Matter if it's Digital?, Dr. Abby Reiter


If you need an accommodation to access the program and/or program materials, please contact Lisa Gonzalez-Bullard at 910.521.6508 no later than five business days prior to the program.  However, a good faith effort will be made for any request made less than five days in advance.

The Social Justice Symposium is sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity and the Social Justice Symposium Committee.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity at or 910.521.6508.