Social Justice & Inclusion

University of Arizona Residence Life is committed to social justice and creating safe and inclusive environments in our halls. And, we’re pretty good at it. In fact, we’ve won 14 UA, regional, and national awards in just the past five years for the work we do. Our full-time Assistant Director for Social Justice Education works with Residence Life staff and students on a number of events and programs to help us achieve our goals.

Highlights Include:

Social Justice Advocates (SJA)

Social Justice Advocates (SJA) are responsible for instituting monthly programmatic efforts within the residence halls that focus specifically on social justice issues – including the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity. SJA’s hold Social Justice (SJ) Modules once a month for the resident assistants and host dialogues twice a semester within the community to maintain an understanding of the residents’ comfortability while in the halls.

Advocates Coming Together (ACT)

This group is for students passionate about social justice and making change.  ACT’s mission is to: educate students on issues of equity and equality, to have pride in the University of Arizona’s diversity, and to take action to make UA a more inclusive place.  Talk to your RA or Community Director during move-in to learn more and join this exciting organization.

Diva la Paz

Diva la Paz is an annual female illusionist (Drag) show hosted by the Colonia de La Paz staff and hall council. It draws more than 400 students every year and seeks to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community. The event also incorporates a Pride Room, which highlights definitions, timelines, and other important information surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.

Finding Community Welcome

This large event takes place during welcome week. Highlighting different cultural offices and resources available on campus, the FCW will introduce you to different communities and how to get involved in them.  Plus, there is always free food, speakers, student performances, a student club fair, and a raffle!  

Hunger Banquet

For over 20 years UA Residence Life has hosted a Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity. Participants are encouraged to fast for 30 hours before the event, which is the average amount of time someone in the UA who is food insecure goes between meals. The fast is broken at the event, where you will learn more about different causes of hunger and how to help combat the problem.  

Open Housing

Residence Life is committed to providing inclusive housing. Open Housing creates a comfortable living environment for transgender and gender non-conforming residents as well as any student who wants to live with someone of a different gender. We also offer some all-gender bathrooms in select halls. See hall page descriptions for details.

Social Justice Wing

If you are looking for an LGBTQ friendly roommate or gender inclusive housing, check out the Social Justice Wing in Pima Hall. 

Stomp It Out!

This series brings people together to explore the impact words can have, the power we give them, and how all UA Wildcats can use language that is respectful and welcoming of all identities. Past topics have included discussions on body image, disability, economic class, LGBTQ identities, mental illness, race and ethnicity, sexism and race culture, and immigration.  

World Traditions Fair

This annual multicultural event is hosted by the Kaibab-Huachuca staff and hall council. Learn from other students or share your culture and heritage with others through dance, food, music, art, presentations, and more.  

Sherard Robbins

Assistant Director - Social Justice
Lolo Fisher

Lorene Fisher

Graduate Assistant for Social Justice Education