What is SJP?

The Social Justice Activist Program (SJP) is a program designed to create a network of students/faculty/ and staff who acknowledge and know how to combat bias and who want to become activist within their community. SJP program is divided into three sections, each session lasting approximately six weeks.  Participants will engage in intentional conversations and workshops about their own identity and that of their peers and colleagues.

Program Components 

This comprehensive program will be delivered in three distinct stages- Ally, Advocate, and Activist. Each stage will consist of 8-9 hours of training over six consecutive weekly sessions. In addition participants must attend two option beyond the classroom experience options.

Why enroll in the Social Justice Advocate & Activist Program? 

The purpose of the Social Justice Activist Program (SJP) is to bring students to a space where they feel comfortable learning about issues of social justice in an engaging and collaborative manner. To fully engage and complete the full aspect of this new certificate program, students will enroll and finish all three levels of the program, beginning with the “Ally Level” moving to the “Advocate Level” and finally transitioning to the “Activist Level”.

Workshop Topics 

Each level of the SJP has different topics to be covered in the curriculum. Below are some examples pulled from the curriculum to give you an idea of the breadth of topics to be covered.

1.Ally Level (Level One)

  •  Identity
  •  Privilege
  •  The problem with helping and social justice philosophy
  •  Combating Bias

2. Advocate Section (Level Two, upon completion of Level One)

  • A Community of Respect
  • Community Building
  • Working in Solidarity with Communities
  • Keeping Current with Trends in Social Justice

3. Activist Section (Level Three, upon completion of Level Two)

  • History & Contemporary Visions of Campus & Youth Activism
  • Philosophy & Ethics of Activism
  • State House Tour
  • Service Trip

Beyond the Classroom Options

Beyond the sessions within each section, students are expected to participate in two of the beyond the classroom options. Some of the options are found below, however, additional options may become available.

Additional options may be available.

Program Expectations

As scholars at the University of South Carolina it is expected that students treat involvement with this program seriously. That means once enrolling and accepting a seat in a section of SJP, it is expected that you complete the level that you are enrolled within. This is an attempt to ensure that all those involved with the program are respectful of the place they have within this program, as well as to ensure all who want to be engaged with SJP have the ability to do so.


Applicants are asked to choose either the Tuesday/Thursday session (1-2 p.m.) or the Monday/Wednesday session (1-2 p.m.) The program is six consecutive weeks beginning the week of September 14. Graduation for this program will take place at the end of the semester.


This program is free of charge and open to all students at the University of South Carolina. Applications are now being accepted and may be found here: