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About the Center

The Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice (ADCSSJ) aims to provide a focal point for students, scholars, community leaders, and public intellectuals involved in social justice issues in the state of New Jersey and beyond. The ADCSSJ will seek to be the voice and nerve center of TCNJ’s core beliefs and public mission that “regards education in the service of human welfare as its chief end.”

The Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice strives to:

Serve as a gathering place for scholars, students, staff and other communities served by TCNJ to discuss, debate, research, and teach questions of social justice across disciplines and professions.
Assist the College in fulfilling its social responsibilities by engaging faculty, students and staff in community-engaged learning, community activism, and community outreach.
Develop programs and initiatives that encourage and permit collaboration and dialogue between administration, staff, students, and faculty aimed at fully and effectively advancing social awareness and promoting the common good.

The ADCSSJ’s activities are steered by a committee consisting of faculty, students, and staff of the College of New Jersey. The current members of the steering committee are:

Jonathan Davis, Professor of Education

Christopher Fisher, Associate Professor of History

Janet Gray, Professor Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Rebecca Li, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Robert McGreevey, Professor of History

Kevin Michels, Professor of Marketing and Interdisciplinary Studies

Janet Morrison, Professor of Biology

Matthew Richman, Alumni Representative

Susan Ryan, Professor of Communication Studies

Miriam Shakow, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

History of the ADCSSJ