Social Justice

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From the beginning, our commitment to social responsibility has been a large part of our College history.  Grinnell was a center for abolitionist activity before and during the Civil War. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Grinnell alumni to positions in his "New Deal"...

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Marsha Ternus, attorney, former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, who taught a class on restorative justice at Grinnell College: “I think any time you are talking about public policy, it’s good to have all the players on board, because then you have a consistent approach...

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A Tradition of Leadership Throughout its history, Grinnell has emphasized the importance of human rights and social progress, and encouraged the discussion of the public policies affecting both. Grinnell was a center of abolitionist activity in the 1850s and one of the first...
Grinnell College Alternative Break (GCAB) is a student-run organization that offers students the opportunity to travel as members of a fun, safe, and intentional service community during their Fall and Spring breaks. By living and working in the communities they serve, students...
Sept. 2, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmSept. 9, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmSept. 16, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmSept. 23, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmSept. 30, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmOct. 7, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmOct. 14, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmOct. 21, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pmOct. 27, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:...
Whether you are a student looking to connect to the community in a meaningful way, a faculty member wanting to add a service component to one of your courses, or staff member interested in a new project, the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program can assist you in...
Video of Prison Program Panel--November 2012 Your gifts make our work possible. The Liberal Arts in Prison Program is funded almost entirely by private donations and grants. Your gift provides liberal arts education to incarcerated students and fosters Grinnell's commitment to...
On the Prize Background History of the Grinnell Prize The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their...
We email the Liberal Arts in Prison newsletter twice a year to keep you up to date on what we're doing. Subscriptions Sign up for our newsletter to receive biannual updates on our program. Liberal Arts in Prison Newsletter Archive 04/16/2013 - Spring 2013 Newsletter 08/13/2012...
Donate Your gifts make our work possible. The Liberal Arts in Prison Program is funded almost entirely by private donations and grants. Your gift provides liberal arts education to incarcerated students and fosters Grinnell's commitment to social justice. All donations are tax-...
A strong commitment to social justice and inclusivity dates to the founding of the College in 1846 by transplanted New Englanders with strong abolitionist and social-reformer backgrounds. Early in the College’s history, the town of Grinnell was an important stop on the...
2014 Grinnell Prize Winners Lindsay Stradley and Ani Vallabhaneni, co-founders of Sanergy Video of 2014 Grinnell Prize: Lindsay Stradley and Ani Vallabhaneni, SanergyAni Vallabhaneni and Lindsay Stradley, husband and wife, founded Sanergy in 2010 and launched operations in...

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Lecture: 7:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 18, Rosenfield Center Room 101Roundtable: 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 19, Burling Library Lounge In conjunction with the lecture series (Re) Considering the Commons, sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College Libraries will host an...
Issue: Spring 2011 Author: Liting Cong '11 Social responsibility is one of the College’s core values. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff are involved in dozens of community service programs. Here are 10 that hint at the variety of opportunities available. Liberal Arts in...
Keeping track of nearly twenty local environmental groups can be difficult for the sustainability-minded student. The student-led A More Sustainable Grinnell conference is designed to help. The conference will provide information about the environmental history of the College,...
Cy Mistry ’11 has learned much about political science in the classrooms of Grinnell College. His interest has carried him far from Iowa to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he recently had the opportunity to dive into the real world of international politics at the 55th General Assembly of...
As a third-year student, I sincerely believe that Grinnell College is a place where the spirit of the liberal arts goes deep. During school days, as well as the summer breaks, Grinnell provides fascinating opportunities for adventures and explorations. From serious academic...
Author and human rights activist Richard E. Lapchick — often described as the "racial conscience of sport" — will discuss “Addressing Socioeconomic Diversity: The Power of Sport to Heal” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Harris Center Cinema. Lapchick is a pioneer for racial...
Here we have another late report. Apparently Africa is still in my blood and I am still doing things slowly. I am back in the States. So is my luggage. So is Lauren. The latter two almost didn't make it. Just as my luggage was lost when I arrived in Lesotho last January, it was...
Issue:  Spring 2009 When my fellow Alt Breakers and I started to give each other nicknames, I knew all barriers between us had vanished. It surprised me — after less than a week together on our spring break service trip, our group skipped the polite acquaintance period that...
Alumni of Grinnell’s First Year of College Program understand the true value of a liberal arts education. The incarcerated students in the prison-based program face strong competition. If accepted, they take rigorous courses taught by Grinnell faculty members. The accredited...
Grinnell, Iowa – Sister Helen Prejean—the Roman Catholic nun whose efforts to abolish the death penalty inspired the Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking—will present the keynote speech at the Grinnell Prize awards ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 4:15 p.m. in Herrick Chapel at...
Step into the Rosenfield Lobby on Dec. 6, and you’ll find a special kind of book sale. Video of Child Slavery Survivors Connect with Grinnellians The 2012 Book Sale During her fellowship with 2011 Grinnell Prize winner James Kofi Annan’s organization, Challenging Heights,...
Carissa Shoemaker ’14 and Stephanie Porter ’14 organized "A More Sustainable Grinnell" this December. It's aim, they said, was to bring “order, cooperation, and cohesion to the environmental groups on campus” through a discussion of current sustainability practices on campus, as...
The “open exchange of ideas” described in Grinnell’s mission statement does not end at the edge of campus. Susan Sanning, director of service learning and civic engagement, facilitated a curricular service learning collaboration — a workshop for medical students at Des Moines...
If I haven't been awakened by the roosters already, my alarm gets me up about 6:30. I used to get up closer to 6:00 and go jogging with Ali twice a week, but I've gotten lazy and its getting to cold for me to jog. If it was sunny the day before, there's the chance of warm water...
>> PRESIDENT KINGTON: Good Evening. As President of Grinnell College I am pleased to welcome you to the presentation of the 2012 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize Winners. The Grinnell Prize honors individuals under the age of 40, who have...
Nominations for the 2014 Grinnell Prize are due by Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Grinnell College is seeking nominations for the 2014 Grinnell Prize. The award program — which annually presents winners with a prize of $100,000 — honors young innovators under the age of 40 who have...
Grinnell College joins the worldwide community in extending our sympathies and support for the people of Haiti and stand in solidarity as students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. As Grinnellians, our core value for social responsibility translates into action as...
  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Once again, Grinnell is a top Fulbright producer according to the U.S. Department of State’s complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014...
Jerry Greenfield delivers the keynote speech at the Grinnell Prize Symposium in November 2012. Credit: Blur MediaWorks >>SARAH PURCELL: So it is my real privilege to introduce Jerry Greenfield this afternoon. I first met Jerry when he was here for the commencement of his...
What happens when people disagree about how land should be used? Working with the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Anthony Wenndt ’15 has organized a discussion series on Land Use and Conflict, Nov. 21–22. Wenndt, a Russian and biology double major with a concentration in...
  Contacts:   Lauren Sieben, Chronicle of Higher Education Liberal-Arts Colleges Reach Minds Behind Bars By Lauren Sieben Re-published with permission of The Chronicle of Higher Education John Hammers spent the past 12 years behind bars. His daily routine consisted...
Panel Discussion: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 15, Rosenfield Center Room 101Concert: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, Sebring-Lewis Hall Northern Irish singer/songwriter Steafán Hanvey’s music examines family, art, and Ireland. In his multimedia concert "Look Behind You," he tells the story...
Participants enjoyed beautiful weather on Saturday, Oct. 5 for psychology’s walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association   The two-mile walk through downtown Grinnell was a psychology service project to raise awareness of the national Alzheimer’s Association's program of Walks to...
Critical thought and passion — that’s the combination that fills Graciela Guzmán ’11 with Grinnellian pride. As an enrollment specialist at a community health center on the northwest side of Chicago, Graciela enrolls people in healthcare plans and educates them about the...

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Africa’s current and future roles in the international arena will be the focus of a week-long symposium at Grinnell College, Apr. 9-13, sponsored by the college’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights. A former ambassador to Ethiopia,...
Modern China historian Karl Gerth will question “Can China Save the World?” at a Scholars’ Convocation on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus. Drawing on research in his latest book, “As China Goes, So Goes the...
2010 World Food Prize laureate Jo Luck, president of Heifer International, will deliver a public lecture at Grinnell College on Wed., Oct. 12 about her experiences in leading the world hunger assistance organization. Her lecture, “Listening, Learning, Leading on the Global Stage...
Grinnell, IA 9/7/11 Grinnell College today announced the call for nominations for the 2012 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. This prize program, now in its second year, honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their...
GRINNELL, IA—Artist and activist Steven Kurtz will deliver the final Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation of the fall semester on “Intervention and Public Art,” Thurs., Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus. Kurtz, who is...
  The Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), a student-run nonprofit microfinance lending organization at Grinnell College, is one of 15 finalists in the White House “Campus Champions of Change Challenge.” SEG was chosen from more than 1,400 submissions and is the only small...
Who: Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., available to comment on New England Journal of Medicine article released today: “Building a Better Physician — The Case for the New MCAT”   What: The case for evaluating the behavioral and social sciences in...
GRINNELL, IA— Two Grinnell College alumni have been awarded Lori Ann Schwab Alumni Grants for service projects in their home communities. The Schwab alumni grants are named for the late Lori Ann Schwab who died while an arts student at Grinnell in 1994. The $1,500 grants support...
GRINNELL, IA— Two Grinnell College alumni have been awarded Joseph F. Wall Alumni Service Awards of $25,000 each for service projects in their selected non-profit organizations. The Wall Alumni Service Awards are named for the late Joseph F. Wall, a Grinnell College alumnus and...
Grinnell, IA 3/29/11 Immigration—complicated policies, controversial possibilities. A Grinnell College symposium on “U.S. Immigration Policy,” Apr. 11-14, will examine a wide range of viewpoints on this timely topic, with experts on both sides of open and closed borders;...
Grinnell College has announced the winners of the second annual  Grinnell Prize honoring young innovators for social change: Cristi Hegranes, executive director and founder, Global Press Institute; Jacob A. Wood, president of  Team Rubicon, and William B. McNulty III vice...
Grinnell College today announced the creation of a $300,000 annual prize program to honor individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change....

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Grinnell College promotes the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities as part of our commitment to creating a diverse, multicultural campus community. It is the policy of Grinnell to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and all other applicable federal...
Buzzing with social, cultural, and academic activities, the Black Cultural Center (BCC) preserves and celebrates black history, culture, and diasporas of people who identify with African heritage. Built in 1970, it was later renamed the Conney M. Kimbo Black Cultural Center in...
Grinnell’s Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program is an outgrowth of the college’s long history of social responsibility, reflecting our belief that quality civic engagement addresses the common good while providing transformational experiential learning. This program...
International and global-nomad students compose a vibrant presence at Grinnell. Through the International Pre-Orientation Program, an active Friends of International Students program, and continued relationship building, the Office of International Student Affairs helps students...
Enjoy a range of events addressing local and global concerns affecting women.
Violence, injustice, and intractable conflict are among the most pressing problems we face today. How can we address these problems creatively? The Peace and Conflict Studies Program seeks to give students, faculty, and staff the tools to understand issues underlying conflict...
The Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights prepares students for a lifetime of civic engagement and connects the Grinnell community to the broader social and political issues that define the world beyond Grinnell. The program enriches the...
The current Scholarships and Fellowships, Service Awards and Prizes, Post-Graduate Service Opportunities, and Grinnell Corps pages have been relocated to theCenter for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS).
The Stonewall Resource Center is a confidential, safe space serving Grinnell’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities and allies. Staffed by a student management team, the center offers support for individuals, educational programming, and LGBTQ...
Gain real-world experience, explore opportunities in business, government, and nonprofits, and learn from alumni. The Wilson Program supports interdisciplinary, discovery-mode liberal arts courses, funds mentored student internships in organizations throughout the world, and...

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The Umoja Conference is an annual program created by a network ofAfrican groups and organizations in the Midwest. The word "Umoja" is aSwahili word that means "Unity". The purpose of the Umoja Conference isto discuss pertinent issues concerning the African continent and...
Application Contact Person:  Doug CutchinsApplication Contact Information:  cutchins[at]grinnell[dot]edu Application Wall Alumni Service Award applications must be completed electronically. Please email all elements of your application as Word or PDF documents to Doug Cutchins...