art and social justice


The Arts + Social Justice Living Learning Community creates a space where residents explore social justice issues through art and creative expression.  The community is designed for students of all majors who desire to engage in meaningful conversations about immigrant, Trans*, Queer, people of color, women, ability, gender identity, class, indigenous, and religious communities, issues, and social movements through art.  The community is open to all students, inclusive of all backgrounds and identities who are interested in these topics.

We hope that the process of making art, taking courses, and attending programs together creates a vibrant culture of arts and activism at Oregon State.  The strength, skill, and awareness gained from academic coursework and co-curricular programing will equip you to challenge paradigms and transform the lives of our residents, our campus community and our world.

The ASJLLC is a collaboration of: Ethnic Studies (ES), Diversity & Cultural Engagement, Queer Studies (QS), Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), College of Liberal ArtsSchool of Arts & Communications, and University Housing and Dining Services.

Our Vision

To be a vibrant hub that inspires a culture of art and activism at Oregon State.

Benefits of the Arts + Social Justice LLC

  • Receive academic course credit
  • Opportunities to express yourself through art
  • Increase your skills as a change agent
  • Connect with performers, artists, writers and faculty
  • Explore your passions and identities
  • Supportive artistic community
  • Create life-long friendships
  • Attend a retreat the weekend of October 2-4, 2015. 


  • Located on the 6th floor of Wilson Hall
  • Art and social justice issues focused hall programs and workshops
  • Hands-on service learning projects
  • Social justice based learning themes
    • Exploring Identity
    • Understanding social justice issues
    • Art exploration
  • ASJLLC wing has chalkboard doors and a gender inclusive bathroom

Course Connections

Residents of the ASJLLC are required to enroll in courses together as a part of the living learning community experience.

  • Fall – students are required to take the Arts and Social Justice intro course - ES/WGSS/QS 375, 4 credits. (Class time is M/W 12 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.; CRN 20704). This course explores concepts of structural inequality, difference, power, and discrimination through a critical survey of arts activism.  Students will think critically about artwork and artists which address a number of social issues in the United States, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, immigration, and indigeneity. This can fulfill a Bacc Core requirement for Difference, Power and Discrimination, Core, Pers.
  • Winter ES/WGSS/QS 409, Arts and Social Justice: Leadership, 2 credit practicum.  This course puts theory into action.  Students will contribute to a community project which integrates art activism. 
  • Spring – 1 credit practicum (optional) or an Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course of your choice.

Faculty partners:  OSU faculty from Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies collaborate and support workshops and programs for LLC members.

  • Natchee Barnd, Ethnic Studies, faculty
  • Qwo-Li Driskill, Queer Studies, faculty

Affiliated faculty 

  • Marion Rossi, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Co-Curricular Requirements

  • Beginning of the year retreat (To help build relationships and understand more about arts and social justice, residents will go on a retreat together the weekend of Oct. 2-4).
  • Select workshops and presentations
  • Field trip
  • Service learning component
  • Activities may include:
    • Hands on arts-based workshops
    • Community service learning projects
    • Social change agent skill building sessions
    • Faculty, artist, and guest dinners
    • Field trips
    • Year-end art exhibit

Arts + Social Justice Staff Coordinator: The coordinator oversees the Arts and Social Justice program, mentors the peer leaders, teaches the seminar courses, and coordinates activities with Wilson team.

Wilson Leadership Team: The Wilson Hall resident director and 6th floor resident assistant serve as a resource and work with the staff advisor to coordinate events that infuse arts and social justice themes.



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Apply for the Arts & Social Justice LLC

  1. Get admitted to OSU
  2. Complete the UHDS housing application and list the Arts and Social Justice LLC as your first preference
  3. If eligible for room selection in June, be sure to select your room on the 6th floor of Wilson Hall with other students in the program. 
  4. Sign your housing contract
  5. Email
  • Send your name, major, hometown, age
  • Tell us why you're interested in being a member of the Arts & Social Justice Living Learning Community
  • Which START orientation date you will attend