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. Aligned with the mission of the US Department of Arts and Culture, a people-powered national action network, we incite creativity in the service of empathy, equity, and social imagination.

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, skills, 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 Arts, School 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


  • Located on the 6th floor of Wilson Hall
  • Art and social justice issues focused hall programs and workshops
  • Annual retreats
  • Hands-on service learning projects
  • Social justice based learning themes
    • Identity exploration
    • Learn about issues of equity and systems of oppression
    • Build community
    • Create and make art
    • ASJLLC wing has chalkboard doors and a gender inclusive bathroom

Course Connections

Residents of the ASJLLC enroll in courses together as a part of the living learning community experience. The following is the tentative schedule, courses are subject to change.

Fall 2016

  • Take the ES, WGSS, or QS 409, Arts and Social Justice: Foundations for Cultural Democracy, 2 credit practicum.  How can we use creativity in service of empathy, equity, and social imagination?  Students will learn about topics such as cultural citizenship and community-based art, and build community with the ASJLLC cohort.
  • And, take an intro Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course of your choice.

Winter 2017

  • Take the Arts and Social Justice Intro course - ES, WGSS, or QS 375, 4 credits. 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 course fulfills a Bacc Core requirement for Difference, Power and Discrimination, Core, Pers.

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

  • Community Building and SJ Arts Retreat (first weekend of academic year)
  • 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
    • Art gallery exhibit

Arts + Social Justice Coordinator
Charlene Martinez, Associate Director of Diversity & Cultural Engagement
Affiliated with the School of Language, Culture, and Society,

Wilson Hall Resident Director
Pamela Altmaier, arts and social justice classsroom

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
    • List which START orientation date you will attend