Social Justice Hub members meet over pizza to discuss ideas.

Social Justice Hub

The Social Justice Hub provides purposeful out-of-classroom education through direct experience to further develop skills to engage in social justice work and to improve the quality of life for all. We accomplish this through Action Teams, events, and outreach and collaboration connections. You can sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here to get every-other week updates on what we have accomplished, what we are working on, and what we plan to do. You can view our most recent newsletter by clicking here.

Fill out our interest form here to get involved!

Please email the Hub with any questions or comments at SocialJusticeHub@studentlife.wisc.edu.

Current Programs and Teams

Criminal Justice Reform

The Criminal Justice Reform team works to promote awareness and change related to social justice issues in the criminal justice system. At 6 p.m. every Wednesday during the school year, criminal justice reform and research topics are discussed.

Housing Equity Action Team

Our goal is to unify UW-Madison’s campus to the greater Dane County community through education, community and organization partnerships, and initiatives geared towards increasing awareness about housing insecurities.

Social Justice Hub interns volunteer at a local food pantry

Food Justice Collective

We are a collective of student-led food justice organizations that seek to connect students and community members with information and access to resources. Through collaboration, we strive to improve food access for all in our communities.

Sustainability Collaborative

The Sustainability Collaborative intends to be a comprehensive resource for UW-Madison students and community members to engage in specific opportunities and ways to work towards environmental justice and sustainability.

Food compost drop off site

Join or start up an Action Team

The Social Justice Hub invites UW-Madison students and campus members to form additional social justice Action Teams! Find friends, choose a social justice topic of interest, schedule discussions, and determine steps to create positive change.

Members discuss issues that are prevalent in our society

gALPHA Social Impact

gALPHA Social Impact is a free four-week program designed to help UW-Madison students create innovative solutions to problems such as educational equity or criminal justice reform, provides idea and mentorship, and coach individuals.

gALPHA Impact comes in-person to see what they can do to improve the Hub.

Engage in Social Justice Events

Connect with our Staff

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Alyssa Bokotey - Operations & Intake Intern

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3rd Year; Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Environmental Studies with certificates in Global Health and Sustainability

I joined the Social Justice Hub because of my life-long passion for social justice reform — especially as it pertains to issues of housing and food insecurity, gender-based violence, sustainability, and nonhuman animal rights.

Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I am involved in PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment), Slow Food, and the Jewish Democratic Council of America. In my free time, I enjoy making art, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

You can reach Alyssa at SJHoperations@studentlife.wisc.edu and learn more about her here

Arushi Gupta - Outreach Intern

Pronouns: She, her, hers

2nd year; majoring in Neurobiology, Psychology, and Philosophy. 

I joined the Social Justice Hub to challenge myself and be a strong advocate for issues I have watched unravel and reported on as a journalist. Outside of the Hub, I love finding the poetry in science, covering news for The Badger Herald, and taking down the patriarchy.

You can reach Arushi at sjhoutreach@studentlife.wisc.edu. Learn more about her here

Ben Ross - Office Assistant

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3rd Year; finance and risk management

I believe social justice is a core principle anywhere you go in today’s society. It’s also growing to be an even more prevalent issue on college campuses across the country.

Through the Hub I hope to gain a better insight on social justice issues and then to pass that knowledge on to others.

Alli Burgdorf and Clarence Harley - Criminal Justice Reform Co-Directors

Alli Burgdorf

Pronouns: She/her/hers

3rd year; Political Science and Sociology with certificates in Public Policy and Criminal Justice.

I joined the Social Justice Hub to learn more about the issues I am passionate about and use that knowledge to educate others. Working with the Criminal Justice Reform Team, I am able to collaborate with like-minded peers to spread knowledge of criminal justice across campus.

Clarence Harley

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2nd Year – Economics and Political Science

Social Justice to me is more than a hobby or a commitment, it’s a civic duty. As a man of color, I feel as if it’s my responsibility to stand up against the pertinent inequities in our society. I joined the Social Justice Hub and, more specifically, the Criminal Justice Reform team, to help foster my beliefs and grow connections with others who feel so passionately about social justice as I do.

Contact them at criminaljustice@studentlife.wisc.edu.

Connor Raboine and Raven Hall - Food Justice Collective Co-Directors

Connor Raboine

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4th year; majoring in Human Development and Family Studies & Communication Arts

I was drawn to the Social Justice Hub to create connections with students across disciplines, while also taking full advantage of its supportive & collaborative framework. In my eyes, this is the most effective way to find sustainable solutions to the food justice issues I am so passionate about. In my free time, I spend time testing out natural dyes and sprouting plants in my apartment!

Raven Hall

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4th Year; Nutritional Sciences with certificates in Global Health and Food Systems

I was initially introduced to the Social Justice Hub through the gALPHA Social Impact Program where I worked on developing and launching a sustainable fashion company with a fellow student. Through my experiences in the program, I found that my true passions lie within the interconnections between food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, and food waste. This then inspired the formation of the Food Justice Collective, which aims to address food justice on campus.

Outside of the Social Justice Hub, I am involved in Campus Food Shed, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), TEDx Madison, and ALT Magazine. In my free time, I enjoy painting, photography, reading, cooking, and hiking!

You can reach the Food Justice Collective at foodjustice@studentlife.wisc.edu.

Diego Flores - Housing Equity Action Team Co-Director

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3rd Year; International Relations – Global Security with a Certificate in Criminal Justice in America 

I joined the Social Justice Hub to shine a light on social justice issues around campus and find ways to get our campus community involved. Within the Hub, I co-lead the Housing Equity Action Team with Nicole Meyer  to raise awareness and get students involved with the issue of homelessness in Madison. 

Beyond the Social Justice Hub, I am a member of the UW Club Water Polo Team and Camp Kesem. My hobbies include surfing, hiking, and cooking.

Diego can be reached at SJHhousing@studentlife.wisc.edu

Kalli Anderson - Marketing & Media Intern

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3rd year; Journalism with certificates in Criminal Justice and Middle Eastern Studies

Social Justice is important to me because I think it is our societal duty to speak up for those who cannot or do not have the platform to speak up for themselves. I believe that we must use our skills and talents to speak up for communities that are usually ignored and/or pushed to the side. As a journalist, I strive to amplify these voices and make them heard.

I am also involved with the Daily Cardinal, the UW-Madison Club Field Hockey team, Feed the Change, and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. My other interests besides journalism and social justice include prison reform, food insecurity, and domestic violence advocacy.

You can reach Kalli at sjhmedia@studentlife.wisc.edu. Learn more about Kalli here.

Nicole Meyer - Housing Equity/ Porchlight Intern

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3rd Year; Neurobiology, Psychology, and English, with a certificate in Public Policy

Social justice is important to me because I believe every person in the United States deserves the best quality of life possible, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, or creed. I hope as the Porchlight intern I am able to bring greater awareness to UW-Madison students of our surrounding community, especially in regards to homelessness. I want there to be an understanding and respect for the complexity that the housing situation in Madison has, as well as the risk factors that cause different groups of people to be disenfranchised and more susceptible to homelessness at disproportionate rates.

I am also involved in SALT company, on the committee for advocacy and awareness for AED, work at St. James Elementary School, and intern at the Capital for Representative LaKeisha Myers. I volunteer at the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County, The Literacy Network, The Beacon Homeless Shelter, Big Brother Big Sister of Dane County, and The Boy’s and Girl’s Club. In my free time I love being outdoors, especially when I’m hiking or running, preferably at a National Park.

You can reach Nicole at sjhhousing@studentlife.wisc.edu

Jim Rogers- Program Director

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Jim has initiated, developed and led the Social Justice Hub since 2018 having worked with staff putting together the mission and structure, setting up the facilities and equipment, opening the office, hiring the Social Justice Hub staff, and facilitating the Social Justice Hub supporting students and campus members working towards social justice, while developing student skills, as these future leaders continue to improve the quality of life for all.

Biking, traveling and gaining new perspectives in life all excite Jim.

You can contact us anytime at SocialJusticeHub@studentlife.wisc.edu.