Social Justice Toolkit

The function of freedom is to free somebody else

Toni Morrison

Social justice is about more than not wanting to be racist. It includes intentionally seeking out opportunities for education and reflection about the ways that racism is inherent in many of the systems and institutions in daily life. Further, social justice requires all members of a society to take action.

The following are resources to start individuals on their education. Many of these resources are centered on the white experience of seeking to be anti-racist but they can be useful as well for non-black POC seeking to reflect and take action against anti-blackness within their communities.

Getting Started

Social Justice Terminology— Social justice work can be full of words with context specific meanings. This glossary is intended to be a jumping off point for common social justice language. It is a living document and not intended to be definitive or exhaustive. Language is always changing and evolving.

The Cycle of Socialization–We’re all socialized through the messages we receive from the institutions in our lives. This may include family, religious groups, schools, media, and the health or legal systems. It impacts underlying messages we may buy into without realizing and also the level of comfort we may feel in approaching difficult topics.

Lens of Systemic Oppression— Systemic oppression may manifest itself at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional or structural level. These levels of oppression build into and impact each other.

Topic Resources

The links below are collections of short readings, videos, organizations, and other resources compiled by Resilient Campus 

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center provides their own page of excellent resources for education and action.

Allyship Resources

For our white friends desiring to be allies– Courtney Ariel

6 things you can do you be a stronger ally

Being Anti-racist– National Museum of African American History and Culture

Videos and reflections on being anti-racist

How to be Anti-racist– An interview with Ibram X. Kendi

Explores what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean.

Non-black POC Allyship Resources

Resources to combat anti-black racism– National APIDA Panhellenic Association



Request a workshop


The Multicultural Student Center provides workshops and trainings to students, staff, and faculty on topics exploring racial injustice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Workshops can be requested Monday through Friday, between 10 AM to 8 PM during the academic year.

Workshops explore issues of power, privilege, and oppression, as well as identity/group dynamics, microaggressions, and how to create inclusive campus communities.

Please note that requests are not guaranteed commitments until they are confirmed by the MSC staff. Requests are accepted dependent upon facilitator availability and the MSC’s organizational capacity. Priority will be given to workshop requests that are for UW-Madison students. The MSC asks for a commitment of at least 15 attendees by the requesting group. The requesting group is responsible for providing space and accommodations unless otherwise specified.

Please request workshops at least 3 weeks in advance.

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