Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service

Bridges to Social Justice

Key Bridge in Washington, DC

The Bridges to Social Justice framework describes a range of possibilities by which we can make a contribution to the common good.

These bridges intersect and overlap, demonstrating the interdependent nature inherent in working toward the common good. There is no one single bridge and people move in and out of these bridges over time. The bridges provide a framework for CSJ’s programs, activities, and design.

The six bridges included at the Center for Social Justice are:

Working to address the immediate needs of individuals or a community, often involving contact with the people or places being served.

Connecting coursework and academic research to community-identified concerns to enrich knowledge and inform action on social issues.

Involving, educating, and mobilizing individual or collective action to influence or persuade others.

Donating or using private funds or charitable contributions from individuals or institutions to contribute to the public good.

Participating in political processes, policymaking, and public governance.

Using ethical business or private sector approaches to create or expand market-oriented responses to social or environmental problems.

The Bridges to Social Justice framework is adapted from Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service’s Pathways to Public Service to Community Engagement and Public Service.