About the Audre Lorde Social Justice Community
The Audre Lorde Social Justice Community (Audre Lorde SJ LLP) offers students a unique opportunity to develop their understanding and advocacy for intersecting identities, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity through a social justice lens. Students who participate in the community will have the ability to participate in tailored co-curricular programs and a host of dynamic course offerings that help students to reflect on their own identities and others’ experiences. Using Audre Lorde’s life as a template for social action, students in the Audre Lorde Social Justice LLP will interrogate their own intersecting identities as well as study the broader history and cultural context of social categories, develop a plan for identity-based social justice and host programming that will educate themselves and their peers.
The Audre Lorde Social Justice Living Learning Program is for first-year students who are interested in social justice advocacy for identities like race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. The rooms in the Audre Lorde SJ LLP are gender inclusive.
The Audre Lorde SJ LLP will have two peer mentors that are upperclassmen. They will be helping to guide the students in the community as they transition into college.
After participating in the Audre Lorde Social Justice LLP, students will be able to:
- Manage Faculty and staff relationships
- Apply academic skills towards career exploration and community development
- Identify and utilize skills that promote a healthy and socially just lifestyle
- Identify as a part of the residence hall community, creating a deeper sense of belonging
- Develop a stronger sense of self awareness in their identities and how those identities are culturally situated and interact with others
The Audre Lorde Social Justice LLP will be housed in Blazer Hall, which has break housing during the academic year. Break housing rates will apply.
Students who participate in the Audre Lorde LLP will live and learn in a community that is focused on inclusion for all people. They will learn about marginalized races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. While using Audre Lorde’s writings as a template for activism, students will explore their own advocacy and create community standards for the LLP. The hall is open during breaks for the academic year and close to the new Gatton Student Center, which houses the MLK Center, Office of LGBTQ* Resources, and many other resources. The connected course will get students acclimated to UK processes and help them expand their knowledge about social justice. Programming will be varied and will help to bridge the University and community resources in the greater Lexington area.