The purpose of the Carlow University Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility is to develop a women-centered approach to leadership that seeks to challenge systemic oppression by engaging students, faculty, staff, and community in research, education, and outreach.

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The Institute is guided by the mission, history, and traditions of Carlow University and its founders & sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy. Its operation is rooted in the principle of academic freedom, and it primarily values the pursuit of knowledge and praxis related to the exploration of the general question of "What makes a just society?"

The Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility at Carlow University is committed to the advancement of knowledge by fostering research, and to create formative educational and community/national/global service-oriented collaborations with diverse partners, that promote positive social change and advance its social justice mission for a more just and humane world.

By virtue of its Mercy-founded mission, Carlow sustains its long-standing commitment to the education of working class women who are the first generation in their families to attend college, with special attention to women who are members of under-represented groups. The Institute is a means of further extending that mission, providing a forum for the professional and personal development of faculty, students, advocates and community and civic leaders to sharpen their skills and competencies in addressing the social justice needs that face our communities and the region.

Our Strategies

Engage faculty, students and staff in collaborative, change-oriented research projects that address local, national and international needs in the areas of social, economic and political inequity.

Foster and support faculty in developing interdisciplinary concentrations in social justice, the application of course work through practical skills training, and the development of curricular offerings that incorporate community-based learning and service-learning credit.

Community Outreach/Collaborative Projects/Service Work & Programming
Link community-based organizations with University resources to address community-identified social justice issues, encouraging collaborative relationships between community organizations and our faculty and students.