SPLC on Campus Announces Four Program Focuses for 2015-2016 School Year


SPLC on Campus is an opportunity for young people to partner with a nationally recognized social justice organization that is committed to fighting hate, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice.

SPLC on Campus is focusing on four areas in the coming academic year: Alternative Spring Break, Economic Justice, Juvenile Justice, and LGBT Rights. Chapters are eligible to receive free educational materials and programming ideas on these topics, which we selected to align with the current work of the SPLC. Of course, we invite chapters to promote other programming as well.

Alternative Spring Break is a growing trend involving thousands of college students who participate in service-learning experiences. The SPLC's Civil Rights Memorial Center welcomes hundreds of college students each year participating in these ‘alternative’ spring breaks, and we will provide service and scheduling suggestions for a Civil & Human Rights alternative spring break for your chapter, including a free tour of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery.

Economic justice is an example of the SPLC's work on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society. Industry-sanctioned practices like payday lending prey on low income individuals and families creating a vicious cycle of overburdening debt. SPLC on Campus will educate your chapter about these predatory lending practices.

Juvenile Justice is a key tenant of the SPLC’s work and a growing issue in the United States. We will provide your chapter with research and commentary about children tried as an adult and the school to prison pipeline. SPLC on Campus will help equip your chapter  with the tools needed to become an advocate for children ensnared in the juvenile justice system. to advocate for these youth.

LGBT Rights is at a pivotal point in the United States. From the U.S. Supreme Court hearings om marriage equality to our legal advocacy on behalf of LGBT community members, now is the time to engage students on your campus about this important civil rights issue. SPLC on Campus will provide your chapter with the resources needed to conduct Know Your Rights trainings, plus suggestions on other ways to get involved in this movement.

We hope to have your college on board for the 2015-2016 school year and look forward to advancing social justice together for many years to come. Our new SPLC on Campus guidebooks will be available July 15. For more information please contact SPLC on Campus coordinator Emily Mumford at emily.mumford@splcenter.org.