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Social Justice at Buffalo State

At Buffalo State, we believe that social justice is the undeniable human right to dignity, equity, and full participation in society.

Author Visit and Presentation

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Jessica Wilson
Jessica Wilson

Best-selling author, dietetic thought leader, and community organizer Jessica Wilson will discuss the impacts of racism and misogyny on body image and wellness

Alumni Center
Thursday, February 9, at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Wilson’s presentation is free and open to the public. Her talk, which includes a book signing, free raffle, and light refreshments, kicks off Buffalo State’s 2023 celebration of Black History Month.

All are welcome.

Location: Jacqueline Vito LoRusso Alumni & Visitor Center

Social Justice-Focused Programming, Support

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Anne Frank Project

AFP celebrates positive innovations in the face of adversity. The festival provides multidisciplinary workshops and artworks that teach the tools and vocabulary to tell stories in challenging times to inspire hope and build strong, safe communities.

Anne Frank Project Website
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Bengals Dare to Care

See how Buffalo State elevates social responsibility, community building, and social justice while taking action to improve the world for every individual in our community. Connections between racial justice and social issues including food insecurity, education, LGBTQ+, and voting will be explored.

Bengals Dare to Care Website
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Beyond Boundaries

Film series organized around categories of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and abilities, with an emphasis on intersectionality.

Beyond Boundaries Schedule
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Community Circles

A restorative justice framework that provides space for discussion, action planning, and addressing harm at the group and individual levels. The circles are facilitated by a wide variety of faculty and staff members on campus and from the greater Buffalo community.

Restorative Justice Website
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Community Academic Center

Located on Buffalo's Grant Street near campus, the CAC provides consistent support and programming for community members of all ages.

CAC Programs
Michael Heflin

Conversations with 'Hef' 

Michael 'Hef' Heflin, assistant dean of Inclusion and Equity, hosts monthly conversations on topics including justice concerns and the Black experience in America.

Spring 2023 meetings

  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 18
Inclusion and Equity Office

Sawubona Healing Group

Healing Space for Black Students

  • Take reprieve from and process racial trauma with culturally affirming activities!
  • Learn to understand and navigate microaggressions, code-switching, stereotyping, imposter syndrome, and more.
  • Explore Black self-worth and acceptance and Black Triumph and joy!

Meets every Thursday, 12:30–2:00 p.m. in Weigel Health Center 203

Weigel Health Center

Weigel Wellness Programs

The Weigel Wellness Center’s Counseling Office has developed specializing support groups and workshops to assist students who have been affected by systemic racism. Students can contact Weigel Wellness at (716) 878-6711.

Counseling Center Weigel Wellness Center

Social Justice Book Club

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Our Spring 2023 Books
Our Spring 2023 Books

Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, anthology of poems, stories, and essays about abortion.


It's Always Been Ours: Rewriting the Story of Black Women's Bodies

Supplies permitting, free copies of the book(s) will be provided to participants. 

Academic Commons lounge area
Our Meetings
Our Meetings

The book club is open to faculty, staff, and students.

Participation is free, but seats are limited.

Fill out this form by Friday, February 10 to express your interest.

What Is Social Justice?

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Read Our Report
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Share Your Feedback
Share Your Feedback

Buffalo State has many social justice-focused events, programs, and initiatives. Share your preferences for learning more about these meaningful opportunities.

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What Does Social Justice Mean to You?
What Does Social Justice Mean to You?


of our undergraduates are African American, Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial.


Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awards


New faculty from SUNY’s Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth (PRODI-G) initiative.


Bachelor's in Africana Studies launched.


In CollegeNET’s 2021 Social Mobility Index

BLM Resources

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Teaching Black Lives Matter
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Speaking Black Lives Matter
Speaking Black Lives Matter
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Seeing Black Lives Matter
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George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

Buffalo State has established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship to lift up future African American leaders who support racial justice and equity efforts in their communities

Join the university in this endeavor by making a donation by phone at 1-833-GIVE-BSC (1-833-448-3272) or online. 

More about the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship
Social Justice Videos

Revived Africana studies major brings “the other half of the story” back to Buffalo State

The Africana studies major now gives students the opportunity to examine the contributions of African nations and the African diaspora to the global community. The new program is composed of 14 courses in political science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and English, including African American Literature to 1940, the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Race and Progress, and Hip-Hop Culture.

Photo: Courtesy Kyle S. Mackie, WBFO News

Podcast and Story
Africana Studies Faculty