New: Arts + Social Justice Living-Learning Community

Passionate about making a difference?  Want to learn how can art change the world?

The Arts + Social Justice Living Learning Community creates a space where residents explore social justice issues through art and creative expression.  The community is designed for students of all majors who desire to engage in meaningful conversations about immigrant, Trans*, Queer, people of color, women, ability, gender identity, class, indigenous, and religious communities, issues, and social movements through art.  The community is open to all students, inclusive of all backgrounds and identities who are interested in these topics.

Academic Requirements

Residents of the ASJLLC are required to enroll in courses together as a part of the living learning community experience.

  • Fall – students will take the Arts and Social Justice course - ES/WGSS/QS 375.  This course explores concepts of structural inequality, difference, power, and discrimination through a critical survey of arts activism.  Students will think critically about artwork and artists which address a number of social issues in the United States, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, immigration, and indigeneity.  Additionally, a 1 credit practicum course will also be taken in conjunction with the main course to facilitate community building and develop leadership skills.
  • Winter – 2 credit practicum
  • Spring – 1 credit practicum (optional)

Faculty partners:  OSU faculty from Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies collaborate and support workshops and programs for LLC members.

  • Natchee Barnd, Ethnic Studies, faculty
  • Qwo-Li Driskill, Queer Studies, faculty
Affiliated faculty 
  • Marion Rossi, Associate Dean and Director of the School of Arts and Communication (Theater)

Arts + Social Justice Staff Coordinator: The coordinator oversees the Arts and Social Justice program, mentors the peer leaders, teaches the seminar courses, and coordinates activities with Wilson team.

Wilson Leadership Team: The Wilson Hall resident director and 6th floor resident assistant serve as a resource and work with the staff advisor to coordinate events that infuse arts and social justice themes.

  • Pamela Seitz, Wilson Hall Resident Director,pamela.seitz@oregonstate.edu

Co-Curricular Requirements

  • Select workshops and presentations
  • Field trip
  • Service learning component

If selected for the LLC, you will be assigned housing on the 6th floor of Wilson Hall with other students in the program.  The ASJLLC wing has chalkboard doors and a gender inclusive bathroom.

We hope that the process of making art, taking courses, and attending programs together creates a vibrant culture of arts and activism at Oregon State.  The strength, skill, and awareness gained from academic coursework and co-curricular programing will equip you to challenge paradigms and transform the lives of our residents, our campus community and our world.

The ASJLLC is a collaboration of: Ethnic Studies, Intercultural Student Services, Queer Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts, School of Arts & Communications, and University Housing and Dining Services.


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arts and social justice classsroomBenefits of the Arts + Social Justice LLC

  • Receive academic course credit  
  • Opportunities to express yourself through art
  • Increase your skills as a change agent
  • Connect with performers, artists, writers and faculty
  • Explore your passions and identities
  • Supportive artistic community
  • Create life-long friendships


  • Located on the 6th floor of Wilson Hall
  • Art and social justice issues focused hall programs and workshops
  • Hands-on service learning projects
  • Social justice based learning themes
    • Exploring Identity 
    • Understanding social justice issues
    • Art exploration
    • Gender-inclusive community

Our Vision

To be a vibrant hub that inspires a culture of art and activism at Oregon State.

Course Connections

Academic Requirements: Select one course from Intro to Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, or Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to be taken during the Fall 2014 quarter. Each is a three credit course.  These introductory courses are meant to immerse students in social justice foundations of power, privilege, discrimination, justice and injustice. Along with this course you will also take the Arts & Social Justice I seminar, a two unit course.

arts and social justice Arts & Social Justice Seminars

Fall – Arts & Social Justice I aims to develop rapport and a sense of community among students participating in the living and learning community.  Through personal and group reflection on social identity, themes of power, privilege and oppression will be illuminated via the community’s intergroup dynamics.

Winter – Arts & Social Justice II aims to expose student to a variety of arts methods and visiting guests to further exploration of contemporary social issues.  Through a series of immersions in various media, student will deliberate appropriate methods/materials in the development of a proposal for their third term capstone art project.

Spring - Arts & Social Justice III will focus on the development of the students’ capstone project, culminating in an end-of-term exhibition.  In-class time will be devoted to debriefing and problem-solving processes related to the development of the capstone project.

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Field trip
  • Service Learning Project
  • Select workshops and events


Activities may include:

  • Hands on arts-based workshops
  • Community service learning projects
  • Social change agent skill building sessions
  • Faculty, artist, and guest dinners
  • Field trips
  • Year-end art exhibit


Applying for the Arts & Social Justice LLC

  1. Get admitted to OSU
  2. Complete the UHDS housing application and list the Arts and Social Justice LLC as your first preference
  3. Sign your housing contract
  4. Email Charlene.Martinez@oregonstate.edu:
  5. Send your name, major, hometown, age Tell us why you're interested in being a member of the Arts & Social Justice Living Learning Community Which START orientation date you will attend