The Center for Community Development and Social Justice (CCDSJ) was created in December 1996 with the purpose of supporting sustainable community outreach and advocacy initiatives between the institution and the Greater Lynchburg Area that focus on issues of social justice. The Center was established through an endowment by Rosel H. ‘71 M.Ed., ‘83 Ed.S. and Elliot S. Schewel.
During the 2019-2020 academic year and under the leadership of the Center’s new Director, Dr. Sharon Foreman, the Center will undergo a transformation to return the Center to this original mission and build a strategic vision and plan for achieving greater alignment with the relevant elements of the University’s mission and the critical foundations of social justice and civic learning.
This process will involve a focus on three primary goals of the Center:
- Promoting relationships among constituents in the community and on the University of Lynchburg campus that center around community-defined social justice needs and priorities
- Supporting opportunities for University faculty, staff, and students to collaborate with community stakeholders in community-based research (CBR) and community-based participatory research (CBPR)
- Supporting opportunities for civically-engaged learning opportunities among members of the community and the University, including credit-bearing service learning courses, civic engaged teaching methods, and infusion of high impact community-engaged pedagogies in the study of social justice topics across the undergraduate and graduate curricula.
If you’re interested in learning more about the CCDSJ strategic planning process taking place during 2019-2020, contact Dr. Sharon Foreman, Director, at CCDSJ@lynchburg.edu.