Institute Vision

Our Critical Intellectual Project

The Social Justice Institute gathers intellectual resources that place us in a privileged position to excel in engaged research, teaching, and outreach. The tasks before us are the planning, design, and implementation of a structural and intellectual framework necessary to sustaining our project. The focus in the first year will be on creating conditions for building capacity, community, and institutional setting necessary for developing and carrying out this task.


The Social justice Institute is a leading hub of excellent collaborative, creative, and transformative interdisciplinary engaged research, teaching, and outreach on social justice. Focusing on patriarchal, racial, sexual, and colonial power histories, mechanisms, processes, and practices, we provide our students the critical tools necessary to contribute to the project of realizing social justice, locally, nationally, and globally.


Located in the unceded land of the Musqueam people, we take social justice as a duty and commitment and not solely an object of study. Towards meeting this commitment to social justice, the focus in the coming five years will be to fashion The Social Justice Institute as a leading global hub for research, teaching, and outreach portfolio dedicated to the development of a notion of social justice that reflects the current ethico-political challenges of the global present. Both its undergraduate and graduate programs are tailored to train academics, artists, or activists interested in engaged social justice research, addressing entangled modalities of power, which have inspired new forms of activism:

  • Entangled Modalities of Power: The symbolic, economic, and juridical dimensions of heteropatriarchal, colonial, and racial subjugation, as these architectures (structures, mechanisms, discourses, practices) operate at the local, national, and global levels.
  • Emancipatory Projects: The practices, discourses, and organizations created by indigenous and social (racial, gender-sexual, disabled) subaltern collectives to confront the dispossession, displacement, and death these architectures produce, that is, the many dimensions of social injustice

Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva
Director, The Social Justice Institute