The Social Justice Symposium is a one day conference designed to create conversation around three core aspects of social justice: awareness, advocacy and activism. The day’s schedule typically includes a keynote speaker, lunch, and multiple breakout sessions that address topics like ethnicity, culture, multiculturalism, women’s advocacy, LGBTQ advocacy, gender, ability, serving our veteran student population, and sustainability. The symposium is FREE to Mizzou students that register for the conference. Due to venue capacity, registration is capped at 120 attendees.

Social Justice Symposium


The Social Justice Symposium is a collaboration between the Department of Residential Life, the Office of Student Engagement, the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Resource Center, the Multicultural Center, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, and the Women’s Center.

Past Keynote Speakers

  • 2018 – To be announced soon!
  • 2017 – Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University (keynote)
  • 2015 – Airick Leonard West – Community360 Director
  • 2015 – Payton Head, MSA President, University of Missouri (opening keynote)
  • 2014 – Dr. Treva Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University (closing keynote)
  • 2014 – Danica Wolf, Coordinator of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center at the University of Missouri (opening keynote)
  • 2013 – Ryan Sallans, public speaker, author, and consultant specializing in healthcare, campus inclusion, and workplace issues surrounding the LGBTQ community
  • 2012 – Dwight Lavender, Group Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Target Corporation (Mizzou alum)

Social Justice Symposium