Often people struggle with knowing just how they can make a difference — at their workplace, in their community, and in the world. 


On World Day of Social Justice, and in keeping with Saint Leo University’s core values and mission to confront the challenges of our world through service to others, we asked faculty member Christina Cazanave to share five easy ways we can advocate for social justice. Cazanave is director of internships and instructor for the Bachelor of Social Work Program

How To Be A Social Justice Advocate

Volunteer for Causes: Whether serving meals at a homeless shelter, participating in voter registration drives, or tutoring marginalized students, your time and effort can significantly impact our community. 

Educate Yourself and Others: Knowledge is power! Take the time to educate yourself on social justice issues through books, articles, documentaries, and conversations. Then, share what you've learned with your peers, sparking meaningful discussions, and raising awareness.

Organize Community Events: Host workshops, panels, or seminars to discuss and strategize solutions to social justice issues. Bring diverse voices and perspectives together to foster dialogue, understanding, and collaboration in tackling these challenges head-on.

Advocate for Change: Use your voice to advocate for policies and practices that promote equity and justice. Write letters to elected officials, participate in Get Out the Vote initiatives, and support organizations working towards systemic change. 

Support Minority-Owned Businesses: Economic empowerment is crucial in combating inequality. Make a conscious effort to support businesses owned by minorities, women, and marginalized communities.