Social Justice at UC Berkeley

Identify causes of injustice and inequity in the world while understanding your role in the community and how you can effect change on a local, state, national and global level.

Social Justice program for teens in Berkeley

Program Highlights

Identify causes of injustice in the world
Understand your role in the community and how you can affect change on a local, state, national and global level
Learn the history of the social justice movement in the US
Learn about discrimination and inequality
Course content will be combined with community-based service work

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Session 2: July 3 - July 15, 2022


Berkeley, CA


  • This program has truly changed me. The best part of this program was being able to have hands on experience in my dream field of work.

    Ashley M.

Course Overview

Are you interested in empowerment and have a desire to affect change to make the world a better place? In this course students will discuss movements related to ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation as well as investigate how these concepts influence human beliefs, perspectives and behaviors. Students will learn to think critically about key social issues and understand how they can truly create a positive change in their own individual world and the world at large.

Meet your instructor

Dr. Zina Besirevic

Dr. Zina Besirevic

Social Justice UC Berkeley

Dr. Zina Besirevic is a researcher, psychologist and an educator with a breadth of experience spanning many countries and high impact institutions. She earned her Ph.D. in Cognition and Development from UC Berkeley, specializing in the study of emotions, effect of trauma on development, and moral reasoning.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Students will visit the famed Haight Ashbury district in San Francisco - the heart of the social justice movement in the 60s as well as organizations such as the Catalyst Project or the Justice Matters Institute.

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Career Exploration

Courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students. Hands on learning, professionally lead discourse and further analysis of historical events in the social justice movement create the perfect environment for our students to deep dive this career path before college.

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