Welcome to the new Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice!
Formerly the Office of Community Service and Religious Life, we are excited to relaunch into the 2015-2016 academic year as the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice, or CSSS! Service and spirituality have always been the two predominant pillars of our work, and while social justice is new to our name, we believe that it has always been at the core of our mission.
Social justice is defined as “promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.” It exists when “all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.” In conditions of social justice, people are “not to be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristics of background or group membership” (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006). CSSS seeks not only to expose students to the opportunities for service and experiencing differences in faith but also to encourage students to understand what it means to challenge injustice, support human rights and work to bring about a just society.
As CSSS relaunches, look out for our orange advertising around campus! Orange is the new official color of CSSS. “Why orange?” you may ask. Here is what studies have shown:
The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating the spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen.
The color orange relates to social communication, stimulating two-way conversations. A warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking!
Orange aids in the assimilation of new ideas and frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves. At the same time it encourages self-respect and respect of others.