Social Justice Resources for College Students

Embodying fair and just relations between the individual and society

Character Trait: Social Justice
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Social Justice is demonstrated by heroes from across the globe in these featured films, art and stories. The quality of fair and just relations between the individual and society is at the core of the character trait of social justice. Meet remarkable heroes through these films, art and stories, and create a dialogue with your students on the importance of practicing social justice in our daily lives.

Equal Justice Initiative 

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. 

The Equal Justice Initiative

Gabriel Diamond

Bryan Stevenson and Equal Justice Initiative litigate cases for the unjustly imprisoned and work to reform the justice system.

Bryan Stevenson

By: Arthur (Trey) Carlisle

Bryan Stevenson has been recognized across the globe for the work that he has done to address poverty and racial inequality.


Bryan Stevenson is a public interest attorney who has dedicated his life to representing poor people and people of color who have received unjust treatment in the U.S. Criminal Justice System. 

Stories and Films Highlighting Those Fighting for Access to Education for All

Armene Modi

By: Amanda Molinaro

Armene Modi provides bicycles to girls in rural Indian villages so they can continue their education.


Produced by:Jacob & Isaac Seigel-Boettner

An Indian girl gains a bicycle, and the will to achieve.

Ten Thousand Girls

Produced by:Adams Sie

Mrs. Viola Vaughn runs "10,000 Girls," a project in Senegal, Africa, which aims to help girls in education and vocational training.

Viola Vaughn

By: Brande from Spokane

Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.

Educate Girls

Produced by:Skoll Foundation

In India, Educate Girls works to make education accessible to girls, mobilizing communities to help girls achieve their full potential.

Each of these films reflect on the plight of the featured individual illustrating the ongoing struggle for equal access and personal safety in various areas around the world.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Produced by:Austin Wilkin/Grace Lee

Grace Lee Boggs is a 95-year-old Chinese American philosopher and activist and participated in a century's worth of social justice movements.

Women's Rights - PSA (2:35)

Produced by:Rajat Diwan

By boldly illustrating young women disguising themselves as young men, this PSA calls attention to the grave issue of women's safety and equal opportunity in India.

I'll take it from here... Because I'm a Girl

Produced by:Raj Yagnik, Shona Hamilton
One in three girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict or discrimination.


Sandi Bachom

On August 24, 2019, a group of volunteer lawyers from Lawyers For Good Government walked across the border at Matamoros, Mexico, to help asylum seekers.

Women are Gold

Lizzie Green
One woman must learn how to value herself in a society that holds men in higher esteem than women.

Additional Films

The Office of Missing Children

Produced by:REVEAL

More than 2,600 kids were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Donald. What happened to those children?

Jessica Mayberry | Video Volunteers

Marc Ostrick

Jessica is the founder of Video Volunteers (VV), a human rights media organization's impact on people from India's most marginalized communities.

Made in Madras

Mohit Arora, Aishwarya Ashok, Shikha Kumari

Made in Madras is the story of an 18-year-old soccer player, Sangeetha, who lives on the streets of Madras (aka Chennai).

Additional Stories

Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Peter Norman

By: Jesse Zaragoza

Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Peter Norman, who were part of the 1968 Olympic team in track and field, raised their fists during the US National Anthem in support of civil rights.

Clarence Darrow

By: Susannah Abbey

Clarence Darrow was a 20th century lawyer and member of the American Civil Liberties Union, known for his involvement in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial.

Mary Harris Jones

By: Susannah Abbey

Mary Harris Jones worked to free men, women, and children from industrial slavery.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

By: Jane Wallace
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe works to end violence and sexual exploitaton in Uganda.

Maria Bashir

By: Mena from San Diego

Maria Bashir is an Afghani prosecutor and advocate for women. Story is available in text with audio.

Shirin Ebadi

By: Chloe McGee
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and former judge, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for fighting for the rights of women, children and refugees.

Related Resources


Black Lives Matter: Voices of Hope and Change: Recommended for Middle and High School Students


These 21st century heroes are moving America forward in racial justice and equality.
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Use the multimedia resource showcase link to learn more about John Lewis who dedicated his life to advancing human rights and civil liberties.


John Lewis Multimedia Showcase Webpage
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Use the multimedia showcase link below to learn more about Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and human rights activist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. 


Nelson Mandela Multimedia Showcase Link
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Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

How to use MY HERO's Create Program to Publish Stories, Art, Film and Audio for Students

Tutorial for students: Publish written stories, film, original artwork and audio in MY HERO's multimedia library.

Create Program
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Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.

Submit your artwork to be entered in the MY HERO art contest or to be exhibited on our Gallery Homepage.

Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.

Organizer created on 8/13/2020 11:24:41 AM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 12/29/2020 2:38:30 PM by Laura Nietzer