Social Justice Programs
Hamline University has a long tradition of promoting social justice on our campus and in our wider community. The Wesley Center provides programming for students to engage in the multifaceted work of social justice at Hamline and beyond. We are moved and motivated by our slogan, the words of Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Our signature social justice programs are:
- The Catalyst Alternative Spring Break Trips, where students travel to cities across the US to engage in continued learning about issues such as food justice, immigration and refugee rights, environmental justice, interfaith collaboration, community building, and more.
- Hamline Votes, wherein the months before election cycles, our office helps facilitate a campaign to maximize voter engagement on campus.
- Various food access initiatives, programming, and advocacy across Hamline University, so all students have access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods.
Social justice programs and events
Catalyst uses service to investigate questions of social justice and community. Guided by student leaders with the support of staff members, these trips give you an opportunity to participate in community service projects over your spring break.
The Wesley Center collaborates with Hamline faculty, staff, and students to address food insecurity among students. We aim to provide all students with affordable, culturally-appropriate, and nutritious foods; counter food insecurity stigma and stereotypes; and conduct comprehensive research on food insecurity issues specific to Hamline University.
Hamline Votes 2022 campaign
Hamline has historically had great success helping students vote. This engagement is historically on campus and in person, but in light of the COVID-19 epidemic, Hamline Votes has refocused its efforts online while remaining nimble and open to opportunities that allow for engagement in person.
At Hamline, our leadership, including the university president, participate in orientation activities, and in doing so will stress the Hamline value of civic engagement. Simultaneously, our online efforts will be directed toward collaborating with student organizations to leverage their social media accounts in ways that engage and activate students to vote. Since we are still affected by the pandemic, we will continue our efforts to promote absentee/mail-in ballots for all students.
While midterm elections often have a lower voter turnout, we intend to highlight the importance of midterms with our slogan "Midterms Matter." This is particularly relevant in 2022, a year with redistricting, when many voters have different candidates and polling stations than in past years. Minnesota's primary election is August 9, when most students are not on campus, so we'll use social media and student organizations reach out and inform our students of the voting assistance available to them.
Statewide election dates
- August 9, 2022: Minnesota primary election
- November 8, 2022: Federal general midterm elections
Hamline Votes will provide transportation to polling places and free snacks at tables in the Anderson Center.
- Register to vote at the Minnesota Secretary of State's website
- Voting resources for college students
- Find your polling place and learn what will be on your ballot
- Learn about absentee voting guidelines if you know you'll be away from your polling place on Election Day
- Know your rights: Review Minnesota's Voter Bill of Rights
- If you don't plan to vote in Minnesota, learn about your home state's absentee ballot process
Hamline's Pathways Program is an optional, pre-orientation opportunity for a limited number of incoming first-year students. When you enroll, you will:
- Discover the many opportunities available to Hamline students
- Start life as a Piper with new friendships and a solid support system
- Gain a deeper sense of self and direction for the years ahead
Applicants choose one of three Pathways: Multicultural Mosaic, HU-LEAD, and Do All The Good. While the majority of the time in this program will be spent within the individual Pathway with peers with similar interests, all Pathway participants will engage together across issues of leadership, diversity, service, spirituality, social justice, and wellness.
Applications for the 2022 Pathways program opens on Wednesday, June 1, and closes at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 22, so apply now!
- 2022 Pathways programming is Monday, August 22, through Thursday, August 25
- Early move-in date for students living on campus is Sunday, August 21
- Commuters participate by coming to campus each day
Participation in Pathways is free, but space is limited.
If you have questions about the Pathways program, please contact email@example.com.
Do All the Good
Experience what it means to be a change maker in your community by focusing on civic engagement both in our Hamline-Midway neighborhood and across the Twin Cities. As compassionate citizens in pursuit of the common good, we will use the lenses of social justice, service, and spirituality to learn about issues in our communities. Come prepared to meet and learn from our neighbors, community organizers, and fellow Pipers so we can begin building a beloved community.
At Hamline, we take the lead. Through the HU-LEAD pathway, students will begin their leadership journey at Hamline and build community with peers through activities, workshops, and discussions on topics like strengths, values, and vulnerability. HU-LEAD is ideal for students interested in exploring and developing their own leadership skills and joining others on a journey toward leadership.
The Multicultural Mosaic
Multicultural Mosaic seeks to educate and empower students on issues of diversity. Participants will explore race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic class while building key relationships with faculty and staff members and learning about university resources that will ensure their success at Hamline. Students interested in building a diverse community will especially benefit from this pathway.
Wesley Center and Hamline Church internships
Many students are required to do a LEAP internship during their coursework. You can design your internship to intersect with one or more of the Wesley Center's concerns of spirituality, service, and/or social justice. Possible internships positions include work in social justice, food access, project management, communications, and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Since our founding in 1854 through a gift by Bishop Leonidas Hamline, Hamline University has been connected to the Methodist Church. The Ministry Internship Program provides a congregational setting in which students can explore the stirring of God toward lives of service, faith, and leadership and provides a stipend of $1,000 to $2,000 per year. The program is open to students from any Christian denomination as well as seekers interested in exploring different types of Christian community and ministry. The goal is for selected students to become integrated into the life of a congregation, explore various forms of leadership, reflect on their spiritual paths, learn new skills, and experience the vitality of Christian community. Email email@example.com for more information.
Hamline Church has two community gardens on its property. The SPROUT Garden grows fresh food and vegetables for our neighborhood donates produce to local elders through the Hamline Midway Elders and to people in need through the Keystone Food Mobile. During the summer months, SPROUT Garden interns help tend the garden. Pay starts at $13.50 an hour; email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Paid positions and work study
There are open Student Administrative Assistant positions starting at $13.50 an hour. Training will be provided; email email@example.com for more information.
The McVay Youth Partnership offers a safe, fun place for middle and high school students who spend time with their friends creating art, music, drama and can receive help with their homework. This program is staffed by paid Hamline students who receive training and are supported by Hamline University staff. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Spirituality Scholars is a small group that meets weekly and explores the intersections of spirituality and social justice. Students are paid a stipend for participating and are required to work on a social justice project together in the spring for the campus community with an opportunity to receive a $1,500 to $2,000 stipend per year. Email email@example.com for more information.
All of the student-led groups listed above have one paid student leader who is in charge of organizing students in the group and planning events throughout the year. Pay starts at $13.50 an hour; email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.