The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research is requesting submissions for a special issue of the journal entitled Social Justice in Service Learning and Community-Based Research. 

This Special Issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research seeks to address students’ experiences with service learning and community-based research related to social justice. The objective is to provide a bigger-picture view of social justice and consider strategies for addressing multiple intersecting concerns that inevitably exist within the context of social justice and work in the community. This is an opportunity for students to discuss and reflect on the challenges they faced and the unique opportunities that may have presented themselves as issues related to social justice unfolded during a service learning or community-based research experience. 


Potential areas to address may include (but are not limited to): 

Critical service learning  

Justice, Equity, Diversion, Inclusion 

Cultural competencies that can be developed related to service learning and community-based research 

How working with a community organization during a social justice/racial justice movement impacted the relationship you had with the community members, supervisors at the organization, and those impacted that you are/were working with? 

How to effectively work within what community partners already doing and avoid doing harm with our good intentions. 

What growth experiences did you encounter relating to research design, methods, and community partnerships? This can also include any reflective pieces regarding personal growth. 

How did the challenges related to social justice impact the success/failure of the project? 

What was the process you went through of reorganizing your research focus due to social justice/racial justice? 

If your project didn’t succeed, what was learned? 

Authors can reflect on how social justice/racial justice shifted their future approach to, mindset about, and understanding of, their project. For example, maybe you were surprised to see new needs arise that you never would have considered otherwise. 

What advice can you give for future research projects (such as re-framing your research question) and student researchers related to social justice? 

Social justice movements could include but are not limited to societal issues such as the Black Lives Matter Movement or the MeToo movements.  

Submissions not related to social justice will still be accepted until January 31st and published in a different volume. 

Submissions will be accepted through the journal website ( through January 31st. The special issue will be published in April or May 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the special issue guest editor Dr. Indranil Ghosh ( or the general journal email address (