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The Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at UIC is a campus-wide project that began in 2010. Housed in the Office of the Provost, SJI seeks to build upon and foreground a critically important part of UIC’s mission as a public research university in a diverse global city. Our work is focused on promoting a greater good, serving the underserved, and improving lives through scholarship, teaching and community engagement.

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Tonika Johnson

Photographer/Social Justice Artist, Chicago, IL

Tonika Lewis Johnson, a visual artist and photographer from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Her work explores themes related to racial segregation and inequality, while documenting the nuance cand richness of the Black urban life and culture. Her talent and visionary art projects have earned her accolades in Chicago and beyond. She…

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Joe “Cujoh” Nelson

With a multi-disciplinary approach and unique vision, Joe Nelson’s works are of various mediums and surfaces. From large outdoor murals, to small figurines — anything’s game. Joe believes art should not be confined or restricted, as long as it is executed with integrity and skill. The content of his pieces vary, but more often than…

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