Student Access and Achievement Programs

Social Justice Student Scholar Research Initiative

Supporting student work on issues of racial and ethnic diversity, social justice, equity, social innovation, inclusive leadership, racism and systems of oppression, diversity and sustainability, inclusive pedagogy, social justice and diversity in artificial intelligence, earth justice, and restorative justice.

Who is eligible

  • Full-time Student Access and Achievement Program (SAAP) students in 2021-2022
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Maintain at least a 2.25 GPA
  • In good standing with Student Access requirements (SAAP)


Three students in fall 2021 and three students in spring 2022 can each receive a $1,000 grant for one semester to work on an approved project. Fall scholars will present their work to the Community and Belonging team. Spring scholars will participate in Nazareth's Creativity Activity Research Showcase (CARS).

Possible project themes:

    • Racial and ethnic diversity issues
    • Social justice 
    • Equity issues
    • Racism and systems of oppression
    • Social innovation
    • Diversity and sustainability
    • Inclusive leadership
    • Inclusive pedagogy
    • Social justice, diversity, and artificial intelligence
    • Earth justice
    • Restorative justice


  • Complete the Social Justice Student Scholar application and process, which includes:
    • Provide a description of the project.
    • In coordination with the program directors, identify a mentor for the research project. (Mentor completes this form.)
    • In coordination with the program directors, identify a professional opportunity to engage in during the semester of the research project or one Equitable Spaces course during the semester of the project.
  • In coordination with the program directors, create a schedule for the semester of meetings with the program directors to follow the progress of the research project.


The initiative can be all on the College campus or out in the community.


  • Available for fall 2021 or for spring 2022. (A student can apply for one semester.)
  • Application deadline for fall grants: April 16, 2021
  • Application deadline for spring grants: October 29, 2021


Supports social justice efforts, raises awareness for social justice, builds knowledge about efforts, builds skills, supports diversity and equity goals, and builds community at the College around these efforts.

Examples of projects that could quality

  • Student plans/organizes (with mentoring) a campus programming series on a social justice topic.
  • Artistic piece
  • A paper, working with a mentor
  • Research
  • Book reviews and discussion

Program Directors

  • Tonya Guzman, Director, Student Access and Achievement Programs: 
  • Esperanza Roncero, Professor, Community and Belonging Outreach Scholar:

This Social Justice Scholar Initiative has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Jim and Sue Genthner Charitable Foundation.