Learning Domain - Social Responsibility

The Social Responsibility domain recognizes our increasingly diverse and interdependent world and is deeply rooted in fostering a shared commitment to social justice. Social responsibility is the purposeful, collaborative pursuit of safe, equitable, and thriving communities through one’s self-knowledge, leadership, and advocacy.

Learning Outcome

Students who participate in Student Affairs programs, activities and services will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to social justice and apply that knowledge to create safe, healthy, equitable, and thriving communities.


Social Justice

  • Applies awareness, understanding, and appreciation of cultural and human differences to personal and professional situations
  • Creates and fosters inclusive communities
  • Identifies and seeks to remove systemic barriers to equality and inclusiveness
  • Challenges oppressive systems and behaviors and works to create change

Civic Engagement

  • Identifies and addresses needs of community members
  • Develops an awareness of social problems
  • Recognizes and upholds shared ethical values and standards
  • Exercises ethical leadership to meet group, organization or community goals
  • Actively engages in civic, political, and community activities
  • Develops global awareness
  • Demonstrates effective stewardship of human, economic and environmental resources

Examples of Programs, Activities, and Services

Below are some examples of programs, activities, and services where students can learn about social responsibility:

  • “Knocks and Talks” initiative
  • Administrative Panel Hearing meeting and outcomes
  • Associated Student Government (ASG)
  • Bias Incident Response Team
  • Community service/Service learning
  • Drinking Culture Close Up Program
  • Eco Rep programming in campus residences
  • Fraternity/Sorority officer training
  • Greek Leadership Retreat
  • Heritage month celebrations
  • Inclusion Task Force
  • Interfaith Advocates
  • Leadership courses and programs
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • NU Men series
  • Open forums, speakers, teach-ins, activism, and protests
  • Pre-Orientation Programs
  • Pre-Service Orientation
  • Real Talk: LGBTQIA Educational Workshop
  • Red Watch Band training and facilitator training
  • Resident Assistant training
  • Residential Life Community Standards process
  • Service & Slices community engagement program
  • Step Up! Bystander Intervention Workshop
  • Student governance groups
  • Student leadership positions and training
  • Student organizations and leadership positions
  • Support Starts Here
  • Sustained Dialogue
  • This We Believe initiative