CSW is proud to be the first independent school in the country to include a Social Justice Requirement among our graduation requirements — evidence of our deep commitment to cultivating engaged citizens with global consciousness and a sense of social responsibility. During their time at CSW, students must take at least 10 classes that reflect the diverse viewpoints, complexity, and richness of the world in which we live. Over 80 approved courses, spanning all departments, challenge students to explore multiple perspectives, examine structures of power and privilege, study models of social change, and engage in meaningful and purposeful action. CSW graduates will have the empathy and skills to overcome language and cultural divides, and the ability and resourcefulness to build a better world.
To satisfy the Social Justice Graduation Requirement, a course must examine:
- Historical and contemporary issues from the perspectives of non-western cultures and/or historically oppressed groups.
- Structures of power and privilege — their history, causes, and effects.
- Models of social change, with the goal of advancing human rights and equity.
Additionally, each spring CSW holds an annual school-wide event known as the Michael H. Feldman Social Justice Day. Formerly known as Law Day, the event was established in 1975 by Shirley and Roger Feldman in memory of their son, Michael Feldman ’67. The event explores various viewpoints on important legal and social issues of the day, creating opportunities for student discussion and debate, as well as guest speakers and presentations. Students are pivotal in choosing the focus of the day, researching and preparing materials, and educating the CSW community about the chosen topic. Recent Social Justice Days have focused on themes ranging from labor practices and consumerism, to the issue of water privatization. We invite you to view the video and photo gallery, which includes images from past Social Justice Days.