Social justice is a fundamental component of our mission and curriculum, as we seek to cultivate culturally-aware, global citizens. In fact, CSW is proud to be the first independent school in the country to include a Social Justice Requirement among our graduation requirements.
During their time at CSW, students must take at least 12 classes that reflect the diverse viewpoints, complexity, and richness of the multicultural world we live in. Over 80 approved courses, spanning all departments, challenge students to explore multiple perspectives, examine models of change, and learn how to engage in meaningful and purposeful action. In classes such as Dissent in World History, Ethics of Science, and From Venus to Guerrilla Girls: Women Redefining Self Through Art, students engage in thoughtful conversations and debates about human rights issues related to access, equity, power, and responsibility.
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.