Pi Sigma Alpha and the Gender Studies Council hosted “Java for Justice” on November 5. The event was a panel discussion on gender and social justice. Erica Y. Barker, a junior student in political science, moderated the discussion with three panelists: Elaine Cannon, associate director of Lumpkin County’s No One Alone battered-women’s shelter; Dr. Timothy Hayes, UNG associate professor of criminal justice; and Dr. Amy Steigerwalt, associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. The panelists presented evidence of social injustices throughout our communities and the role of the mass media in highlighting racial and gender injustices. Panelists also explained how voters, civil and criminal justice, and elected officials contribute to social justice being achieved. Nearly 100 students were in attendance to discuss issues of justice, injustice, and inequalities.

The event was made possible by a grant from the national office of Pi Sigma Alpha. The UNG’s chapter faculty advisor, Dr. Charles H. “Trey” Wilson III, applied for the grant prior to this school year. Because Dr. Wilson is away from the Dahlonega campus this semester to conduct research, Dr. Beth Rauhaus and Dr. Sam Rohrer coordinated the event. The Gender Studies Council also provided a subsidy as co-sponsor of the event.


Students talk to the panelists after the event.