Social Justice Thru The Arts

Social Justice thru the Arts 2023

July 17-22, 2023

This summer institute will teach basic social justice concepts through arts-based practices. Participants will integrate all they have learned by working with the featured artist to create an art piece from a social justice framework.

Students collaborate alongside CSU faculty, students, and community educators through team building, intercultural dialogue, and collaboration across differences, nurturing individual and collective voices, and fostering community dialog by emphasizing skills that promote social justice advocacy. In the process they not only learn what a career in the arts through a social justice lens looks and feels like but also how the art fits into their lives and communities by addressing issues of equity, belonging, access, justice, and how the creative process is a part of all of our stories.

This year participants will have the unique opportunity to learn from skilled teachers, from each other, from themselves, and from Kris Mendonça, a Colorado-based Brazilian-USAnian multimedia artist. His work ranges from illustration, comics, murals and animation to dance teaching and drag. He is also a TEDx speaker and a movie maker, exploring themes tackling queer identity, social criticism and self expression.

Experience will include:

  • Experience working with CSU faculty and students through art-based practices.
  • Expert advice on applying to college, admission requirements, financial aid, housing, and careers
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Final presentation/exhibition


Hector Gandara (he/him)Hey y'all! My name is Hector Gandara (he/him), and I am from Pueblo, Colorado. I am an undergraduate student, studying to receive my B.F.A. in Dance at Colorado State University. My study consists of a wide range of dance styles, as well as building a strong relation to engagement within the community. I, myself, am an Alliance Partnership student, and a member of the Community 4 Excellence at CSU. When I am not in the dance studio, you just might run into me taking a stroll through beautiful Fort Collins! I cannot wait connect with you this summer as an SJTA mentor!

Court Fallon (she/they) “Hi there! My name is Court (they/she), and I’m a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies here at Colorado State University. I’m originally from Waterloo, Illinois. I study a variety of topics related to identity at the intersection of organizational communication and rhetoric. I also serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Communication Studies, and I work as a student office assistant for the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office. In my personal time, I like to walk my dog Felix and play video games. As a nonbinary person, I’m also invested in LGBTQIA+ activism and trans rights. I look forward to serving as an SJTA mentor this summer!”

Ix Chel Bueno (she/her)



Dr. Caridad Souza
Associate Professor of Women's and Ethnic Studies


Dr. Patricia Vigil
Director of University Partnership and student success


Silvia Minguzzi
Director of the Hatton Gallery&Digital Performing Space
Department of Art and Art History