What’s your commitment to change?

We’ve compiled a list of ways to channel your commitment to positive change into actions that make a difference. Take a look. 

Donning a safety pin is a pledge to take action against discrimination. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to know what to do. The Journal of International Service is dedicated to supporting students who want to make a positive change. We’re providing a list of things individuals can do to fight discrimination, both the big and the small. We all fight discrimination in our own way.




  • Follow AU’s anti-discrimination student organizations: AU Black Student Alliance, AU Queers and Allies, AU Student Worker Alliance, AU Students Against Sexual Violence, The Darkening, Women’s Initiative
  • Add diverse voices to your Twitter (examples: Deray McKesson; Roxane Gay; Shaun King; Baratunde Thurston; Raquel Cepeda; Rebecca Cohen; Xeni Jardin; Sara Yasin; Kumail Nanjiani; Anil Dash; Jamelle Bouie; Rembert Browne; Heidi Heilig; Ta-Nehisi Coates)
  • Read books that help you better understand the intersection of politics and social justice issues. Some suggestions include:
    Hope in the Dark (Rebecca Solnit)
    Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a   Movement (Angela Y. Davis)
    Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Deepa Kumar)
    No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Justin Akers Chacon and Mike Davis)
    101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changes US History (Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran)
    From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)
    Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009 (Anthony Arnove)
    The Book of Unknown Americans (Cristina Henríquez)
    An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States: ReVisioning American History (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz)
  • Watch movies that help you better understand the discrimination many marginalized groups face: To Kill a Mocking Bird (1962), Do The Right Thing (1989), Boys Don’t Cry (1999), The Central Park Five (2012), Fruitvale Station (2013)



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