A Social Justice Journal of International Studies


Winter 2021

Explore our Winter 2021 issue. Meet the team behind the scenes.

From a Hashtag to a Global Movement: How #EndSARS Became Nigeria’s Rallying Call For Justice

It was around 6:45pm- on the evening of October 20- when a group of armed military vehicles made their way to the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria and opened fire on a crowd of civilians. They were peaceful protesters… Continue Reading →

International Student Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 27, 2020. Location: My dorm room, University of San Francisco main campus. I woke up early to make sure everything was in place. Ready, set….9:00 am….and go! I busily typed to press send on my registration. One of my heroes,… Continue Reading →

A Woman, a Union, and a Bakery: The Tartine Drive of 2020

The Tartine bakery in San Francisco is famous for its Instagrammable morning buns and lines around the block. Pop music drums play as customers sip matcha lattes. The bakery, nestled on the corner of Guerrero Street and 18th Avenue in the Mission… Continue Reading →

Safe Injection Sites aren’t the end for San Francisco. They’re only the beginning

My brother died for a few seconds– just long enough for his heart to stop beating, and just long enough for him to be literally beaten back to life. He was one of many drug users in America– a future… Continue Reading →

Vandalism and Violence: Lobster troubles in Saint Mary’s Bay

Violence and intimidation are reaping havoc in the usually sleepy southwest corner of Nova Scotia, Canada. Last fall an angry mob of over 200 commercial fishermen encircled a lobster pound, a facility, which was rented to both Mi’kmaw and commercial… Continue Reading →

Ich habe ein problem: Reflections on Abandoning Berlin in a Pandemic

MARCH 16 Even bundled up in my knee-length coat, the freezing rain and wind cut through my jeans as I waited for the S-Bahn on the darkened platform in Berlin. Commuting home from classes at Freie Universitat took me two… Continue Reading →

“Say thank you to the High Priest”: Perspectives from an outsider participating in a Beninese Vodun ceremony

My day started like many in Benin: hot, sweaty, and slightly confused. I had time off that week and had decided to travel south in order to explore more of the country, catch up with some fellow Peace Corps volunteers,… Continue Reading →

A Glacier Guide’s Tale in a Changing Climate

Boom! A large chunk of ice struck the valley floor shattering into thousands of pieces. The sound is always loud as it resonates through mountain valleys. I remember hearing this rumbling on numerous occasions. Many underestimate the sounds of a glacier receding. My… Continue Reading →

‘Today Birds, Tomorrow People’: Huang Shu-mei’s Hakka activism to conserve nature and culture in Taiwan

When one imagines an environmental activist, a freshly minted English teacher might not immediately come to mind. Nonetheless, when Huang Shu-mei began her first job teaching at Gongliao middle school in New Taipei City, Taiwan, she found herself suddenly in… Continue Reading →

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