Through a distinctive combination of proven and innovative methods of interdisciplinary community-based pedagogy, research, and service, the Clayton State University Center for Community and Justice Studies(CCJS) envisions a community working together to create a just, safe, and supportive environment that promotes and sustains social justice.
The Clayton State University Center for Community and Justice Studies promotes an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort to empower the community by encouraging fairness, equality, mental and physical well-being, and overall improvements in quality of life among the communities we serve. In close consultation with community stakeholders, the CCJS facilitates partnerships between Clayton State faculty, students, and community partners by identifying how academic resources can be mobilized to meet community needs. The CCJS achieves this mission by promoting activities that offer direct benefit to community stakeholders including, but not limited to, providing coordination and support for 1) faculty using community engagement pedagogies to further course learning objectives, 2) scholars engaged in community-based research, and 3) professionals seeking education rooted in the areas of community justice, social justice, and crime reduction and public safety. The CCJS principally serves the areas of Clayton County most impacted by poverty and crime, but also serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area and Southern Crescent region.