Colloquium: Humanities and Social Justice Student Competition

Date(s) - 02/17/2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



The Humanities, Belonging, and the Gospel:
Student Essay & Creative Works Competition

For those who prefer to join via Zoom:

Students from within the College of Humanities have submitted essays and creative works on the prompt below.  The winners will present at this week’s colloquium.   

In August 2021 BYU issued a “Statement on Belonging” that makes the following assertion:

We are united by our common primary identity as children of God (Acts 17:29; Psalm 82:6) and our commitment to the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ (BYU Mission Statement). We strive to create a community of belonging composed of students, faculty, and staff whose hearts are knit together in love.

Likewise the College of Humanities has offered its own “Statement on Inclusion,” inviting us to

  • Respect and value the contributions of people from backgrounds, religions, and cultures other than our own,
  • Be aware of hurtful words and phrases,
  • Learn about and understand different cultural traditions,
  • Acknowledge discomfort when participating in class discussions about difficult topics,
  • Speak up on behalf of those who may be hurt by harmful speech,
  • Show willingness to work in groups with people of diverse backgrounds,
  • Respond with humility and teachability when our words offend,
  • Approach these issues with sincerity, respect, and compassion, and
  • Express tolerance, love, and understanding.

How has your study in the Humanities—of visual art, literature, cultures, languages, linguistics, music, and philosophy—prepared you to participate in these commitments? During a time of significant contention over identity and culture, we believe we can reflect on our own experiences as disciples of Jesus Christ engaging passionately in the Humanities to create a beloved community.

Specifically, we want to know how you, dear students, make connections between the Humanities, a culture of belonging, and the Gospel. How has your experience studying the Humanities helped you develop, in the words of the BYU Mission Statement, “devout love of God and a loving, genuine concern or the welfare of our neighbor”?


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