Eigel Center

Social Justice Videos Worth Sharing

Video content is an effective way to continue connecting your students to community voices as part of their coursework.   Students and faculty have access to the extensive library of documentaries and shorts at Kanopy – (TIP: search “community-engaged” or “activism”).


Since 2012, Xavier students have produced an independent, licensed TED event featuring community leaders and Xavier faculty and staff addressing “ideas worth sharing” in 10-15 minute talks.   You already know TED talks make great discussion prompts about global issues, now you can connect students back to campus with over 40 local talks, many focusing on efforts to address broader issues. Examples of talks related to civic outcomes and community-engaged learning are suggested below, but you can view and watch the entire list.

Student entrepreneurs working to develop innovative solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.

A former US Air Force Sergeant has made it is his life's mission to empower formerly incarcerated, addicted, disenfranchised and homeless men.

Cooperative for Education (CoEd) is an international nonprofit organization that has provided educational opportunities to over 130,000 impoverished Guatemalan students since its inception in 1996.

Can a for-profit business be an agent of change in a city? Dan Meyer has some experience with building brands. Now he is learning to build communities.

Imagine taking design principles typically available to only a few and bringing them to many. Kate Hanisian takes principles of good design and applies them to third world problems by embedding design into the communities.

Tammy, a writer, artist, and professor at Miami University of Ohio, presents us with the notion that art and creativity can be used as a weapon to combat past and ongoing social injustice.

Explores how black athletes can use their athleticism to advocate for social change.

Emphasizes the need for radical love and mindfulness to cure the disease that is racism


Other Recommendations

  • We Will Not Be Moved and These Old Buildings are two free, short (30 minutes) films that tell the story of gentrification from the point of view of those living in Over the Rhine, an urban neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1980 and 1995 respectively. You can pair these films with excerpts from the Over the Rhine Comprehensive Plan (2002) to provide perspective for a dialogue about housing policy, community development, politics, racism, and poverty.
  • The Cincinnati Public Library contains the archival photos of the Cincinnati’s Better Housing League, which raised awareness of the state of housing and promoted “a city without slums; a city of homes.” The League was instrumental in rallying support for a policy that held negligent landlords accountably, banned unsanitary privies, and alleviated overcrowding. View their extensive collection of photos and documents.