Social Justice Seminar Program

243723_474323175911035_1565590545_oSan Francisco provides an exceptional context in which visiting groups can study issues of social justice. The city is a historic nexus of social justice movements including movements around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) concerns, environmental sustainability, and affordable housing. San Francisco’s diverse population includes immigrants who have come from all over the world as well as several thousand people who reside on city streets.

Local NGOs, social service organizations, and churches have long been pushing for and responding to social change in the Bay Area. The Waller Center gives visiting groups the opportunity to learn about the region from these organizations and their leaders through our social justice seminar program. We hope that our seminars will inspire you with new ideas about how you can engage your community back home.

Seminars are an educational experience designed in consultation with participating groups. Itineraries include guest lectures and field trips to historic and contemporary sites based on groups’ interests and timeframe. Sample seminar topics include:

Housing and homelessness
Gentrification/neighborhood change
Health Care
Public transportation
Environmental sustainability
Sexuality and gender identity

While direct volunteer service work is not the focus of the seminar, it may be arranged and included as part of a seminar. Visiting groups who wish to arrange their own volunteer service outside of a seminar may find our links page helpful.

Click here to see itineraries from past seminars: 1 day 2 day 3 day

Seminar rates range from $15-25/person/day, depending on group size. Please contact the site coordinator at office [at] to discuss seminar rates and to begin designing your seminar.

The Waller Center is a site of the Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries of The California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church