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SLU’s Justice Fleet Fuels Momentum of STLMade Movement


The new STLMade movement, which tells stories about the people and places that lend vibrancy and character to St. Louis, highlights a project by a Saint Louis University communication faculty member in its inaugural edition of


Amber Johnson, Ph.D., takes the fight for social justice on the road. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg for the 

The Justice Fleet was founded by Amber Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, and, as its name suggests, aims to create a more just society.

The mobile classroom treks into neighborhoods to engage community members in discussions and activities around bias, social justice and empathy. Communities come together through art, play, conversation and, ultimately, healing.

“We basically create an experience that allows adults to learn how to play again and imagine. We have these social injustice scenarios, like gender issues, racism, economic justice, food justice, environmentalism, education,” Johnson told

“Essentially, we ask people to build the community that they would want to live in, that tackles these issues that are in this scenario.”

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More SLU stories will be coming on STLMade, including a feature slated for April about research out of the Department of Theology Studies.

Pauline Lee, Ph.D, associate professor, and Rachel Lindsey, Ph.D., assistant professor, are creating a digital portrait of religious life in the region. The database will include media content, interviews, maps and profiles – and answers the question what does religion look like to you.

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The STLMade movement launched on March 14, and featured about a baker's dozen stories on its website. The platform carries original features that show what’s working well, what St. Louis has to offer and how those in the region are affecting change to make St. Louis a better place for all. STLMade gives voice to the renaissance underway in St. Louis, a renaissance that SLU is part of.