Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars for Social Justice

Robert L. Lewis was the founding chair of the board of trustees, establishing Cuyahoga Community College as the first community college in Ohio in 1963. Until his death in 2005, he devoted himself to the humanistic enhancement of the College. The Dream: Lewis had a dream to recreate the classical Academy of Scholars, like the one in the ancient olive grove. There, students and their teachers would gather together to learn from each other through informal conversation and respectful consideration of the most important social issues of the day. The Reality: The Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars was launched in 2008, honoring Robert Lewis and empowering idealistic students to pursue his dream of a civil society. This program requires a commitment of a complete academic year, and is divided into Fall semester and Spring semester components: Fall Semester: You will study the history and philosophy of social justice through successful completion of PHIL-208H Honors Social Justice. With the support of faculty and community experts, you will present a proposal for your chosen project that addresses a personal interest to “change the world.” Spring Semester: While earning independent study credits, you will work one-on-one with a community mentor and instructional faculty to produce your project. You will meet monthly with your Academy Scholars in stimulating gatherings to share the creative experience. In late Spring, the Academy of Scholars concludes with a community celebration, showcasing the student projects. Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate as a Robert L. Lewis Scholar and will be invited to all future alumni events.

Supplemental Questions
  1. The Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars is an experience designed for ambitious students with a passion for social justice who want to make a difference in their communities and in the world. Compose and upload a brief personal statement (less than 250 words) that describes your interest in social justice and, if possible, provide a specific example of a social justice project, activity or initiative you implemented or in which you participated.