It is with great pride that we present to you the inaugural issue of Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum. Here we have attempted to create an innovative, peer-reviewed space in which people from numerous disciplines, or even those claiming no discipline, can present research, multimedia, and art aimed at furthering the ideals of social justice, broadly defined. Social justice is not a concept owned by the academy, for attempts to create a more just world can come from many professions, or even from no profession at all. By applying the traditionally academic peer-review process to work done by activists, artists, academics and others, we hope to retain the best aspects of the digital world, such as ease of creation and access, while producing high quality work in the face of a world threatened by information overload.

The purpose of this journal is to create a space for dynamic conversations that allow us to think about what social justice means and how we may be able to actualize such an ephemeral yet necessary idea.