The Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) is an advisory and funding board of the Center for Social Justice that works to support the missions of student organizations under the CSJ’s purview. The board is composed of 10-14 students, and 2 faculty or staff members. ABSO oversees, facilitates, and provides resources to student-run social justice service activities, student advocacy, and community involvement activities at Georgetown. ABSO is responsible for advising student organization leaders on programming and budgeting, and serves as a resource for understanding university policy. ABSO also reviews and approves budgets for CSJ student groups each year.
Opportunities to Get Involved
As a member of CSJ's ABSO, a student advisor commits to serving both the student organizations and fellow ABSO members. An advisor spends between 3-8 hours a week committed to ABSO, including the full advisory board weekly meeting, and work for their specific position. All ABSO members serve as advisors for 3-5 student organizations and are responsible for connecting with the student organization’s leadership team to serve as a liaison between the student organization and ABSO. Interested students should contact email@example.com.
Resources for CSJ Student Organizations
Funded and Non-Funded Event Approval
CSJ student organizations can request funding for an upcoming event or get approval for an unfunded event by filling out the appropriate forms on ABSO’s Hoyalink webpage. Requests must be made before 12:00 pm on Tuesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters and at least 2 weeks prior to the proposed event.
Student organizations leaders are encouraged to review University policies via ABSO’s HoyaLink webpage before submitting requets for event funding. Included in this document is information on Georgetown’s funding and alcohol policies.
Every CSJ student organization is provided with a student ABSO advisor and a CSJ team member advisor. Student organization leaders can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions about who their advisors are.
All student organization presidents and treasurers are required to attend the Blueprint Training one time per academic year. The training is good for one academic year. All new student organization presidents and treasurers must attend the Blueprint Training (even if the former president or treasurer attended the previous semester). Student organizations register for Blueprint via Hoyalink at the beginning of the semester. An e-mail is sent to all student organization leaders indicating how to register for the training. Questions regarding Blueprint Training can be directed to CSJ ABSO.
Protection of Minors Training
Members of student organizations which work with children under 18 are required to attend a Protection of Minors training. Questions regarding Protection of Minors Training can be directed to CSJ ABSO.
CSJ ABSO falls under Georgetown University's Protection of Minors policy.