The work of the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) is greatly supported by Georgetown's committed faculty. Faculty serve as speakers, trainers and mentors for CSJ programs and teach courses that deeply engage students into issues of social justice and within DC's diverse communities. CSJ supports faculty on their community-based research and in introducing them to community partners.
Fellows serve on a 3-year term, receive a small stipend annually, and represent CSJ or assist CSJ in its activities in various ways appropriate to their expertise. Faculty interested in serving as a CSJ Faculty Fellow are invited to contact CSJ’s Executive Director, Dr. Andria Wisler.
The BIG Initiative is a framework that supports faculty who want to share their research interests with students and teachers in the greater Washington, DC community - having a positive and direct impact beyond the traditional scholarly or translational science venues. Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, Associate Professor of Biology and a long-time leader in science outreach initiatives at Georgetown, serves as the first Director of Science Education Outreach, housed at CSJ.
Community-based Learning (CBL) is an academic course-based pedagogy that involves student work with disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups, or organizations working with and for disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups. There are approximately 40 undergraduate CBL courses during the academic year offered at Georgetown. CSJ supports the administration of CBL as well as works closely with faculty who wish to implement CBL into new or existing courses.
CSJ team members welcome the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff across the University to discuss ways in which social justice themes, speakers and inquiries can be infused into a wide spectrum of courses and programs. CSJ can offer pedagogical, assessment and content-based resources as well as provide introductions to appropriate social justice speakers and partners, locally and globally. To schedule a meeting, contact CSJ’s Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator, Amanda Munroe.
The Center for Social Justice supports faculty conducting social justice and community-based research by matching them with students who are interested in gaining hands-on research experience. Research teams present their research at a symposium in the Spring.
CSJ partners with Mr. Carroll Brown to provide 3-4 hours immersive social justice tours of Washington, DC with experienced tour guides, both Georgetown and DC partners, several times a semester. Specially-themed bus tours can be arranged for particular courses as well. The tour serves as an introduction to DC’s rich social justice history as well as its current challenges around inequality and inequity. Faculty interested in creating and leading a theme-based social justice tour or arranging a specific tour for a class should contact CSJ’s Executive Director, Dr. Andria Wisler.