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.
Faculty Social Justice and Community-Based Research
The Center for Social Justice is committed to supporting faculty conducting social justice and community-based research. CSJ can assist faculty in locating appropriate community partners for collaboration. CSJ's own programs also offer potential for faculty interested in conducting research broadly on civic engagement, student attitudes towards social justice issues or literacy interventions, among other inquiries. Interested faculty should contact CSJ's Executive Director, Dr. Andria Wisler.
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.
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 for particular courses. 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.
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.
Infuse your course with social justice
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 Georgetown Assistance Program (GAP) through the Center for Social Justice is seeking your help with social justice and volunteer programs during Spring Break (March 5-12, 2016). CSJ needs faculty, staff, and alumni assistance during this time so that the populations we work with can continue to receive services and remain engaged in impactful programming even when our student volunteers are away. CSJ has two opportunities available with a wide range of time options, seven days a week.
There are many opportunities to volunteer and serve in the greater Washington, DC area. Visit our Opportunities in DC page to access several search engines that match volunteers with local non-profit organizations based on area of interest.
Help Hoyas explore postgrad service opportunities by volunteering to be available to share your experiences with them. This is part of the work of Georgetown University's Service Work Advisory Group (SWAG) to better support students in their postgraduate service discernment. Please contact Erin C. Ferree with questions.