Global Social Justice Summer Research Symposium

Our annual Global Social Justice Research Symposium, hosted by the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service (CSJ), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, and the Center for Research & Fellowships took place on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 10:00am ET – 2:00pm ET. The recordings will be posted here shortly. In the meantime, read this wonderful write-up of the Symposium from our colleagues in the Georgetown College!

Our student researchers have conducted compelling, timely, interdisciplinary research under significant constraints and precautions. Their creativity and resilience has been remarkable. We are so proud of them and are eager for them to share with you where they are in the research process. 

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10:00am: Welcome // Education & Social Justice Fellows

  • The Education & Social Justice (ESJ) Fellowship is a 12+ years old exemplary collaboration between the Berkley Center and CSJ. Our 2022 ESJ fellows conducted fieldwork in-person, following all local and Georgetown public health guidelines:
    • Sarah Craig (SFS’23) conducted field research at our Jesuit peer, Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama;
    • Kartikeya Uniyal (GU-Q’23) based his field research at St. John’s Beaumont outside of London, England, and visited several Jesuit primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom; and
    • Viktoria Hengelbrok (COL’23) was based in Lisbon, Portugal with a wonderful host, Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira ONGD Jesuíta and conducted research there.

11:00am: Laidlaw Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholars

  • Renée Clark (C’24), a comparative case study analyzing the socio-political role of churches in small town Appalachia and historically within black urban communities
  • Dami Kim (C’24), created the Frederick Douglass Anthology which makes the abolitionist, writer, and orator’s most prominent works accessible online
  • Cade Spencer (C’25), a critical policy analysis of current Texas dyslexia law to propose key priorities for the dyslexia crisis within the criminal justice system in Texas
  • Syed Kumail Zaidi (SFS’24)

12:00pm: Lunch for Registered Attendees

12:30pm: Summer Research Fellowships // Closing

  • Kerry O’Donnell (SFS’23), 2022 David F. Andretta Fellow, the role of memory and oral history in sustaining vulnerable outlying island cultures on Monhegan Island, off the coast of Maine

Read the Student Researchers’ Bios and Abstracts

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