Enact GU's Social Justice Mission

At the institutional level, Georgetown is deeply committed to service and social justice. As the University's mission statement states, "Georgetown educates men and women to be reflective lifelong learners, to be responsible and active participants in civic life and to live generously in service to others." This webpage serves to be a clearinghouse for the University's diverse and engaged social justice work.

As the scope of the University's work is broad, we welcome feedback and additions to this webpage. Email csjweb@georgetown.edu with questions, edits and additions. 

Community-based Learning 

UNXD 130 Social Action

UNXD 130 CBL: Social Action is a 1-credit course through Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ) that offers students the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with community engagement experience in Washington, DC. Through reflection, UNXD 130 students link a course in which they are enrolled with community-based service and social justice work. This course was previously known as the 4th Credit Option for Social Action.

Community-based Learning through the Center for Social Justice 

Administered through CSJ with faculty partners in every School, 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. The "Community-based Learning" model (often referred to as "service-learning"), attempts to capture Georgetown's central commitment to partnership with community representatives in designing mutually beneficial outcomes for CBL courses. Critically, course objectives and student community work are fundamentally integrated. Student can choose from approximately 40 designated CBL courses during an academic year.

Experiential Learning at Georgetown Law Center

A pioneer in clinical legal education, Georgetown University Law Center has the largest, strongest and most highly regarded in-house clinical program in the nation. At least 17 full-time faculty, 26 graduate fellows, and several adjunct faculty supervise and teach the 325 J.D. students who enroll in the 25 clinical courses offered by its 15 clinics each year.

The mission of the clinical program is to merge theory and practice so that students master both the practical art of lawyering and its theoretical bases while providing quality legal representation to under-represented individuals and organizations.

Service-Learning at Georgetown Medical Center 

In 2006, Service-Learning became a required part of Medical Student Education, and was incorporated into the Introduction to Health Care course. With the Doctoring curriculum reform in 2009, Service-Learning became an individual module, required for all first year medical students. The Service‐Learning Module provides a framework for self‐awareness and working effectively with medically underserved, urban communities. Students build mutually beneficial, sustainable relationships with community partners; engage in self‐reflection; and recognize their community’s health priorities and address them in culturally sensitive educational and outreach activities.

Community-based Research

 

Education

After School Kids (ASK) Program 

The After School Kids Program seeks to empower adjudicated youth in the District of Columbia to make positive changes in their lives by challenging them with new learning opportunities and teaching them the necessary skills to successfully meet those challenges.

Center on Education and the Workforce

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute affiliated with the McCourt School of Public Policy that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands. The Center seeks to inform and educate federal, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders on ways to better align education and training with labor market demand and qualifications. It also seeks to create tools that enable decision makers to access and customize the data to allow for national, state, and sub-state analysis.

DC Reads 

Georgetown DC Reads is a tutoring, mentoring and advocacy program for low-income children in 1st-3rd grade who are a grade level or more behind in literacy skills.  The program began in 1997 as the University’s response to the passage of the America Reads Act, a literacy initiative established to improve reading proficiency for all elementary students by engaging college students as volunteer and Federal Work Study-funded tutors.

DC Schools Project

Georgetown DC Schools Project is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that engages Georgetown students as volunteer and Federal Work Study-funded tutors to provide English language tutoring and support for low-income youth and adults of immigrant backgrounds in DC. The program was established in 1984 in response to the quadrupling of the language minority population in the DC public schools, as a result of the drastic increase In the immigrant population due to the civil war in El Salvador. The program seeks to improve the literacy skills and academic performance to ultimately increase the ability of the youth and adults we serve to fully participate in the cultural, civic, educational, and economic life in US society.

EduWonks 

EduWonks is a graduate student organization at Georgetown that addresses pressing educational issues through discussion, community outreach, and guest speaker events.

Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a leading nonprofit organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. In the fall of 2006, Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development launched its partnership with Jumpstart to address school readiness among preschool children deemed at-risk by their teachers in Washington, DC. Students that have been awarded Federal Work-Study as part of a financial aid package are paid $12 per hour for their service. All students, regardless of their financial need are eligible for a $1,000 AmeriCorps Education award following the successful completion of 300 hours of service.

Program on Education, Inquiry and Justice 

There is great student interest in education at Georgetown, as a vocation, as an academic pursuit, and as a means to justice. This focus on education is nourished deeply by Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition, which from its very beginnings has looked to education as a critical means to promote justice and individual well-being. In keeping with this tradition, the minor in Education, Inquiry and Justice embodies the notion that all service and action should flow from contemplation and inquiry, and adds to the lifelong development of men and women for others. Applications for the minor are accepted once a year from College sophomores.

STEM Afterschool

STEM Afterschool is a project-based science enrichment pilot program for 3rd grade students at Nalle Elementary School in DC’s Ward 7. The program began in January 2015 with approximately 20 Nalle students and 10 Georgetown tutors. It aims to increase students’ interest in and engagement with STEM topics, expand students’ awareness of STEM careers, and improve students’ academic performance in science and math coursework.

Ward 7 Initiative 

For more than 30 years, Georgetown University has engaged with communities in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 to provide educational support, mentoring, and healthcare services to students, families, and schools. The Ward 7 Initiative aligns the University’s longstanding commitment to partnership and engagement in the local community with demonstrated needs.

Environmental Justice

Center for the Environment 

Georgetown University established the Center for the Environment (CFE) in 1996 with a grant from the GU President’s Office. The CFE’s main goal is to provide an evolving forum for the discussion, dissemination, and awareness of environmental issues affecting all areas of scholarship, education, and service at Georgetown University and beyond.

The Environment Initiative

The Georgetown Environment Initiative brings together leading researchers and academics, students, and university partners to advance our understanding of and responses to complex environmental issues. Georgetown University offers unique advantages for this initiative: its strategic location in the nation’s capital and proximity to policy makers, the University’s long history of ethical engagement in the community and world, and well-established networks of research related to the environment

Georgetown Climate Center, Law Center

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. Based at the Georgetown Law Center, the Center works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders to strengthen state and federal climate partnerships. The Center analyzes the provisions of federal policy relevant to states and territories, and encourages policymakers to learn from and adopt innovative policies emerging from the states.

Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program

The Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program (GELPP) facilitates and encourages synergy among the elements that have contributed to making Georgetown a national leader in environmental and land use law.

Office of Sustainability 

The Office of Sustainability was established in 2013 as a resource and catalyst to advance the university’s sustainability mission and goals. This new office builds upon Georgetown’s Sustainability Initiative, an effort that coordinated various programs on campus to enhance sustainability at Georgetown, and builds further on President DeGioia’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social justice.

Program on Science in the Public Interest

The mission of the Georgetown University Program on Science in the Public Interest (SPI) is to provide students with concrete opportunities to address some of the most challenging science and society problems of our time. At SPI, students develop creative and practical solutions through direct dialogue with congressional staff, Members of Congress, journalists, scientists, business leaders, educators and entrepreneurs.  

Health Disparities

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) 

The GUCCHD’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, children with special needs, adults with developmental and other disabilities, and their families. A division of Georgetown University’s Department of Pediatrics, the Center is founded on an interdisciplinary approach to service, training, research, community outreach, technical assistance, and public policy. These six building blocks form a synergistic core influencing local, national, and international programs and policy. Importantly, the Center brings to bear its unique capacity on critical social issues of our time such as poverty, health and mental health inequities, homelessness, violence, and literacy.

Georgetown Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities 

The University-wide Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities seeks to identify, reduce, and ultimately eliminate disparities in health and health care by conducting broad based research, education and community engagement. This Initiative further enhances an important research portfolio within the University, trains future leaders in research in health disparities, develops leadership for related health policy, prepares professionals and future professionals to deliver state of the art services and programs to eliminate health disparities, and provides a vehicle to move from research to practice and policy.

Hoya Clinic

The HOYA Clinic is a student-driven free clinic located in the old DC General Hospital Building in Southeast Washington, DC. It is managed by medical students of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and caters to the health needs of DC’s homeless and uninsured.

Homelessness

CSJ Homelessness Outreach

The Center for Social Justice partners with the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) to serve local community members experiencing homelessness. Together with campus partners, CSJ and GMC coordinate an annual Help the Homeless Walk in the fall. CSJ also coordinates a Homelessness Outreach program through which Georgetown students can serve with volunteer or Federal Work-Study positions. Through CSJ, GU community members volunteer through a Hypothermia Outreach Team (HOT) during extreme weather.

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) was established in the 1970’s with the mission “to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, children with special needs, adults with developmental and other disabilities, and their families.” This exceptional center both directly serves vulnerable children and their families, as well as influences local, state, national and international programs and policy. GUCCHD offers trainings to improve the quality of the human services workforce, develops community initiatives to serve the most vulnerable children, and performs research that informs public policies addressing issues facing human service delivery systems and the people they serve.

Organization Assisting the Homeless Student (OATHS)

OATHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a Georgetown student chapter through the Center for Social Justice to help homeless students get what they need to enjoy, succeed, and stay in school. The goal of OATHS is to provide homeless students support for educational success.  

Humanitarian Assistance

Global Human Development Initiative

The Global Human Development Initiative Initiative represents Georgetown’s commitment to uniting and strengthening its expertise in global human development, and to leveraging the University’s global leadership and research excellence to contribute to significant impacts in the world. As a university-wide effort, the Global Human Development Initiative brings together faculty, staff, and students from across the Main Campus, Medical Center, and Law Center for an interdisciplinary approach to addressing some of today’s most pressing challenges.

Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN)

The Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) is a partnership led by faculty, staff and students at Fairfield University, Universidad Centro America (Mangua, Nicaragua) and Georgetown University. The network aims to raise awareness on Jesuit campuses of the meaning of humanitarian response and its implications for the Jesuit ideology of “men and women for others.” It aims to train student leadership teams at Jesuit institutions to develop effective campus responses to humanitarian crises, both domestic and international. The members of JUHAN aspire to accomplish these goals through humanitarianism-based content incorporated into courses at every JUHAN school, as well as through student action, student trips, and network conferences.

Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) 

The Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) applies the best in social science, legal, and policy expertise to the complex issues raised by international migration. ISIM focuses on all aspects of international migration, including the causes of and potential responses to population movements, immigration and refugee law and policy, comparative migration studies, the integration of immigrants into their host societies, and the effects of international migration on social, economic, demographic, foreign policy and national security concerns. ISIM also studies internal displacement, with particular attention to the forced movements of people for reasons that would make them refugees if they crossed an international border.

International Development Certificate, School of Foreign Service

The Certificate in International Development (IDEV) provides undergraduate SFS students with the training and background needed to understand the dimensions, challenges, and processes of global poverty and prosperity. The certificate aims to expose students to a broad, multidisciplinary range of courses as well as to core methodologies and requisite analytical tools needed to identify, measure, and assess the determinants and effects of international development.

Immigration

DC Schools Project 

Georgetown DC Schools Project is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that engages Georgetown students as volunteer and Federal Work Study-funded tutors to provide English language tutoring and support for low-income youth and adults of immigrant backgrounds in DC. The program was established in 1984 in response to a drastic increase of Spanish-speaking children in DC public schools due to the civil war in El Salvador. The program seeks to improve the literacy skills and academic performance of youth and adult participants so they may integrate fully into the cultural, civic, educational, and economic life of US society.

Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) 

The Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) applies the best in social science, legal, and policy expertise to the complex issues raised by international migration. ISIM focuses on all aspects of international migration, including the causes of and potential responses to population movements, immigration and refugee law and policy, comparative migration studies, the integration of immigrants into their host societies, and the effects of international migration on social, economic, demographic, foreign policy and national security concerns. ISIM also studies internal displacement, with particular attention to the forced movements of people for reasons that would make them refugees if they crossed an international border.

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor develops creative strategies and innovative public policy to improve workers’ lives in a changing economy. The Initiative draws on Georgetown’s distinctive identity – its commitment to intellectual excellence, grounding in the Catholic and Jesuit traditions, history of inter-religious cooperation, global reach, and prominence as an arena of policy debate in the nation’s capital – to advance prosperity, broadly-shared economic justice, and respect for the dignity of labor.

Labor

Center on Education and the Workforce 

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute affiliated with the McCourt School of Public Policy that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands. The Center seeks to inform and educate federal, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders on ways to better align education and training with labor market demand and qualifications. It also seeks to create tools that enable decision makers to access and customize the data to allow for national, state, and sub-state analysis.

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor develops creative strategies and innovative public policy to improve workers’ lives in a changing economy. The Initiative draws on Georgetown’s distinctive identity – its commitment to intellectual excellence, grounding in the Catholic and Jesuit traditions, history of inter-religious cooperation, global reach, and prominence as an arena of policy debate in the nation’s capital – to advance prosperity, broadly-shared economic justice, and respect for the dignity of labor.

LGBTQ Issues

LGBTQ Resource Center

The LGBTQ Resource Center, serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals, is the first such Center of its kind at a Catholic/Jesuit institution in the country. The Center provides education, programming, support services, and voice to Georgetown students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It is committed to understanding sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of and as it intersects with race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, ability, socio-economic status, and culture. Inspired by the Catholic and Jesuit principles of respect for the dignity of all, cura personalis, equality, and education of the whole person, the Center seeks to establish a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ community members and promote better understanding and integration with the entire campus community.

OutLAW

Outlaw’s mission is to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. This student organization at GU’s Law Center (GULC) provides a safe space and seeks to educate the GULC community about legal issues that affect the LGBT community.  

Peacebuilding and Social Justice

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of religion, ethics, and public life. Through research, teaching, and service, the Center explores global challenges of democracy and human rights; economic and social development; international diplomacy; and interreligious understanding.

Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Georgetown University's Institute for Women, Peace and Security was announced by President John J. DeGioia and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Georgetown on December 19, 2011 when the Secretary unveiled the historic United States’ National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. A University-wide initiative, the Institute is housed at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), and guided by the President’s Office and SFS Dean Carol J. Lancaster. Building on the momentum of the recently launched US Department of State Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, the University recognized a new and exciting opportunity to deepen and extend its engagement with the critical issues of our time involving women worldwide.

MA Program in Conflict Resolution

Housed in the Department of Government, the two-year multidisciplinary Master of Arts program accepted its first cohort of students in the 2005-2006 academic year. The program is on track to achieve its initial vision of establishing a world-class conflict resolution program. The program is training the next generation of researchers and practitioners with the essential skills and multi-disciplinary knowledge to effectively analyze and intervene in the complex conflicts challenging the world. Investment in conflict resolution is the most humane, just, and cost-effective manner to deal with conflicts at both interpersonal and intergroup levels.

Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS)

The Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) is a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural community of students, faculty, staff, and community partners who share a commitment to the academic study and lived pursuits of peace and social justice. At present, JUPS offers undergraduate students a program of study toward a major or a minor in the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences, a minor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and the McDonough School of Business, and a certificate in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. The Program fosters creative and collaborative envisioning to explore complex questions of practical morality and domestic and global politics.  

Postgraduate Service

Cawley Career Education Center

The Georgetown University Cawley Career Education Center teaches students how to identify career opportunities that fit with their values, interests, personality, and skills. We empower students by providing resources designed to foster the development of career management skills that will serve them as competent professionals. We facilitate specialized programs and create relationships to connect students with employers and generate internship and full-time opportunities. The Cawley Career Education Center integrates the Jesuit tradition in its work with students by caring for and encouraging the development of the whole person.

Options Series

The Options Series, sponsored by the Center for Social Justice, the Cawley Career Education Center and the Office of Campus Ministry, is an event series that provides students the opportunity to explore the option of postgraduate service. The series is comprised of three events: the Options Panel, at which alumni panelists who have completed terms of service toanswer questions in a moderator format; the Options Fair, a recruitment fair for service organizations to connect with students interested in postgraduate service; and the Discernment Dinner, a dinner to discuss and reflect on post-graduate service discernment with alumni who are currently serving or who have completed terms of service.

Poverty

Hoya Outreach Programs and Education (HOPE)

H.O.P.E. (Hoyas Outreach Programs and Education) is student organization through the Center for Social Justice dedicated to community involvement and service. H.O.P.E service projects focus on issues of hunger and homelessness.

Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, Law Center

The Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy at Georgetown’s Law Center works with policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to develop effective policies and practices to alleviate poverty and inequality in the United States. The Center's areas of anti-poverty work include policy and program recommendations to help marginalized girls, effective workforce and education policies and programs for disconnected youth, and the development of policy to combat deep poverty.  

Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Law Center

The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy is the country’s premier law journal on poverty issues. As part of its mission to bring an end to the desperate conditions afflicting so many in this wealthy nation, the Journal publishes articles from distinguished law professors and practitioners in poverty-related fields. In addition, the Journal features student research, works from scholars in poverty-related disciplines, and the "voices" of persons living in poverty. The Journal's unique, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary approach to poverty issues and law represents a groundbreaking approach to scholarly publication. Consistent with its mission, the Journal is also actively involved in local community outreach and works with legal and social service organizations to provide assistance to those in need.

Social Entrepreneurship

Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation exists to inspire and prepare students, faculty and global leaders with the necessary skills to generate and innovate solution-based social change both locally and internationally. It promotes collaborative spaces for fostering innovation and provide experiential opportunities to pragmatically impact the social sector.

Global Social Enterprise Initiative

The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that create both economic and social value. GSEI engages corporate, nonprofit, government, and other stakeholders to advance the understanding of social enterprise.

Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Clinic, Law Center

The Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center offers free corporate and transactional legal services to social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and select small businesses in Washington, D.C. Through the Clinic, law students learn to translate theory into practice by engaging in the supervised practice of law for educational credit. The Clinic's goals are consistent with Georgetown University's long tradition of public service.

Social Innovation Public Service (SIPS) Fund

The SIPS Fund is a commitment by Georgetown to support and invest in innovative ventures that have a social impact and serve the public good. Any and all students who graduated from or are currently enrolled in one of Georgetown’s four undergraduate schools since the class of 2001 (inclusive) are eligible to apply for funding. The SIPS Fund is housed at the Center for Social Justice and advised by CSJ’s Associate Director, Ray Shiu. Alumni, professors, staff and students serve on its Board.  

StartupHoyas 

With the support of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship initiative enables students to see the world as entrepreneurs do, while providing the knowledge and skills they need to act on their insights and add value to society. Under the banner of StartupHoyas, this initiative provides a growing suite of academic, extracurricular, and off-campus programs, and connects students to accomplished alumni, industry experts, entrepreneurs and business executives. Their mission is to create a culture of entrepreneurship throughout the Georgetown Universitycommunity and to ensure that every graduate and undergraduate student has the opportunity to explore and experience what is means to behave like an entrepreneur. Learn more about social entrepreneurship at Georgetown

Social Justice Leadership

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders program takes place throughout the first six weeks of the Fall semester and is designed to help first and second year students explore leadership at Georgetown University and beyond. The program fuses leadership development with an orientation into Georgetown's leadership opportunities via a mentorship program with on-campus leaders. At the end of the program, students understand nuances of leadership theory and put them into practice on campus.

Saxa Synchronicity Retreat

Saxa Synchronicity is a retreat that offers developing student leaders an opportunity for thoughtful exploration of identity and social justice issues and personal-success strategies with fellow students and staff.

Social Justice Roundtable

In Spring 2014, the Center for Social Justice (CSJ), the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor (KI), and the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) at Georgetown University inaugurated the Social Justice Roundtable (formerly known as the Social Justice Leadership Training Institute or SJLTI), a small-group intensive experience for undergraduate students who wish to deepen their commitment to and engagement with issues of social justice. Through an 8-week skills-building, cohort-based experience with accomplished social justice activists and one another, Roundtable participants learn and reflect on ways to creatively and effectively work for social justice.

Student Leadership Opportunities with CSJ

There are diverse opportunities for leadership within the CSJ. As a volunteer or through Federal Work-Study funded position, students can: serve as a coordinator for one of CSJ’s signature programs; take on a leadership position in one of the 50+ student social justice organizations; advise student groups by serving as a member of CSJ’s Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO); become a board member or trip leader for Alternative Spring Break; be a FOCI leader; or apply to the Executive Board of the Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) fund. These are some of the ways Georgetown students commit their time and energy as social justice leaders.

Pre-Orientation Programs

A variety of special programs offered at Georgetown, both before New Student Orientation and throughout your first year, that provide students with opportunities for discovery and adventure. Whether you explore the outdoors, volunteer on community service projects, enhance your leadership skills, or broaden your scholarly horizons, you will learn more about yourself and meet new friends.