There are diverse opportunities for leadership within the Center for Social Justice. 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 35+ 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 Break Program; 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.

Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) Advisor

As a member of CSJ ABSO, a student advisor commits to both the student organizations one serves and fellow ABSO members. An advisor spends between 3-8 hours a week committed to ABSO, beginning with the full advisory board weekly meeting, as well as additional work for their specific position. All CSJ ABSO members also serve as advisors for 3-5 student organizations and are responsible for connecting with their individual student organization’s leadership team to serve as a liaison between the student organization and ABSO. Interested students should contact csjabso@georgetown.edu.

After School Kids (ASK) Program Coordinator Positions

ASK Program coordinators work directly with the ASK Program Director to facilitate and implement programming for our youth participants. Coordinators recruit, support, train, and guide the ASK Program mentors as they establish a one-on-one relationship and carry out a targeted, individualized curriculum.  ASK Coordinators collaborate together and with the Program Director to create engaging lesson plans and present them during evening site. Coordinators engage directly with community partners, family members, and other social service professionals. They are also responsible for official reporting and may appear in court to advocate on behalf of youth participants. Interested students should contact CSJ’s ASK Program Director at ask@georgetown.edu.

Alternative Breaks Program

There are many opportunities to serve in a leadership role with the Alternative Breaks Program (ABP). ABP relies on students to develop new trips, volunteer as trip leaders, and serve as ABP Board members.  

ABP Board

The ABP Board is a team that serves as the central coordinating body for all CSJ Alternative Breaks trips. Its passionate members work collaboratively with CSJ staff and trip leaders to plan ABP programming and advise individual trips. The Board collaborates on major decisions  – whether they fall under mission, marketing, fundraising, or development. Stemming from this collaboration, each Board member takes on individual responsibilities based on his or her role, and also advises a small group of trips. Specific responsibilities of the Board include, but are not limited to:

  • coordinating communication among participants, leaders, board, and professional staff;
  • planning leader-wide meetings and training sessions;
  • developing the structure and schedule of the planning, pre-trip, and post-trip processes;
  • planning information sessions for potential applicants;
  • liaising with on-campus partners; and
  • developing applications for participants, leaders, board, and new trips.

Serving on the board is a substantial, rewarding time commitment which depending on the schedule of programming. Interested students should consider Board service as a primary commitment, in addition to the time dedicated to planning an ABP trip. The application for the ABP Board is available in the Spring. Questions regarding ABP Board positions should be directed to altbreaks@georgetown.edu.

ABP Trip Leader

ABP trip leaders are the primary planners for all ABP trips, working collaboratively with the ABP Board and CSJ professional staff. Working within the framework of ABP’s model of social justice immersion, leaders develop their leadership, project management, and reflection skills. Responsibilities of leaders include, but are not limited to:

  • developing a mission statement for their trip;
  • identifying and liaising with community partners;
  • developing a day-by-day itinerary for their trip that includes all programming and meals;
  • facilitating reflection on their trips;
  • managing their trip’s budget; and
  • developing several pre-trip and post-trip activities.

Serving as a trip leader is a significant and rewarding time commitment. The time commitment varies depending on the schedule of programming, but planning an ABP trip is one of each leader’s primary commitments on campus, beginning in April of the previous year and continuing through April after trip. The Trip Leader application is available annually in mid-Spring semester. Questions regarding ABP Trip Leaders should be directed to altbreaks@georgetown.edu.

New Trip Development

It is a priority of ABP is to form and develop quality trips that have a social justice focus. The program is particularly interested in expanding to include trip themes not yet explored. Students may apply alone or with a co-leader in mind. All new trip applications go through an initial screening, and if selected, have an opportunity to work with members of the ABP Board and CSJ staff throughout the year to develop ideas for social justice engagement into a trip. The New Trip application is available in the Spring. Questions regarding New Trip Development should be directed to altbreaks@georgetown.edu.

DC Reads Coordinator Positions

DC Reads coordinators collaborate with the DC Reads Program Director to recruit, train and provide ongoing support to approximately 200 tutors, as well as plan enrichment events for tutors and field trips for tutees and their families. Each coordinator directly supervises a team of 10 tutors, provides feedback on weekly lesson plans, and manages participants’ behavioral issues, and serves as a liaison between school officials, parents, community members and the DC Reads program. Interested students should contact CSJ’s DC Reads Program Director at dcreads@georgetown.edu.

DC Schools Project Coordinator Positions

DC Schools Project coordinators work at both the organization and the program levels to provide tutoring for elementary through high school age students and their families. Coordinators recruit, support, train, and guide DC Schools Program tutors in developing individualized lesson plans and activities for learning and strengthening tutees’ English skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and comprehension. Coordinators engage with community partner organizations, tutees and their families, with tutors, and education professionals. Interested students should contact CSJ’s DC Schools Project Program Director at dcsp@georgetown.edu.

First Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI) Leader

After extensive planning and preparation, FOCI Leaders guide 54 incoming first year and transfer students in a pre-orientation program the week before New Student Orientation (NSO). Leaders serve as mentors as the participants actively engage in a week of community service; discover and reflect on the diverse populations, perspectives, and roles in the Georgetown and Washington, DC communities; develop the capacity for leadership; and become part of a Georgetown community committed to personal growth through service. Throughout FOCI week, leaders facilitate a series of reflective discussions to explore issues of social justice and to exchange ideas on social responsibility. FOCI leaders maintain their roles as mentors to first-year students throughout the academic year and host informal get togethers and events. Interested students should contact foci@georgetown.edu

SIPS Fund, Executive Committee

The Fund for Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) works to  provide financial resources and institutional support for Georgetown community members yearning to make an impact on a particular social justice issue in the world. SIPS supports the creativity and passion of Georgetown’s unique student body to catalyze social change. The SIPS Executive Committee is an 8-member student board which manages the day-to-day operations of the Fund. Interested students should contact sips@georgetown.edu

Student Organization Leaders

Students are encouraged to learn more about the 35+ existing social justice student organizations and get involved as a group member or serve on the organization’s leadership team. As time and issues change, there can become the need for student organizations with new or different social justice missions. Students interested in forming a new student organization with a social justice mission are encouraged to contact ASBO for an initial meeting. There is a call for new student organizations at the beginning of each semester; students complete an application to enter the New Club Development process in order for the organization to be granted access to benefits. Interested students should contact csjabso@georgetown.edu