Center for Social Justice is home to several staff-run programs and 35 student organizations, which are committed to advancing social justice in diverse fields, such as education, juvenile justice, human trafficking, hunger, and homelessness. CSJ also integrates academic course work with social justice action by coordinating UNXD 130 Social Action and the Community-based Learning (CBL) program.
The After School Kids (ASK) Program seeks to empower at-potential youth in the District of Columbia to make positive strides in their lives by challenging them with new learning opportunities and teaching them the necessary skills to successfully meet those challenges. Approximately 60 Georgetown students participate in ASK each semester as coordinators and tutors.
The Alternative Breaks Program (ABP) provides students with opportunities for social justice immersion in communities across the United States and abroad. Currently, the program supports more than 25 trips that examine a diverse set of social justice issues ranging from poverty to prison reform. All participants serve under the guidance of the five ABP pillars: justice immersion, cultural immersion, service, reflection, and substance-free fun. ABP fosters lasting commitments to social justice and strives to build long-term relationships with community partners.
In collaboration with many campus and community partners, CSJ hosts several Center-wide events during the academic year including Education Week, Social Justice Week, Fall Fest, Spring Fling, the Junior Science and Humanities Regional Symposium, and Heart of the Harvey. Two signature events include: the CSJ Celebration, held the evening of the last Sunday of the Spring semester; and the Social Justice Send-Off, held the Friday morning of Commencement weekend in May.
Georgetown DC Reads is a tutoring, mentoring and advocacy program for 1st through 5th grade students who are a grade level or more behind in their literacy skills. This 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. Over twenty student coordinators lead the program through which over 200 Georgetown students each semester have weekly tutoring commitments at elementary schools and community centers in Ward 7.
DC Schools Project (DCSP) is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that engages Georgetown students as volunteer and Federal Work Study tutors to provide English language tutoring and support for low-income youth and adults of immigrant backgrounds in Washington, DC. The program was established in 1984 in response to the quadrupling of the language minority population in DC public schools, as a result of the drastic increase of DC’s immigrant population due to the civil war in El Salvador. The program seeks to improve participants’ literacy skills and academic performance to ultimately increase the ability of the youth and adult participants to fully engage in the cultural, civic, educational, and economic life of American society. Fifteen student coordinators lead DCSP through which over 160 Georgetown students each semester have weekly commitments to one of its sub-programs.
First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI) is an intensive pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students. FOCI serves as an introduction to community service, volunteering, activism, and social justice issues in the Washington, DC community. FOCI participants (called "focians") actively engage in community service; discover and reflect on the diverse populations, perspectives, and roles in the Georgetown and Washington, DC communities; develop their capacity for leadership; and become part of a community committed to personal growth through service and reflection at the beginning of their undergraduate careers. FOCI is led by two student captains and 14 student leaders.
CSJ partners with the Georgetown Ministry Center, an organization serving the diverse communities of Georgetown, dedicated to guiding homeless individuals towards stability and housing through street outreach; creating a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect; and by educating the community about homelessness. Georgetown students support various client-focused programs and projects. CSJ also hosts a Hypothermia Outreach Team (HOT) through which GU community members conduct street outreach on an as-needed basis during times of extreme weather. Volunteers are trained and provided emergency supplies for distribution.
CSJ works with faculty across Georgetown’s campuses to infuse social justice issues, speakers, and pedagogies into their curricula. CSJ administers the program in Community-based Learning (CBL), 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, that is structured to meet community-defined needs. CSJ also offers UNXD 130: CBL Social Action. Through this 1-credit course, undergraduate students have the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with community engagement experiences in the Washington, DC community during the semester.
STEM Afterschool is a project-based science enrichment program for 2nd and 3rd grade students at public schools in DC. 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.
CSJ grants access to benefits to over 35 student organizations that work in local, national, and global communities. Student organizations are overseen by the CSJ Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO), a group of student leaders who facilitate and provide resources to student-led social justice, service, and advocacy student organizations at Georgetown University.
The Summer College Access Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P.) is a college preparation and mentorship program working with high school students in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center through which Georgetown Summer Educators serve as teaching assistants, mentors, and facilitators for afternoon workshops towards college preparation. C.A.M.P. mentors work with youth from Cardozo High School's International Academy, Roosevelt High School, and Wilson High School.
The Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL) is an eight-week summer program open to undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for a meaningful experience engaging in educational issues by working in a classroom setting. Georgetown students spend three weeks in intensive training, and five weeks co-teaching. SITL partners with DC Public Schools’ summer school, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations to reduce summer learning loss and provide academic enrichment opportunities to underserved youth.