Center for Social Justice is home to several staff-run programs and over 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.
After School Kids Program (ASK)
Tutor teens impacted by the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline where you will get to know historic DC neighborhoods, develop hands-on nonprofit experience, and be part of a team-focused environment reflecting on the critical issues of racial justice and mass incarceration.
Alternative Breaks Program (ABP)
Participate in a service and immersion trip to a local, national, or international community, or develop your social justice leadership skills by planning and leading a trip as an Alternative Breaks Program (ABP) trip leader or board member.
The CSJ collaborates with campus and community partners to host several Center-wide events including Education Week, Social Justice Week, Fall Fest, Spring Fling, the Junior Science and Humanities Regional Symposium, Heart of the Harvey, the CSJ Celebration, and the Social Justice Send-Off.
Tutor, mentor, and advocate for DC's elementary school children who are a grade level or more behind in literacy skills by providing one-to-one teaching and support that fosters a love for learning and improves students' overall academic performance.
DC Schools Project
Engage in weekly lesson-planning and tutor twice a week with members of DC's immigrant community to improve English languare and literacy skills, either 1:1, with a small group, or class-room style with individuals of all ages, ranging from elementary-age students to adults.
First Year Orientation to Community Involvement
Serve as a leader in the First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI) pre-orientation program by guiding up to 54 incoming first-year students the week before New Student Orientation in which students serve in the DC community while developing their capacity for leadership, exploring issues of social injustice, and practicing reflection.
HOME Program: Homelessness Outreach | Meals | Education
Further the District of Columbia's goal to end Chronic Homelessness by accompanying people experiencing homelessness at CSJ's partner organizations in day-to-day operations such as welcoming guests, coordinating shower and laundry service programs, passing out food and clothing donations, conducting outreach, and most importantly, having meaningful conversations with guests.
Commit to two afternoon sessions and one morning per week (10-12 hrs per week) serving in a preschool classroom alongside a Jumpstart team to help children to build their language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills through activities like reading, dramatic play, puzzles, and art.
Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Programs
Apply your coursework through an immersive and experiential community-based learning (CBL) class - engage in community partnerships and integrate field work with academic learning through reflection.
STEM Afterschool Program
Co-facilitate hands-on, project-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematical explorations for groups of elementary school children in DC's Ward 7 to increase students’ engagement with STEM topics, expand students’ awareness of STEM careers, and improve students’ academic performance in science and math coursework.
Join the CSJ's student advisory board to serve with a team of 10-14 fellow Hoyas who support social justice organizations on programming advice, budget allocation up to $180,000 and advancing social justice on the Hilltop and beyond.
Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning
Engage educational issues by working in a classroom setting the Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL) eight-week summer program open to undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for a meaningful experience working to reduce summer learning loss and provide academic enrichment opportunities for underserved youth.
CSJ Evening Programs Drivers Team
Make possible our DC Schools Project and ASK evening programs by first receiving training on feeling comfortable driving a 12-passenger van and navigating the city and routes, and then driving weekday evenings, with any combination of days and shifts available for your selection, Monday through Thursday.
Center Operations Interns
Serve as the first point of contact for visitors and callers to the Center for Social Justice, and spend weekly shifts implementing projects assigned by the CSJ staff, supporting staff research, facilitatating daily operations, and creating a welcoming environment in the Center.