Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service

CSJ Programs

Center for Social Justice is home to several staff-run programs and over 40 student organizations, which are committed to advancing social justice in diverse fields, including education, juvenile justice, support for immigrant communities, literacy, and homelessness. CSJ also integrates academic course work with social justice action by coordinating the Community-based Learning (CBL) program, and working with faculty across the University to infuse social justice content and pedagogies into their classrooms.


Advisory Board for Student Organizations

CSJ’s student advisory board serves fellow Hoyas by supporting 40+ student organizations on programs, allocating up to $180,000 in funding, in order to advance social justice on the Hilltop and beyond.

Advisory Board For Student Organizations (ABSO)


After School Kids

Mentor teens impacted by the cradle-to-prison pipeline, get to know historic DC neighborhoods, and reflect on critical issues of racial justice and mass incarceration.

After School Kids (ASK)


Alternative Breaks Program

Participate in a year-long immersion with a trip to a local, national, or global community. Develop your social justice leadership skills by planning and leading trips as an ABP immersion leader.

Alternative Breaks Program (ABP)

COI Abigail Austria (C'22) working at CSJ front desk

Center Operations Team

Serve as the first point of contact in a busy non-profit organization setting, and support our CSJ Vans as a driver or fleet assistant as a member of the Center Operations Team. Federal Work Study students only!

Center Operations Team


Center-Wide Events

Participate in events including the annual Global Social Justice Research Symposium, CSJ Celebration, Social Justice Send-Off, and programs during Hunger & Homelessness Week (November) and Social Justice Week (February).

Center-Wide Events


DC Reads

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 Reads


DC Schools Project

Engage in weekly lesson-planning and tutor twice a week with members of DC’s immigrant community to improve English language and literacy skills – 1:1, with a small group, or class-room style, ranging from elementary-age students to adults.

DC Schools Project (DCSP)



Co-facilitate project-based science, tech, engineering, and math explorations for elementary school students to increase their engagement with STEM, expand their awareness of STEM careers, and improve their academics.



First Year Orientation to Community Involvement

Georgetown’s oldest pre-orientation program for first-year students – Hoyas serve in the DC community, develop their capacity for leadership, explore issues of social injustice, and begin a life-long habit of reflection.



Georgetown Jumpstart

Commit 10-12 hours/week on two afternoons and one morning to be with children in a preschool classroom to build their language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills through reading, dramatic play, puzzles, and art.

Georgetown Jumpstart

Khari Brown, winner of 2022 Legacy of a Dream Award.

Legacy of a Dream Internship

Intern with a DC-based community organization whose leader has been recognized by the University’s annual John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. LoaD Interns use their skills, time, and energy to support organizations as needed. Federal Work Study students only!

Legacy of a Dream (LoaD) Internship


Homelessness Outreach | Meals | Education

Further DC’s goal to end chronic homelessness by accompanying people experiencing homelessness at CSJ’s partner organizations in day-to-day operations.

HOME Program


Student Academic Assistants

Student Academic Assistants support faculty scholarship and courses that are social justice-based and may include community-based learning opportunities with partners in DC. Federal Work Study students only!

Student Academic Assistants (SAA)


Social Innovation and Public Service Fund

Serve on the Executive Committee of the SIPS Fund, a $1.5 million student-run fund that allocates approximately $60,000 in financial awards every year to help students and alumni with their social ventures.



Social Justice in the Classroom

Apply your coursework through an immersive and experiential community-based learning (CBL) course. Engage in community partnerships and integrate field work with academic learning through reflection.

Social Justice in the Classroom


Student Organizations

The Center for Social Justice grants access to benefits to over 40 Georgetown student organizations that serve with and advocate for DC, national, and global communities on a range of social justice issues.

Student Organizations


Pathways to Social Justice Academy

Work as a mentor for CSJ’s summer 2-week high school program which is grounded in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and the Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement framework; housing and meals provided from June 5 – at least July 21.

Pathways to Social Justice Academy

build bridges

Summer Immigrant Rights and Advocacy Program

In partnership with local/grassroots migrant justice organizations, summer interns will be working with im/migrant families on issues related to education and im/migrant justice advocacy, 35-40 hours/week.

SIRA Program