• CSJ Workshop April 18

    CSJ Workshop April 18


Upcoming SPRING 2017 Workshops

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:15pm - 8:00pm, St. Mary's 124. RSVP hereQs to CSJ's Brendan Burke.

Keeping Children Safe: Volunteering, Interning, and Researching with Overseas Children’s Organizations with Amy Spelz Travis.

About the Workshop: Child abuse is a hidden and overlooked form of injustice worldwide.  The World Health Organization finds that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 13 men have been sexually abused as a child. UNICEF estimates 3 in 5 boy and girls are subject to violent discipline.  While North America and many European countries have strong child protective services, many emerging countries do not.  This makes any international work, whether volunteering, interning, or researching, difficult when dealing with children.  When choosing an organization to work with, how do you know if that organization is keeping children safe?  How can you protect children and yourself when you are overseas with this organization?  How can you advocate for better practices if you have concerns? During this workshop, we will develop skills and tools for assessing organizations’ child safety practices, for your own practices for working with children, and for advocating for better practices within an organization.

About the Presenter: Amy Spelz Travis is the founder of Child Protection Toolkit, a resource for small and grassroots, international nonprofits, to protect children from child abuse.  This project grew out of her experiences working at orphanages and schools in Liberia and Kenya. Finding many small international nonprofit organizations struggling with child abuse and keeping children safe, she is developing online, easy to use, customizable resources for creating strong safeguarding and positive skill building for better practices. Amy graduated with a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European University Center for Peace Studies.  In addition to her work on CPT, she is a consultant at Intercultural Consultation Services and a board member at Franciscan Works.

pasT Workshops

Friday, September 16, 1:45pm - 3:00pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room. RSVP here.

Equity, Empathy, and Empowerment: Building a Skillset for Effective Social Justice Research with Black Boys and Men with Dr. Jocelyn R. Smith Lee (Marist College)

About the workshop:  Visible violence enacted against Black males has reenergized a commitment to social justice issues among many social science researchers, yet many scholars lack the training necessary for conducting ethical and empowering research with Black boys and men. Without proper preparation, well-intentioned researchers may perpetuate historic injuries of injustice and exacerbate distrust between academic institutions and communities of color. Drawing on a qualitative study of trauma and violence among Black males in Baltimore City, workshop participants will learn skills essential to conducting rigorous, impactful, and empathic research with marginalized groups. After naming their own social justice passions, workshop participants will examine historical and contemporary factors shaping Black males’ engagement in research studies while exploring strategies for building trust, equity, and community partnerships. Next, participants will learn how to responsibly recruit and interview Black male study participants. Attendees will engage in reflexive exercises to identify how race, gender, class and other intersectional factors may create points of connection and blind spots in prospective research with Black males and other communities of color. Participants will also learn how to write-up qualitative findings so that the voices and narratives of study participants remain central in research products. Finally, participants will discuss the dissemination of research findings and deepen their understandings of the power of qualitative methods to advance social change, heal, and affirm the humanity of oppressed populations.

About the presenter: Dr. Jocelyn R. Smith Lee is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her scholarship investigates trauma, violence, and loss among Black boys and young men. Specifically, she examines the experience of homicide survivorship and works to understand how losing friends or family members to violence shapes the health, well-being, and success of Black males across the life course. Dr. Smith Lee’s research in this area has been published in journals including the American Journal of Public Health and presented at numerous national meetings. Before joining the faculty in Psychology at Marist, Dr. Smith Lee completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH). Jocelyn R. Smith Lee completed her PhD in Family Science and her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Maryland, College Park. While living in the Washington, D.C. metro region, she served as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and community settings where she provided individual, couple, family, and group therapy to a diversity of clients.

This workshop is part of a the CSJ's annual Global Social Justice Research Symposium. 

Friday, October 7, 3:00pm-4:30pm in Center for Social Justice (130 Poulton Hall). 

CSJ Workshop during Options SeriesHow to Make a Living and Change the World with Dr. Craig Zelizer (Peace and Collaborative Development Network)

About the workshop: This highly interactive workshop will provide students with concrete tools and resources to advance a changemaking career. We will explore topics including how to develop critical skills to advance one’s career, explore the range of sectors, how to effectively market one’s skills, and emerging trends. This will be an fun and engaging workshop where students will learn by doing. All participants should also bring three copies of their resume. 

About the presenter: Craig Zelizer (@CraigZelizer) is the Founder and CEO of PCDN, the go-to hub for global social change.  From 2005 to 2016 he served as professor the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University before stepping down in June 2016 to work on PCDN full time. Craig has dedicated his life to being an entrepreneur and to creating a more peaceful world.  Before creating PCDN, Craig also helped to found two NG0s – the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the TEAM foundation in Hungary. Craig serves on a number of boards and advisory boards including the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the Inzone Project, Tech Change, Move this World, Amani Institute, and several others. He spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. 

Craig has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education. His most recent edited book is Integrated Peacebuilding(2013, Westview Press) and most recent article is "The Role of Conflict Resolution Graduate Education in Training the Next Generation of Practitioners and Scholars" in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

This workshop was part of CSJ's Options Series.

Thursday, November 10, 6:15pm-8:00pm, Reiss 112. 

CSJ Workshop: Working with Trauma-Affected Youth with Dr. Vivian Jackson, LICSW. 

About the presenter: Vivian Jackson is a member of the faculty of the TA Center and the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Dr. Jackson is a social worker with over 40 years of experience as a practitioner, supervisor, manager and trainer in health, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, managed care, system reform and cultural competency. She provides technical assistance and consultation related to cultural and linguistic competence for the SAMHSA Children’s Mental Health Initiative. Her BA degree is from Oberlin College, her MSW from Howard University School of Social Work and her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Dr. Jackson’s work has encompassed training and technical assistance on various aspects of cultural and linguistic competence with a range of audiences to include: behavioral health managed care organizations, programs for children with special healthcare needs, state  mental health cultural competence offices, home visiting programs, child welfare programs, community mental health programs, residential services, accrediting bodies, and addiction services providers.

This workshop was part of CSJ's Education Week. 

Wednesday, January 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Center for Social Justice (130 Poulton Hall). No RSVP required. Qs to CSJ's Executive Director, Dr. Andria Wisler.

Information Session on the Fulbright Fellowship Program for CSJ Students with Dr. Laura Perille, Assistant Director of Georgetown University's Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources (GOFAR).

About the Workshop: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to partake in graduate study, research, and English teaching assistantships. The program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries. Join us for an information session hosted by Georgetown's Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources as we discuss eligibility, scholarship details, and much more! Students who participate in CSJ programs may be particularly competitive for Fulbright grants! For more information and to be included on the listserv, please email

About the presenter: Dr. Laura Perille joined the Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources as the Assistant Director in September 2016. In this role, she administers the Carroll Fellows Initiatives, Georgetown’s seven-semester flagship program for high-achieving undergraduates across disciplines. She also provides guidance and support to undergraduates pursuing a range of competitive national and international fellowship opportunities. Dr. Perille graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Colby College with a double major in history and English before going on to complete her master’s and Ph.D. in history at Brown University. Her doctoral work focused on interactions with – and discourses of – the “Turks” within England from the formalization of Anglo-Ottoman trading rights to the Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683. Examining the interplay of discourse, policy, and public opinion, she examined moments at which this engagement assumed critical importance for domestic political and religious debates. While at Brown, Dr. Perille served as a Brown-Wheaton Faculty Fellow and Peter Green Doctoral Scholar while also participating in special institutes through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Folger Shakespeare Library. She went on to work in fellowships and undergraduate research programs at the University of New Hampshire before coming to Georgetown.

Tuesday, January 31, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 119 ICC. Co-hosted by Program on Justice and Peace.

Careers in Peace: Considering Pathways for Undergraduates with Dr. David Smith.

About the workshop: Dr. David J. Smith, author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing 2016), will share with students strategies for using their peace and justice education and experiences as a springboard for a career in the field upon graduation. This session will explore pathways of professionals working to promote peacebuilding, social justice, and conflict resolution.

About the presenter: David J. Smith’s work spans the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and civic and global education. He has over 30 years’ experience as an educational consultant, lawyer, mediator, college professor, trainer, senior program officer and manager, and author. He has consulted with nearly 400 colleges around the U.S. and has given over 500 talks on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and international education. He is the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. He was formerly a senior program officer and coordinator of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. David is the author of Legal Research and Writing (Cengage, 1996) and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press, 2013).  He recently published Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing, 2016) and is the co-author of USIP Special Report 246 Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (August 2010). He has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Community College Journal, Journal of Peace Education, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Baltimore Sun. 

Monday, February 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room. 

Transformative Allyship Workshop for Students with University of San Francisco's Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach.

About the Workshop: Georgetown welcomes colleagues from the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at our fellow Jesuit institution, University of San Francisco, to offer a workshop on transformative allyship, a concept rooted in Jesuit values that creates space for attendees to examine the nature of allyship within our historically white, male-led institutions. We will discuss unique roadblocks and challenges to affecting a campus climate that are cognizant of positionality and social identity and offered new possibilities for disrupting entrenched systems of power.

About the Presenters: 

Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi brings passion for creating more equitable, inclusive and caring campus climate and culture for all. She is an executive leader skilled at building organizational capacity through strategic initiatives with over 20 years experience in California higher education in academic affairs, student life, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. Currently she is the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and an associate professor of organizations, communication and leadership at the University of San Francisco.

Ria (Ariana) DasGupta moved to the Bay Area from New Jersey in 2014. In 2010, she earned an MA in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, where her studies focused on women's human rights in the context of neoliberalism. In 2008, she graduated summa cum laude from Douglass College, the women's college of Rutgers University, with a BA in History/Political Science and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Ria is currently a doctoral student at USF in the department of International and Multicultural Education. 

Shaya Kara serves as the student body president at the University of San Francisco. Shaya is a first generation Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American. Shaya has a passion for advocacy and commitment to thorough representation and social justice. As a Muslim and an older sister, her experiences impact her leadership style and fuel her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be Shaya’s third year serving on ASUSF Senate, having previously served as the Students with Disabilities Representative and Vice President of Mission. She has been involved with several initiatives promoting and enhancing inclusive excellence at the USF.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:15pm - 8:00pm, 201B White Gravenor. RSVP here. Qs to CSJ's Brendan Burke.

Beyond Wards: Exploring the Changing Landscape of the District of Columbia with Dr. Deborah Perry and Caroline Egan.

About the Workshop: Rapid gentrification has important consequences for the health of vulnerable populations. While the effects of involuntary displacement on health have been the subject of study in the past, the effects of gentrification on those who have neither the resources to move nor the means to benefit from surrounding gentrification have yet to be thoroughly understood. Through the examination of the temporal effects on intersectional communities, health service providers in DC can be alerted to the presence of at-risk populations that are otherwise masked by rapid gentrification and adjust their policies accordingly.... Read more here.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Deborah Perry is the Director of Research and Evaluation and a Research Professor at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.  Over the last two decades, she has served as an external evaluator for a broad array of state and federally funded initiatives and conducted many community-based research projects.   Her own research focuses on developing and testing preventive interventions for vulnerable populations of pregnant women and families with young children.  Dr. Perry has published extensively—with more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of translational research to practice briefs—and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Infant Mental Health Journal.  She has a Ph.D. in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a master’s degree in psychology.  

AY 2015-2016 Workshops

Friday, September 18, 1:45pm – 3:00pm in Healey Family Student Center Social Room

Contemporary Methods of Social Justice Research: Critically Reading Text, Discourse and ‘Big Data’, a Social Justice Research Methods Workshop with Dr. Michael Loadenthal

Friday, October 23, 5:00pm - 7:00pm in ICC 115

Working with English Language Learners with Lara Bryfonski, PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics

Wednesday, October 28, 6:15pm - 7:30pm in Reiss 103

DC's Changing Demographics with Professor Brian McCabe

Monday, November 9, 6:15pm - 7:30pm in WGR 405

Restorative Justice as Behavior Intervention, with Dr. Charles Curtis, Behavior Intervention Coordinator at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Wednesday, November 11, 6:15pm - 7:30pm in Reiss 103

Family Engagement, with educators from the Washington School for Girls - Jill Gelman (Reading Specialist), Deanna McCall (Family Engagement Coordinator), and Megan Fitch (Counselor)

Thursday, November 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm in CSJ (240 Poulton Hall, Linguistics Conference Room)

Resume/cv and cover letter for education/teaching positions with Dr. Susan Cheng, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Georgetown School of Medicine 

Wednesday, February 3, 6:15pm - 7:30pm in White Gravenor 206 

Lesson Planning Refresher with CSJ's Cary Finnegan, Esther Kim, and Katie Parham

Thursday, February 18, 6:15pm - 7:30pm in Healy 103

Storytelling for Social Change with colleagues from the Center for Social Impact Communication, John Trybus and Bridget Pooley

Tuesday, February 23, 6:15pm - 7:30pm in White Gravenor 311 

Sustaining Social Justice Activism with presenter Jiva Manske, Amnesty International

Thursday, March 31, 5:00pm - 6:30pm in White Gravenor 201B

The Ongoing Civil Rights Movement: A Look Into One Segment Of Immigrant Rights Movement - the Undocumented Student Movement with Laura Bohorquez, Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) Coordinator at United We Dream

Tuesday, April 5, 6:15pm-7:30pm, Reiss 262

Behavior Management Strategies for K-12 students, with Erin Hollerbach and Andrea Ortega, school social workers at Tubman Elementary 

Friday, April 8, 3:15pm-4:30pm, WGR 208

Popular Education: What is it? Why is it used? How does it work? with Samantha Miller, DC Action Lab