Appy to serve on ABSO AY18-19!

Apply to serve as a student advisor on the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The application is now LIVE! Hone management, advising, and financial skills while working on a team and serving your fellow Hoyas and our DC community and beyond. ABSO offers an inside opportunity for you to see what it's like behind the scenes of social justice programming and work. Contact Whitney Maddox, CSJ's Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership, with questions.

Our Model

The Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) is an advisory and funding board of the Center for Social Justice that works to support the missions of student organizations under the CSJ’s purview. The board is composed of 10-14 students, and 2 faculty or staff members. ABSO oversees, facilitates, and provides resources to student-run social justice service activities, student advocacy, and community involvement activities at Georgetown. ABSO is responsible for advising student organization leaders on programming and budgeting, and serves as a resource for understanding university policy. ABSO also reviews and approves budgets for CSJ student groups each year. 

Opportunities to Get Involved

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

Resources for CSJ Student Organizations

The Blueprint

All student organization presidents and treasurers are required to attend the Blueprint Training one time per academic year. The training is good for one academic year. All new student organization presidents and treasurers must attend the Blueprint Training (even if the former president or treasurer attended the previous semester). Student organizations register for Blueprint via Hoyalink at the beginning of the semester. An e-mail is sent to all student organization leaders indicating how to register for the training. Questions regarding Blueprint Training can be directed to CSJ ABSO.

Protection of Minors Training

Members of student organizations which work with children under 18 are required to attend a Protection of Minors training. Questions regarding Protection of Minors Training can be directed to CSJ ABSO

CSJ ABSO falls under Georgetown University's Protection of Minors policy.

Appeals Process

Student organizations may submit an appeal regarding decisions reached by ABSO to the Executive Director of CSJ and the Vice President for Student Affairs. Please click here for information regarding the appeals process.

ABSO Staff Members

Photograph of Phylander R. PannellPhylander R. Pannell

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Phylander R. Pannell is the Director of Georgetown Event Management Services at Georgetown University. During her 16 years at Georgetown, she has served in numerous roles at the university in three different departments, the School of Foreign Service, University Services and the Division of Student Affairs. She received her B.A. undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Phylander enjoys reading, crafting and proudly serves in several ministries at Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Emanuel Reid first became involved with civic engagement while volunteering on a congressional campaign in North Carolina. This experience sparked his interest in public service and would eventually lead him to an opportunity with Grassroots Campaigns as an Assistant Director. At Grassroots Emanuel helped build, organize, and train a team of canvassers who led regional fundraising efforts for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Doctors Without Borders. Upon successfully opening and establishing a new Grassroots Campaigns office in Charlotte, N.C., Emanuel accepted a new position with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he was able to connect with Small Business owners and Entrepreneurs to better understand their business needs and help develop programs to serve those needs.

After nearly 2 years with the Charlotte Chamber, Emanuel came across and opportunity with AmeriCorps, which would allow him to work in Washington D.C. Although the program would be through George Washington University, the majority of his year in service would be in Ward 7 at Charles R. Drew Elementary School helping to create programs and developing partnerships with the community. As his year-long commitment with AmeriCorps was coming to an end, he accepted the opportunity to work at Georgetown University as the Community Engagement Coordinator in the Office of Government Relations & Community Engagement. In his current role, he serves as a liaison working to develop and improve relationships between Georgetown and the community. He is also a board member on the Georgetown Community Partnership, a working group committed to improving university and neighbor relations.

ABSO Meeting Minutes


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CSJ's Advisory Board for Student Organization meetings are held every Tuesday during Spring 2018 from 7:00PM-8:30PM in the Center for Social Justice located in Poulton Hall. Meetings and minutes are open to the public. 


Minutes 2/6          Minutes 1/30           Minutes 1/23           Minutes 1/16

Minutes 12/5         Minutes 11/28         Minutes 10/17         Minutes 11/14

Minutes 11/7         Minutes 10/24         Minutes 10/31         Minutes 10/10

Minutes 10/3/17    Minutes 9/26/17      Minutes 9/19/17      Minutes 9/12/17

Minutes 9/5/17