Congratulations to Jake Dyson, Andretta 2018 Fellow

Play as Pedagogy: Playing as a tool for teaching social justice

Project Description: Jake will explore the way educators and community leaders use play as a tool to teach and instill social justice values in children. The study will specifically address play as a component of pedagogy, and will examine the way that sports, games, classroom instruction, and play spaces interact to influence the way play is utilized in education systems. Throughout his study, Jake will conduct interviews with elementary school children and their guardians, educators, and community organizations. In addition, he will draw observations and reflections about play’s role in pedagogy by immersing himself within education systems and leading various games and activities. Through these interviews and observations, Jake hopes to compile a list of “best-practices” for stakeholders that work with children, emphasizing the ways play can be incorporated as a tool to teach and create social justice values. 

Jake Dyson is a junior in the College majoring in Government with minors in English and Film and Media Studies. Over the last few years he has served as both a tutor and a coordinator for the DC Reads Program-- an experience which initiated and fostered his passion for education. His interest in play theory began several years ago, when he began working in a play museum in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In the future, Jake hopes to pursue a career in journalism, with a focus on education systems.  

About the Fellowship

Through the David F. Andretta, MD, Explorer Fund, a rising senior is awarded $5,000 to conduct research on a social justice research issue anywhere in the world during the summer. David Andretta (COL ‘99, GUMC ‘04) was an adventurous soul and a true son of Georgetown. Throughout his 31 years of life, David enthusiastically explored the world. David was a loving son, husband, brother, mentor and friend known for his hard work ethic and zest for life, and his legacy will be embraced and extended by each successive fellowship recipient.

The fellowship is awarded annually to a Georgetown University junior who seeks to spend the summer before senior year exploring an aspect of the world through an academic research project. The applicant must find a faculty sponsor who is willing both to critique and recommend the project prior to the application’s filing and to review and approve the project upon its completion. In addition, the research project must:

  • have clearly defined goals and objectives;
  • serve to advance social justice and be conducted in an empathic manner;
  • engage local cultures and peoples;
  • incorporate an outdoor activity as part of the journey; and
  • be conducted with the intention of publication.

The recipient receives $5,000 for travel, lodging, meals or sustenance. The award is given in two allotments: $3,000 at the beginning of the summer and another $2,000 upon the successful completion of the research project. To meet that objective, this year’s recipient must: commit at least eight weeks to research during the summer; submit a five-page summary report outlining his/her work and conclusions by September 1st; submit a copy of the final report to the faculty sponsor and to the Executive Director of the the Center for Social Justice no later than September 1st, and present their project to the Georgetown community in a CSJ-sponsored forum during the fall semester.

Find the Summer 2018 Andretta Fellowship Application, and learn about the 2018 Andretta Project Proposal description

Questions about the fellowship or the application should be directed to at CSJ's Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Jennifer Rosales. 

CSJ extends its gratitude to Georgetown colleagues serving on the review committee.

Read about past Andretta fellows and their research.