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, hunger, and homelessness. CSJ also integrates academic course work with social justice action by offering UNXD 130 Social Action, 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 (ABSO)

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

Advisory Board For Student Organizations


After School Kids (ASK)

Mentor teens impacted by the cradle-to-prison pipeline, get to know historic DC neighborhoods, engage in experience with a non-profit organization, and reflect on critical issues of racial justice and mass incarceration.

After School Kids (ASK)


Alternative Breaks Program (ABP)

Participate in 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 or board member.

Alternative Breaks Program

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 with individuals of all ages, ranging from elementary-age students to adults.

DC Schools Project



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 (FOCI)

Participate in 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 work 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 (LoaD) Internship

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

Legacy of a Dream (LoaD) Internship


HOME Program: 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 (SAA)

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 (SIPS) 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


Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL)

Serve full-time as a co-educator with fellow Hoyas in a DCPS summer school site in order to reduce summer learning loss and provide academic enrichment opportunities for underserved youth.

SITL Program

build bridges

Summer Immigrant Rights and Advocacy (SIRA) Program

In partnership with Enterprise Community Development Corporation, summer interns work at two on-site locations with immigrant families. The interns support the community partner, providing direct services including ELL tutoring for children and families, supporting workforce and youth programming, and data analysis.

SIRA Program