In collaboration with diverse campus and community partners, CSJ coordinates Education for Liberation Week to raise awareness about both the challenges and celebrations within the current field of education. 

Education for Liberation Week

October 19-23, 2020


The Fall 2020 Education for Liberation Week is VIRTUAL. All events will be held via ZOOM. Questions to csj@georgetown.edu.

Please submit accommodation requests regarding a disability to csj.georgetown.edu/ar at least five business days before the event. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.

Monday, October 19, 2020

12:00pm – 1:00PM EDT:  Art as Liberation – A Dialogue with Creative Educators 

Join a dialogue with artist-educators who are working in their communities to uplift the voices of marginalized youth. Learn about how art and social justice interact with education, inside and outside of the classroom, and why artistic expression is a key tool for education as liberation.

Panelists: 

  • Raven Gibbs, Founder and CEO, Mindfulness Movement, MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Jayshana Roper, Poet/Artist/Activist, The Last Poet
  • Martin Krafft, M.F.A., Co-Founder of Snowflakes; District Field Director, Progressive Turnout Project
  • Elena Makansi, M.F.A., Co-Founder of Snowflakes 
  • Isaiah Aladejobi, B.F.A., Visual Communicator, Pzay the Creative

Facilitator:

  • Jessica Lee (G’21), CSJ’s Assistant Director, Newcomer and Immigrant Community Engagement

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson (G’21), CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.

2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT: Microaggressions in Medicine

Join a discussion on how medical school staff prepare students in graduate education medical programs to think about the ways implicit bias and microaggressions show up in the medical field. Learn how graduate programs prepare students to engage in dialogue about implicit bias as they prepare to serve infants, children, and adults through medicine. Case studies and small group breakouts will be deployed for engaging conversations. Attendees will discuss the differences between intent and impact and discuss how to move beyond recognizing microaggressions and the messages they send to interrupting these statements.

Facilitators:

  • Isela Melendez-Carpio, M.Ed., Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Samuel Chan, Strategy Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Georgetown University School of Medicine

NO RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Questions to CSJ Graduate Intern, Neil Ichiro Laruan (G’21), at ntl33@georgetown.edu.

6:00pm – 7:00pm EDT: Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop Write Night

Support DC youth in secure detention across the country by joining the Center for Social Justice and the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop for a virtual “Write Night” during which participants are encouraged to provide feedback on the poetry and writing of incarcerated youth and young adults. Encourage, motivate, and empower Free Minds Book Club members during this lonely and challenging time.

RSVP here by Thursday, October 15. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. A Zoom link will be sent via email to those who RSVP in advance. Questions to Suzie Dhere (G’19), CSJ’s Assistant Director for Youth Justice Programs, at suzie.dhere@georgetown.edu


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

8:00am – 9:00am EDT: Information Session for Education & Social Justice AND Andretta Research Fellowships

The Center for Social Justice and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs announce Calls for Applications for two undergraduate social justice research fellowships: the Education and Social Justice Fellowship and the Andretta Fellowship (juniors only). Applications are due October 30, 2020. Serious applicants should try to attend an information session.

No RSVP required. Email csjresearch@georgetown.edu for the Zoom link. All questions to csjresearch@georgetown.edu.

12:30pm – 2:00pm EDT: Brown Bag Lunch to Discuss Student Podcasts

Spend your lunch break listening to and discussing three selections from NPR’s 2020 Student Podcast Challenge. Justice Graduate Interns will hold an informal conversation about how these podcasts amplify student voices on social justice issues in the current education system. Enjoy a discussion about the importance of thinking about social justice in K-12 education and walk away with great podcast recommendations!

Facilitators:

  • Nahla Ahsan, Center for Social Justice Graduate Intern
  • Erin Herbst (G’21), Center for Social Justice Graduate Intern
  • Neil Ichiro Laruan (G’21), Center for Social Justice Graduate Intern
  • Aine McAlinden (G’22), Center for Social Justice Graduate Intern

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to CSJ’s Graduate Student Intern, Erin Herbst, at eh881@georgetown.edu.

3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT: Spaces of Belonging – The Role and Importance of Community-Based Organizations in Education 

Join us for a panel that will focus on the importance of community-based organization programming for students in K-12 grade especially during the time of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn how community-based organizations support the educational and social-emotional development of students in Washington, DC.

Panelists:

  • Davian Morgan, Vice Principal of Literacy, Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School; CEO, Hopeful HoriSONS, Inc.
  • Shaden Dowiatt, Program Director, One Common Unity 
  • Dwayne Brooks, Founder, Triple Threat Mathematics 
  • Marshall “Mr. P” Pollard, Executive Director, The Creative School; CEO, STAYDRMN

Facilitator:

  • Dr. Emanuela Kucik, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, Co-Director of Africana Studies Program, Muhlenberg College

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson (G’21), CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.

4:30pm –  5:30pm EDT: A Mental Health Crisis – A Digital Divide Chat

Join us for a dialogue with educators and mental health professionals who are doing impactful work in public schools and community centers in Washington, DC. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect youth mental health in schools and how these issues have been exacerbated due to virtual learning. Panelists will share ways that youth have shown resilience and will provide attendees with tools to support youth they serve in the community.

Panelists:

  • Dimitri White, Ph.D., School Psychologist, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Briana Taylor, M.S., LPC, School Counselor, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools
  • Sherry Leung, M.A., Area Coordinator, George Washington University
  • Doyle Boyd, B.A. St. John’s University, Founder and CEO of Zen
  • Coralie Conille, M.S.W., LMSW, ATP Assessment Coordinator, NYC Department of Probations

Moderator:

  • Gene Hoskins, L.P.A, M.A. Founder, Peace of Mind Psychological Services

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson, CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.

5:30pm – 7:00pm EDT: Preparing Teachers and School Administrators in the Time of COVID-19 and The Black Lives Matter Movement: A Conversation with Education Program Faculty at HBCUs and PWIs

Join us for a conversation with university faculty members who are committed to preparing future teachers and school leaders to serve students who have been historically marginalized. This panel of Black women faculty will share their personal education journey and their philosophy of teaching. Hear about the ways their curricula and programs have been impacted by COVID-19 and the heightened Black Lives Matter Movement.

Panelists:

  • Sabrina Wesley-Nero, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Teaching and Director of the Program in Education, Inquiry and Justice, Georgetown University
  • Renee Akbar, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Division of of Education and Counseling, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Ebony Terrell Shockley, Ph.D. Executive Director of Teacher Education, University of Maryland College Park
  • Catherine Quinlan, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, STEM Education in School of Education, Howard University

Facilitator:

  • Noelle Gipson, Center for Social Justice Assistant Director for Educational Equity Programs

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Noelle Gipson, CSJ’s Assistant Director for Educational Equity Programs, at noelle.gipson@georgetown.edu.

6:00pm – 6:30pm EDT Joy and Jam Session I (Dance Fitness) 

Enjoy a fun dance fitness workout by And8 Fitness! Danielle and Dominique, the founders of And8, use dance in their classroom as a way to connect and build relationships with their students. Let loose a bit and have fun as we wrap up Day 2 of CSJ’s Education for Liberation Week.

Instructors: 

  • Danielle Gilliard, M.P.H. Emory University, Co-Founder of And8 Fitness 
  • Dominique Gilliard, B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Co-Founder of And8 Fitness

RSVP here by Monday, October 19. The virtual dance studio link will be sent by email to those who RSVP. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson (G’21), CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

12:00pm – 12:30pm EDT Joy and Jam Session II (Meditative Dance) 

Join us for a meditative dance session led by Raven Gibbs. Ground yourself in the music and movement and release stress and tension. As the founder of Mindfulness Movements, Raven Gibbs’ work is much needed in communities that are plagued by stigma and limited healthcare resources.

Instructor: 

  • Raven Gibbs, Founder and CEO, Mindfulness Movement

RSVP Here by Monday, October 19. The virtual dance studio link will be sent by email to those who RSVP. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson (G’21), CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.

4:30pm – 5:30pm EDT: From Whence We Came: Of the City, For the City, With the City

Georgetown University is committed, through its Jesuit and Catholic traditions and values, to helping prepare Hoyas for lives of service to others. Our engagement in the District, as well as other communities, nationally and internationally, is motivated by this commitment, and this commitment has called us to be a leader in the conversation around college access and success locally and nationally, especially through the work of the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA). Locally, the University engages via CMEA’s Pre-College Programs that include the Institute for College Preparation program (ICP), Kids to College and College Exposure Program. By way of example, ICP’s longevity and success make it CMEA’s flagship educational outreach program with over a 30-decade history with college and career readiness programming for youth and families of the District of Columbia area. 

Join leaders in education and youth development who are alumni of CMEA’s pre-college program and Georgetown University as they discuss their work and their return to their city and neighborhoods to support the evolving educational and community engagement landscape. 

Panelists:

  • Angel Garcia, Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access Program Manager, Institute for College Preparation
  • Dominique Cauley, COL ’09, Assistant Principal, Jefferson Middle School Academy 
  • Latonya Walker, Teacher, Friendship Armstrong Public Charter School 
  • DeAngelo Rorie, COL ’00, Director Youth Programs, United Planning Organization (UPO)
  • Tiffany White, COL ’05, Assistant Principal, John Phillip Sousa Middle School 
  • Dr. Thomas Bullock, Dean of Adult Education, Savannah Technical College, Savannah Georgia
  • Charlene Brown-McKenzie, Director, Center for Multicultural Equity & AccessExecutive Director Institute for College Preparation

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by GU’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. Questions to Suzie Dhere, CSJ’s Assistant Director for Youth Justice Programs, at suzie.dhere@georgetown.edu.

6:00pm – 7:30pm EDT: #CounselorsNotCops: Envisioning a future with Police Free Schools

Join GU’s Masters Program in Educational Transformation (MAET) and the Center for Social Justice for a discussion on the Police Free Schools movement. This panel will provide context on why police operate in schools, examine the consequences on students (particularly Black and Brown students), and imagine what a future of police-free schools might look like.

Panelists

  • Eduardo Ferrer, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center Juvenile Justice Initiative 
  • Nia Evans, Black feminist organizer, writer, and researcher
  • Yazid Jackson, Restorative DC Program Manager, SchoolTalk
  • Youth organizer, Black Swan Academy

Moderator

  • Marc Schindler, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is co-hosted by GU’s Program in Educational Transformation (MAET), GU’s Program in Education, Inquiry, and Justice (EDIJ), and the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Suzie Dhere (G’19), CSJ’s Assistant Director for Youth Justice Programs, at suzie.dhere@georgetown.edu.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

4:00pm – 5:30pm EDT: Social Justice in Education: Alumni Panel 

Georgetown Alumni who work in the education field will come together to discuss the importance of culturally responsive and antiracist teaching pedagogy as well as talk about their own relation to social justice as an educator. While social justice has always been an important piece of education at all levels, the current moment makes this panel particularly apt.

Panelists:

  • Joy Schaefer, Director of Government Affairs for Frederick (MD) County
  • Tim King, Founder of Urban Prep Academies
  • Gwynn DuJardin, Ph.D., Public Humanities Scholar, former Queen’s University English Professor; current Programming and Communications lead, Annapolis Immigration Justice Network
  • Julia English, Mississippi Teacher Corps 

Moderator:

  • Erin Herbst (G’21), CSJ Graduate Intern

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Cawley Career Eudcation Center and the Center for Social Justice. GU Students can register via Handshake. Questions to Erin Herbst, CSJ Graduate Intern, at eh881@georgetown.edu

4:00pm – 5:30pm EDT: Advocating for Equity in Education 

This panel features representatives from five dynamic DC-based Education Advocacy organizations that partner with the community-based learning (CBL) course Education, Equity & Advocacy, an undergraduate course in the Program on Education, Inquiry & Justice. Panelists will share details about their education advocacy work and swap stories about their most daunting challenges and inspiring achievements.

Panelists:

Moderator:

  • Education, Equity & Advocacy Professor Emily Gasoi

No RSVP. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by Program on Education, Inquiry, and Justice. Questions to Professor Emily Gasoi at eg805@georgetown.edu.

5:00pm – 6:00pm EDT: Energy and CleanTech’s Impact on Communities

Members of the Georgetown Energy and Cleantech Club will provide information on how renewable energy and cleantech technologies work and how these industries benefit communities and the environment. Members will discuss the disparities of access to these technologies within public schools and colleges/universities. Discussions will be led by MBA students from Georgetown’s University’s McDonough School of Business to talk about ways renewable energy and cleantech can benefit marginalized communities.

No RSVP. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Georgetown Energy and Cleantech Club of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Questions to Neil Ichiro Laruan, CSJ Graduate Intern, at ntl33@georgetown.edu.

5:00pm – 6:00pm EDT: Dismantling Academic Ableism: The Fight for Inclusion in Higher Education

How are educational institutions contributing to the exclusion of disabled people? This event will help participants confront implicit biases about the capacity of disabled people to exist in higher education. In order to deconstruct prejudices, participants will analyze how ableism is interconnected with rhetoric, the inaccessibility of colleges and universities, and the disabling culture of higher education.

Facilitators:

  • Nesreen Shahrour (N’23)
  • Gwyneth Murphy (F’23)
  • Dominic DeRamo (C’23)

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Nesreen Shahrour at ns1180@georgetown.edu.


Friday, October 23, 2020

12:00pm – 12:30pm EDT: Meeting the Needs of All Students: Recommendations for General Education Teacher Preparation Programs to Support Students with Disabilities

How can we better support all students? As classrooms across America continue to include students with disabilities, there is a need for more specialized attention to find ways to support all students with different learning needs. The task is no small feat. Both general education teachers and special education teachers are responsible for understanding the unique needs of students with disabilities. Join Vasilisa Smith, a second-year student in Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, as she outlines the problem and potential solutions to meet the needs of all students. More information about her research can be found here

NO RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice and will be facilitated by Vasilisa Smith. Questions to Noelle Gipson, CSJ’s Assistant Director for Educational Equity Programs, at noelle.gipson@georgetown.edu.

12:30pm – 1:00pm EDT: The Long-Term Effects of Universal Pre-K: Evidence from Tulsa

Offering all students the opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten programs has long been understood to provide children with an advantage going into kindergarten. Are the benefits of universal pre-k solely confined to the short-term? Learn from Peter Simmons, a second-year student in Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, who will discuss the work of the Center for Research on Children in the United States which has followed a cohort of students in Tulsa, Oklahoma since their enrollment in pre-k in 2005. These students graduated high school in 2019 and 2020. An analysis of their outcomes across elementary, middle, and high school grades reveals significant and persistent gains for those offered the opportunity to attend pre-k.

NO RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link.This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice and will be facilitated by Peter Simmons. Questions to Noelle Gipson, CSJ’s Assistant Director for Educational Equity Programs at noelle.gipson@georgetown.edu.

2:00pm EDT – 3:00pm EDT: Education Beyond the Classroom – The Community-Based Organization Perspective

Join us for an engaging conversation with leaders of organizations making an impact in their communities. The conversation will focus on how community-based organizations view the current state of education and how their roles have shifted to support students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panelists: 

  • Akeem Lloyd, M.Ed., Founder, A Leadership Journey
  • Kamil Arrington, M.A., Co-Founder, L.O.V.E YOUth
  • Antonio Carter, M.S.W., Senior Program Specialist, Restorative DC

Moderator:

  • Hawah Kasat, Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Common Unity

No RSVP required. Click here for Zoom link. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson (G’21), CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.  

3:00pm – 3:30pm EDT: Anuva Black Podcast – Live Recording! Education Edition

Hang out with us for a special edition of a live podcast recording with two phenomenal hosts who will be interviewing public school educators and counselors. The hosts will lead a dialogue about education topics including the U.S. education system’s response and current context due to the Covid-19 national pandemic. The AnuvaBlackPodcast has over 18,000 streams and was created to acknowledge and uplift black voices through pop culture, politics and media.

Hosts:

  • Clayton “Dolo” Bell, Digital Marketing Professional, Content Creator, Podcaster of Anuva Black Podcast
  • Dominique “Suki” Davis, Student Life Counselor/Upward Bound Instructor/Content Creator/Podcaster of AnuvaBlackPodcast

RSVP Here by Thursday, October 22. The virtual podcast studio link will be sent by email to those who RSVP. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice. Questions to Shanelle Roberson (G’21), CSJ’s Program Manager, After School Kids (ASK) Program, at shanelle.roberson@georgetown.edu.


Monday, October 19 – Tuesday, October 20

11:00am – 1:00pm EDT: Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment 2020 Virtual Summit hosted by the University of Wisconsin System

The Public Summit of the National Academies’ Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education is an open forum for those in the higher education ecosystem to collaboratively identify, discuss, and elevate innovative and effective approaches for addressing and preventing sexual harassment. This annual event brings together a diverse group, including members of the Action Collaborative, the broader higher education community, sexual violence and harassment researchers, sexual harassment response practitioners, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, public and private foundations, and federal and state policy makers. Building on the discussion at last year’s Summit, the 2020 Summit will be hosted virtually by the University of Wisconsin System and will serve as an opportunity to gather evidence-based information, engage in a dialogue, and gain diverse perspectives on how to effectively combat sexual harassment. This day-and-a-half event will feature a combination of panel discussions, expert presentations, and a poster session through which attendees can share research and novel ideas and practices currently being explored or implemented. Open to the public. CLICK HERE to view the agenda. 

RSVP HERE. Questions to SHactioncollab@nas.edu

Thursday, October 22, 2020

6:00pm – 8:00pm EDT: Relevancy and Racial Justice in the COVID Teaching Era

It will take creativity and dedication to maintain an environment of justice during the Covid era. Logistics and safety are taking a back seat to equity and justice, but now is a better time than ever to be creative and usher in a new era of education. We must take advantage of the opportunities presented to us in this uncertain time. Join Brothers Liberating Our Community and Chris Emdin to talk equity, justice, and classroom solutions.

Register here by October 22.This event is hosted by Brothers Liberating Our Community.

6:00pm – 7:30pm EDT: 2020 AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research

The 2020 Brown Lecture will be given by William F. Tate IV, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina, and a leading expert on the intersections between education, society, and public health.

The Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research is designed to feature the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. The Lectureship was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took into account scientific research in issuing its landmark ruling.

Register here. This event is hosted by the American Educational Research Association. Questions to Tong Wu at twu@aera.net.