Fall 2020

The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ) announces opportunities for social justice and deep community engagement in Fall 2020. Sign-up forms for these opportunities are available through links below. Each interest form includes more detailed information about the program.

Get engaged as #HoyasForOthers through social justice work including CSJ EngageDCorps Programs, community service, community-based learning courses, research, immersion, and more—for a day, week, semester, summer—here in DC and around the world. 

After School Kids Program

Mentor and tutor with the After School Kids (ASK) Program which serves striving court-involved and court-diverted teens in the DC metropolitan area through academic and social-emotional support. ASK offers a supportive team environment and multiple scheduling options in the evening (Monday through Thursday) and Saturday. Find additional information about ASK and sign up at https://forms.gle/weszAVnobCg2Z2xf7. Volunteer and Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions are available. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration given to sign-ups received by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact the ASK Program Manager, Shanelle Roberson, at askprogram@georgetown.edu with questions.

Georgetown DC Reads Program

Georgetown DC Reads is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program for elementary students who are a grade level or more behind in literacy skills in DCPS schools and community centers East of the River in DC. DC Reads time commitment ranges from 5-8 hours per week, with multiple scheduling options. Volunteer and Federal Work positions available. Sign up at https://forms.gle/QCAKjBJiq9U8B8Zp9. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration given to sign-ups received by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact the CSJ Assistant Director for Educational Equity, Noelle Gipson, at dcreads@georgetown.edu with questions.

DC Schools Project

DC Schools Project (DCSP) is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that serves youth and adult immigrants of all ages who are English Language Learners (ELLs). DCSP offers multiple options to fit with your schedule. You do not have to speak another language to tutor with us! Join us today in Volunteer and Federal Work positions. Sign up at https://forms.gle/JSorT2T5DVYAotww7. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact Assistant Director, Newcomer and Immigrant Community Engagement, Jessica Lee, at dcsp@georgetown.edu with questions.

HOME Program

Through HOME, students will participate in an advocacy internship, working with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and other partners to stop encampment clearings, extend the eviction moratorium, and more. Students support advocacy projects, programs, and education campaigns 12-15 hours a week in Volunteer and Federal Work Study positions. In the second option, students can also serve with Friendship Place working to develop our partnership with their advocacy programs, their drop in center, and more. Volunteer and Federal Work Study positions are available. Sign up at https://forms.gle/9R5xkY5T1AMNzU9x8. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact the HOME Program Coordinator at homelessness@georgetown.edu with questions.

Georgetown Jumpstart
Georgetown Jumpstart engages preschool children from under-resourced communities in playful learning experiences to develop the language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills they need to success. We will be engaging with a new virtual model of delivery for the Fall 2020 semester to best serve children while schools reopen virtually. Jumpstart asks for a 10-12 hour per week time commitment for the full academic year. Volunteer and Federal Work Study positions are available. Upon completion of the program, Corps Members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education award of about $1,300. Sign up at http://bit.ly/JoinJumpstart2020. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration given to sign-ups received by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact the Jumpstart Site Manager, Taryn Kithchen, at jumpstart@georgetown.edu with questions.

DC STEM

DC STEM is a project-based science enrichment program for 3rd grade students in DC elementary schools. Georgetown STEM tutors are responsible for leading science, mathematics, engineering, and technology explorations to improve youth’s academic performance in STEM. DC STEM asks for a 7-8 hour time commitment per week. Volunteer and Federal Work Study positions are available. No STEM background is required! Find more information and sign-up at https://forms.gle/SyhdmyVNk2dRvu7f9. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration given to sign-ups received by Friday, September 4, 2020. Contact the CSJ Assistant Director for Educational Equity, Noelle Gipson, at dcstem@georgetown.edu with questions.

Alternative Breaks Program

Interested in the Alternative Breaks Program? Sign up at https://forms.gle/bknfhMm3wMXCPsbeA to receive email updates regarding our social justice immersion programs for Spring 2021. ABP participant applications will open Fall 2020 and will be due by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, October 18. Contact CSJ Assistant Director for Immersion Programs, Kyra Hanlon, at altbreaks@georgetown.edu with questions. 

UNXD 130: CBL Social Action

UNXD 130: CBL Social Action is a 1-credit course. Students integrate a regular course with their own community engagement experience through this 1-credit steeped reflection. 30-40 hours of community-engaged/social justice work is required to be completed throughout the semester. Click https://forms.gle/fpoGpcq4QRQnQe4h9 to apply to UNXD 130: CBL Social Action. Completed applications (including confirmation of your virtual or in-person site placement) are open now and accepted due no later than 9:00AM EST on Friday, September 4. CSJ can suggest community-based organizations and courses for pairing. Contact csjcbl@georgetown.edu with questions.

Join Georgetown’s delegation to the virtual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 

Participate in the virtual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice on October 24-25, 2020. Come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, and advocate in a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. We are recruiting students from all faith traditions to represent Georgetown’s diversity in our virtual Hoya delegation. Sign up here. Questions about the commitment/experience can be directed to CSJ’s DC Mission Integration Coordinator, Melissa Bernard, at dcmission@georgetown.edu.

Take a Course

Explore important social justice themes in DC through these (virtual) community-based learning courses in fall 2020! You can search for CBL courses any semester by selecting “community-based learning” in the “Attribute Type” field in MyAccess. For a list of Fall 2020 CBL and social justice courses, visit csj.georgetown.edu/socialjusticecourses. Questions? Email the course professor or reach out to csjcbl@georgetown.edu.

Social Justice Teaching Assistants (undergraduates only)

CSJ Teaching Assistants complete organizational and logistical tasks to support courses that may include virtual community-based learning opportunities with partners in DC. TAs may also periodically support the academic and reflective components of the course. TAs sit in on classes, and can count this time toward their hours. While TAs actively support and regularly communicate with faculty, they report to CSJ’s DC Mission Integration Coordinator, Melissa Bernard and take place in weekly reflection sessions. Submit your application at https://forms.gle/pjpHJ5qpACbiD9zWA by Monday, August 15, 2020. Contact csjcbl@georgetown.edu with questions. 6-8 hours/week; must be Federal Work Study eligible. 

Submit your social justice project ideas for funding with the Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund! The SIPS Fund is a $1.5 million student-run fund that makes strategic investments in Georgetown students and ideas that further our community’s Jesuit tradition of service to others. Since inception in 2011, SIPS has funded more than $200,000 in student and alumni social ventures, ranging from developing a prototype shield to protect students and teachers in the US to an app that connects healthcare workers and patients in Nigeria. Visit sips.georgetown.edu and contact the SIPS Executive Committee with questions about submitting a proposal for an award at sips@georgetown.edu.

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