Get Engaged: Students
The Center for Social Justice hosts a wide variety of programming through which students, faculty, and staff can engage in service, activism, advocacy and community-based learning and research with local and global communities.
CSJ offers a diverse array of opportunities to engage in service in Washington, DC, nationally, and globally. Opportunities range from a weekly commitment throughout the semester, to serving for the summer, to immersion for the week of Spring Break.
While all CSJ programs are committed to advocacy, there are particular projects and organizations within the Center whose work focuses on increasing broader awareness and support of certain social justice issues. By raising awareness of pertinent issues – on the Hill or City Hall or through Red Square tabling – CSJ programs seek to promote equity and justice.
Tutor and Mentor
CSJ offers diverse opportunities for undergraduate and graduates students to tutor and mentor youth and adults at a deep, direct and meaningful level of engagement. Opportunities exist through the academic year and summer term and are through sustained relationships with community partners.
Join a CSJ Student Organization
CSJ grants access to benefits to over 40 student organizations that work with DC, national, and global communities. These organizations are diverse in their strategies, from tutoring and mentoring DC youth on a weekly basis to organizing large-scale awareness campaigns on Georgetown’s campus.
All of CSJ’s programs are, at their heart, student-led. CSJ’s student leaders coordinate, direct, and manage programs, working closely with CSJ staff, community members, and Georgetown students to create responsive, innovative programming with diverse community partners.
Apply For Funding
CSJ is committed to making social justice engagement accessible to all students. CSJ provides opportunities for students to serve and research that are fully funded. From conducting research abroad, to immersion through an Alternative Breaks Program trip, CSJ provides funding opportunities for Hoyas.
Take a Course
There are numerous opportunities at Georgetown to academically pursue social justice in the classroom as course content and course pedagogy. Read more about Community-based Learning (CBL) courses and UNXD 130: Social Action, and peruse a list of regularly offered undergraduate courses on social justice.
Research is one of the three pillars of CSJ’s mission. Social justice research has the potential through its direct application to aid in transforming concrete social problems, organizing social change efforts, influencing public policy, meeting community-based needs, and transforming institutions. In collaboration with its partners, CSJ offers avenues through which students can pursue engaged, action-oriented research.
While the CSJ supports the University’s MoveOut Drive each year, we know that there are other times during the year that folks may want to donate personal items. There are many organizations in the Washington, DC area that accept donations. View a list of organizations that accept donations, how to contact these organizations, and how to donate your items.
With student organizations, students engage in service, activism, advocacy and community-based learning together as a unit. Explore “Why Are You Involved in Social Justice” and “Spring Into Student Organization Transition” with helpful resources on building a strong organization.