Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO)

CSJ ABSO members on their Spring 2020 off-campus retreat

Our Model

The Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) is an advisory and funding board of the Center for Social Justice that works to support the missions of student organizations under the CSJ’s purview. The board is composed of 10-14 students, and 2 faculty or staff members. ABSO oversees, facilitates, and provides resources to student-run social justice service activities, student advocacy, and community involvement activities at Georgetown. ABSO is responsible for advising student organization leaders on programming and budgeting, and serves as a resource for understanding university policy. ABSO also reviews and approves budgets for CSJ student groups each year. 

Opportunities to Get Involved

As a member of CSJ’s ABSO, a student advisor commits to serving both the student organizations and fellow ABSO members. An advisor spends between 3-8 hours a week committed to ABSO, including the full advisory board weekly meeting, and work for their specific position. All ABSO members serve as advisors for 3-5 student organizations and are responsible for connecting with the student organization’s leadership team to serve as a liaison between the student organization and ABSO. Interested students should contact csjabso@georgetown.edu.

Resources for CSJ Student Organizations

ABSO Funding Policies

Please click here to view a copy of ABSO’s FY19 funding policies.

Just Do It Training

All student organization presidents and treasurers are required to attend the Just Do It training one time per academic year. The training is good for one academic year. All new student organization presidents and treasurers must attend the Just Do It training (even if the former president or treasurer attended the previous semester). Student organizations register for Just Do It training at the beginning of the semester through an e-mail sent to all student organization Presidents and Treasures. Questions regarding Just Do It training can be directed to CSJ ABSO.

Protection of Minors Training

Members of student organizations which work with children under 18 are required to attend a Protection of Minors training. Sign up here for CSJ’s Protection of Minors training.

CSJ ABSO falls under Georgetown University’s Protection of Minors policy.

Appeals Process

Student organizations may submit an appeal regarding decisions reached by ABSO to the Executive Director of Center for Social Justice and the Vice President for Student Affairs. Please click here for information regarding the appeals process.

ABSO Staff Members

Seren Snow
Seren Snow

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Seren Snow is a Communications Specialist in the Office of the President at Georgetown University, where he is a member of a cross-functional writing team that develops a broad range of written and spoken communication. Seren previously served in the Office of Communications at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he wrote material for digital platforms. Before joining Georgetown, he served as a Staff Writer at EAB, a higher education consultancy. Seren received a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland in 2016.

Whitney Douglas Whitney Douglas

Whitney joined the Office of the Provost’s Finance and Business Services in March of 2020 and serves as the Campus Business Manager for the Center for Social Justice. In this role, Whitney facilitates the completion of all procurement requests, supports academic units with the annual budgeting process, oversees forecasting and financial analysis of special projects, and completes the reconciliation of assigned accounts. Prior to joining the CSJ, Whitney worked as a Budget and Coverage Analyst on Georgetown University’s Medical Campus. Additionally, Whitney attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied Community Health Education and is currently pursuing a BA with a concentration in Business & Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University.

ABSO Meeting Minutes

Students sit around a table

CSJ’s Advisory Board for Student Organization meetings are held every Tuesday during the academic year from 6:30PM-8:00PM in the Center for Social Justice located in Poulton Hall. Meetings and minutes are open to the public. 

2017-2018 Minutes          

2018-2019 Minutes