The Center for Social Justice is committed to student engagement and service globally, and offers research, service-learning and social justice engagement opportunities abroad.
Each year, CSJ awards a student or team of students with $10,000 to implement a project anywhere in the world which promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties.
Through the Office of International Programs (OIP), Georgetown students can find out about education abroad programs that include an experiential community engagement component. Courses in these programs receive Georgetown’s Community-based Learning (CBL) designation.
The David F. Andretta (COL ‘99, GUMC ‘04) Summer Research Fellowship awards a rising senior with $5,000 to conduct 8 weeks of research somewhere in the world on a social justice issue.
This Berkley Center fellowship, supported by the CSJ, provides four students with summer research fellowships to travel abroad for an in-depth examinations of innovative initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit secondary and post-secondary institutions. Under faculty supervision, the students gather information through interviews, analyze best practices, and share their reports and conclusions with a wider global audience.
Each summer, a group of faculty and senior administrators are invited to spend two-weeks on an immersion trip in Kenya. The purpose of the trip is to explore the economic, political, social justice and health issues facing this east African nation of 42-million people, and some of the individual and community responses to these challenges. The Georgetown group spends time visiting Jesuit partners at educational institutions and HIV/AIDS programs in Nairobi, and travels to the northwest corner of the country to a refugee camp near the Sudanese border. An important component of the program is daily group reflection to process these experiences in the context of Catholic and Jesuit higher education, and to consider the role that individual group members, and Georgetown University, might play going forward. The two-week program concludes with a two-day excursion in the Masai Mara National Reserve. This trip is a collaboration between the Office of Mission and Ministry and CSJ.