The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) is committed to promoting excellent research, teaching, and service about social justice across the divisions of local and global by offering engagement opportunities on global issues, both abroad and within the United States.
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. The award is funded by the Kathryn W. Davis Foundation.
Through the Office of Global Education (OGE), 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 community-engaged research somewhere in the world on a social justice issue.
Berkley Center and CSJ collaboration, provides four students with summer research fellowships to travel abroad for an in-depth examinations of innovative initiatives at work in 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.
CSJ and GU’s Office of Mission and Ministry co-organize two annual immersion program for faculty and staff, Magis Kino and Magis Peru. Magis Kino works to: “promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants, social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border, and participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.” This journey prompts Georgetown community members to reflect on the ways in which the university community recognizes and supports the immigrant experience on our own campus and in Washington, DC. Magis Kino grew out of an existing CSJ and Campus Ministry immersion program for students (learn more through this Georgetown magazine article), and builds on the legacy of the Kenya Immersion and Peru immersion programs for faculty and staff.
Magis Peru is offered in partnership with Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, a Jesuit University located in Lima, Peru. Magis Peru is a global immersion program for faculty and staff rooted in the university’s commitment to integrating learning, faith and justice. The purpose of the program is to provide members of the Georgetown community an opportunity to investigate and reflect on the meaning of work and life at Georgetown as a Catholic and Jesuit university by exploring and learning from the justice-oriented work of the Society of Jesus and its partners elsewhere in the world. This Magis experience builds on the legacy of Georgetown’s immersion program in Kenya that occurred annually from 2004 to 2013, involving over 100 faculty and staff participants.
The Georgetown University Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund is a $1.5 million student-run fund that allocates grants and helps provide the resources for student and alumni social ventures. SIPS funds a variety of projects, from nonprofit organizations here in the U.S. to medical projects abroad. SIPS is dedicated to investing in projects that serve the greater good, have social impact, and encourage innovative solutions. Twice a year the SIPS Fund accepts applications for projects that serve the social good from alumni and students.