While in Washington D.C. with the first delegation from Red Cloud High School ever to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, four students from the Jesuit-run high school located on the Lakota reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota visited with students, faculty and staff at Georgetown Prep and Georgetown University.
The university has won the White House’s Interfaith Community Service Award for fostering meaningful relationships among its community members of differing faiths and backgrounds. The award, recently announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), landed the university on the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor an educational institution can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, community-based learning and civic engagement.
40 percent of the students who participate in programs offered by the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service come from Georgetown College. We sat down with Justice and Peace Studies professor and CSJ director Andria Wisler to learn more about the important work they do in the summer.
Over the summer, Devika Ranjan (SFS ’17) lived along one of the world’s most dangerous borders with an important task at hand. Armed with nothing but a grant from the Catherine Davis Foundation, Ranjan was working on a peace-building project — one that did not entail moderating dialogue between opposing forces or campaigning against pro-conflict government factions. Instead, she was conducting theater workshops. Ranjan spent her summer in Manguchak, a small town just 500 meters from India’s border with Pakistan, teaching theater in communities impacted by insurgency and, more recently, earthquakes.
In 2013, I stepped into the home of the Flores family in the Brightwood neighborhood of northern Washington, D.C., for the first time. As a freshman, I was new to the city and had some tutoring experience under my belt from high school, as well as a work-study award in my financial aid package. I did not want a job at Lauinger Library or swiping cards in Harbin Hall because I knew I needed a break from being on campus.
We, 20 leading academics and influencers from across the world, have joined forces today in an open letter to world leaders - asking that they do more to ensure refugees obtain an education. With two crucial international refugee summits next week in New York and with the release today of the UN Refugee Agency’s first refugee education report - now presents a historic opportunity for change. One we may not see the like of again.
Organizations such as CARECEN, the Central American Resource Center have filed complaints against the DMV after trying unsuccessfully to get the agency to alter its policy and presenting a joint study with Georgetown University that highlighted many flaws in the DMV program.
Two years after the District began issuing driving permits to all residents, regardless of immigration status, activists say the city is making it too difficult for those who are undocumented to obtain the special license.