Global Social Justice Summer Research Symposium

You are warmly invited to attend in-person or virtually our annual Global Social Justice Research Symposium, hosted by the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service (new window) (CSJ) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (new window)

This year’s Symposium will take place the afternoon of Friday, September 24. A very limited number of faculty and family guests can join in person in the Multipurpose Room in Arrupe Residence Hall on Georgetown University’s Hilltop campus. The Symposium is also virtual event, and audience members can join via Zoom. Please RSVP to (new window) to obtain the Zoom link OR to RSVP for all or part of the in-person event.

Our Symposium highlights the research endeavors of our Education and Social Justice Research (ESJ) Fellows (new window) from 2020 and 2021 and CSJ’s Andretta Fellows (new window) from 2020 and 2021. 

  • The ESJ is a 10+ years old exemplary collaboration between the Berkley Center and CSJ. 
    • Our 2020 ESJ fellows pivoted their sites and their status to virtual, Zoom-based research:
      • Amber with the Jesuit University in Lima, Peru – Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM);
      • Gabby with St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, CA; and
      • Tierra stepped in to complete a research project with St. Xavier’s College in Kathmandu, Nepal. 
    • Three of our ESJ 2021 fellows pursued in-person research in the United States:
      • Henry with the Thrive for Life Prison Project at the Ignacio House in The Bronx, NY;
      • Yazmin with the Sacred Heart Center in Richmond, VA; and
      • Tommy with Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, MA.
    • Kat, a 2021 ESJ fellow, conducted her research via Zoom with Bethlehem University in Palestine.
  • CSJ’s Andretta fellowship has – for 10 years – honored the life and spirit of David Andretta (COL ‘99, GUMC ‘04).
    • Our 2020 Andretta Fellow, Bailey, postponed her originally scheduled research for Rwanda due to the pandemic. She pivoted to outdoor research in her hometown of Highland Park, NY after her May 2021 graduation. 
    • Our 2021 Andretta Fellow, Julia, conducted outdoor research centered on The Rock Mountain Land Library near South Park, Colorado. 

Our student researchers have conducted compelling, timely, interdisciplinary research under significant constraints and precautions. Their creativity and resilience has been truly remarkable. We are so proud of them and are eager for them to share with you where they are in the research process. 

(Z) denotes joining via Zoom

1:15PM ET

  • Amber Stanford (C’21), Education and Social Justice Research Fellow 2020 (Peru) (Z)
  • Katherine Woodard (SFS’22), Education and Social Justice Research Fellow 2021 (Palestine)
  • Tierra Hatfield (G’21), Education and Social Justice Research Fellow / Justice Graduate Intern 2021 (Nepal)

2:15PM ET

  • Julia Jackson (C’22), Andretta Research Fellow 2021 (Park County, Colorado)
  • Henry James (C’22), Education and Social Justice Research Fellow 2021 (The Bronx, New York)
  • Yazmin Munoz (NHS’22), Education and Social Justice Research Fellow 2021 (Richmond, VA)

3:15PM ET

  • Bailey Steihauser (C’21), Andretta Research Fellow 2020 (Highland Park, NY) (Z)
  • Gabby Villadolid (C’21), Education and Social Justice Fellow 2020 (San Francisco, CA) (Z)
  • Tommy Teravainen (C’22), Education and Social Justice Research Fellow 2021 (Boston, MA)

Student Researchers’ Bios and Abstracts

This event will be photographed. We may use the photographs for Georgetown University communications purposes. 

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