In partnership with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor (KI), and the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA), the Center for Social Justice piloted the Roundtable for Social Justice (formerly known as the Social Justice Leadership Training Institute, or SJLTI) in Spring 2014. The Roundtable is a small-group intensive experience for undergraduate students who wish to deepen their commitment to and engagement with issues of social justice. Through a skills-building, cohort-based experience with accomplished social justice activists and one another, participants learn and reflect on ways to creatively and effectively work for social justice, then practice implementing new ideas in their own projects. The inaugural Institute was made possible with financial support from the Georgetown University Student Association.
The Social Justice Roundtable is ideal for students who are able to to demonstrate current leadership in and commitment to social justice work and are dedicated to developing a current social justice initiative. Roundtable students should be ready to experiment with creative and non-traditional approaches to problem solving, and willing to honestly self-reflect and to respectfully share ideas with others. Finally, ideal applicants are able to imagine themselves integrating social justice approaches and activism into both short and long-term life goals.
RSJ is open to all undergraduate students. No affiliation with CMEA, CSJ, or KI is required for application, nor will it benefit or detract from the application in any way.
Participants are required to attend all Friday sessions (4pm-7pm) during the Spring 2015 semester in order to complete the program. These include:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 - REVOLUTIONARY RESILIENCE
What does it mean to live a life dedicated to social change? How do my identity and my personal choices impact my ability to serve and collaborate with others? Reflect on your individual commitment to social justice and learn vital skills for sustaining social action.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27 - COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Positive social change happens through mixing strategy and soul. Learn the basics of community organizing from veteran DC community partners.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - MESSAGING AND MICROAGGRESSIONS
Consider how power is made manifest; implicitly and explicitly. Learn what and practice what it literally looks and sounds like to speak truth to power.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10 - FUTURES VISIONING
Building hope and countering oppression require imagination, creativity, and spirit. Showcase your project, share your ideas for the future, reflect on your own next steps, and help to influence RSJ for 2016.
Opportunities to Get Inovlved
The Spring 2015 application is now closed. Questions about the application or program can be directed to CSJ’s Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator, Amanda Munroe.