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Social Justice Week
Saturday, February 17 - Saturday, February 24, 2018

To see las year's Social Justice Week schedule, please read below.

Saturday, February 17, 2017

6:00pm – 9:00pm: MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance 
Healey Family Student Center Social Room
Express your interest to perform (spoken word, music, poetry) or display your visual art.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a master orator. He understood that words have power as time-and-time again, he so eloquently used his voice to shed light on injustices. This year, Georgetown University honors Dr. King's legacy of captivating heads, hearts, and hands through an evening of spoken word, poetry, and music highlighting his speech "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop." (original text) (speech) (audio) We hope that through this evening of reflection and artistic expression we can stir imaginations for change and hope for the future. The evening will consist of original spoken word and poetry readings, musical performances from students and organizations, as well as a visual art share. We will also have service activities to support low-income youth, and families. Food will be provided. This event is hosted by the Let Freedom Ring! Initiative of the Office of the President.

Tuesday, February 20, 2017

11:00am – 1:00pm Lunch and Book Talk: Making College Work - Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students by Harry Holzer and Sandy Baum
Healey Family Student Center Social Room
RSVP here

This event will feature Harry Holzer, Professor of Public Policy at the McCourt School at Georgetown University, and Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and their newly released book, Making College Work - Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students, published by Brookings Institution Press. Their book highlights practical solutions for improving higher education opportunities for economically diverse students. This event is part of a year-long recognition of the 50 years of the Georgetown University’s Community Scholars Program in the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. The first 40 people to register for this event will receive a copy of the book at the event. This event is hosted by the Let Freedom Ring! Initiative honoring the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Office of the President.

4:00pm – 5:30pm: Report Release: African American Employment, Population, and Housing Trends in Washington, DC featuring Professor Maurice Jackson
Arrupe Multipurpose Room
Register here

This panel event will spotlight Professor Maurice Jackson's engaged scholarship and service as the founding Chair of the DC Commission on African American Affairs, appointed by DC Mayor Vincent Gray in 2013. Professor Jackson will present findings from his compelling DC-based research documented in this publication, African American Employment, Population, and Housing Trends. Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, Rosemary Kilkenny, Esq., will open the event. After Professor Jackson's remarks, Heidi Tseu, Director of DC Government Affairs, and Dr. Eva Rosen, Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, will offer comments. A small reception will follow the panel event. This event is supported by the Let Freedom Ring! Initiative honoring the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Office of the President.

6:00pm – 7:30pm: Radical Laughter: Carnival, Transgression, and Citizenship in Tunisia by Charis Boutieri, professor of social anthropology of the Middle East at King's College London.
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) Boardroom in Intercultural Center (ICC); To get to the Boardroom, head to the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, which is Suite 241 on the second floor of the ICC (hardwood double doors at the end of the far hallway).

Register Here. Free reception at 5pm. 

End of year carnival revelries in Tunisian high schools recently became the target of official repression and moral public outrage.  In this talk, school students and teachers turn the components and layers of these revelries as well as the scandal they caused into objects of exploration, revealing the conundrums of schooling experience, generational tension, and citizenship in the post-revolutionary moment. This talk will show how the element of the grotesque underpinning the relationship between students and teachers becomes the conduit for the vernacularization of democratic politics in present-day Tunisia, probing and complicating normative assumptions around liberal representative democracy. 

Dr. Boutieri is a professor of social anthropology of the Middle East at King' s College London. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and has been conducting field research in Tunisia since 2013. 

Learn more on the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, February 21, 2017

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Education & Social Justice Summer Research Fellows Presentations
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (3307 M Street) Register here. Lunch provided.

During its eighth year, the Education and Social Justice Project awarded summer fellowships to four students who spent three weeks with institutions engaged in efforts to promote social justice through education in Mozambique, Australia, Ukraine, and the Dominican Republic. The 2017 fellows will present their research findings and experiences abroad, and hold a question and answer session with the audience.

  • Harshita Nadimpalli conducted research in Mozambique at St. Ignatius Loyola Secondary School (Escola Secundária Inácio de Loyola, ESIL), investigating how the school promotes local cultural empowerment as a form of social justice and gives students the tools they need to succeed in both their rural reality and the international context.
  • Nicholas Na conducted research at St. Ignatius’ College in Australia, exploring the challenges and opportunities First Nations students face in elite institutions.
  • Anastasia Sendoun conducted research at Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv, Ukraine in order to identify gaps in Ukraine's higher education system and to explore the specific strategies used by UCU to address those gaps in a region marked by ongoing political turmoil.
  • Mary Breen conducted research in the northern border area between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with Border Solidarity (Solidaridad Fronteriza), learning about the complex border dynamic through her experiences and interviews with Jesuits, non-profit workers, school administrators, students, teachers, migrants, and community leaders.

All students with an interest in education, social justice, and international research are encouraged to attend and learn about applying for the upcoming summer fellowships.     

7:00pm – 8:30pm: 13th Annual Careers for the Common Good
Fisher Colloquium, 4th Floor Hariri Building
Register at

Careers for the Common Good is an annual event that brings together current undergraduates with over 75 alumni and DC professionals who are working in industries and fields that support "the common good." Throughout the ninety minute networking event, alumni share their career path experiences, advice, suggestions and lessons-learned to help students take a step towards a career for the common good. Career fields and industries represented include nonprofit organizations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, social and direct service organizations, and alumni engaged in health, international development, environment and sustainability, education, philanthropy, advocacy, activism, and more. Dress is business casual; this is a "no resume" event. While this event is geared towards undergraduates of all years, graduate students are welcome to attend.

Thursday, February 22, 2017

12:00pm – 3:00pm: Center for Social Justice Summer Opportunities Fair and Tutor & Mentor Appreciation
Healey Family Student Center Great Room

Center for Social Justice offers opportunities to stay engaged and serve over the summer. Stop by our Summer Opportunities Fair to learn about part-time and full-time engagement through mentoring high school students, teaching in school classrooms, and beyond. Current CSJ tutors, mentors, coordinators, trip leaders, board members, and student organization officers are invited to stop by for appreciation - light snacks and de-stressing arts and crafts activities.

5:30pm – 7:00pm: Civic Media Literacies: Re-Imagining Engagement for Intentionality, Impact, and Equity by Paul Mihailidis, Associate Professor of Communication at Emerson College, Co-Director of the Engagement Lab and Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change
Room 205 Car Barn. Register here.

"In the midst of a renewed call for media literacy initiatives that respond to the increasing levels of partisanship, tribalism and distrust, this talk argues that media literacy interventions must be re-imagined as intentionally civic. A new set of emerging norms of digital culture further put into question the relevance of long standing approaches to media literacy pedagogy and practice. This presenation puts forward a new set of constructs that position media literacy initiatives to produce and reproduce the sense of being in the world with others toward common good. These constructs—agency, caring, critical consciousness, persistence, and emancipation—reframe media literacy as relevant to the social, political and technological realities of contemporary life."

Join JUPS 299 Social Justice Research Methods class for a talk by Paul Mihailidis, an associate professor of journalism and civic media in the school of communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he teaches media literacy, civic media, and community activism. He is founding program director of the MA in Civic Media: Art & Practice, Principle Investigator of the Emerson Engagement Lab, and faculty chair and director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His newest books, Civic Media Literacies (Routledge 2018), Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (2016, MIT Press, with Eric Gordon) and Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen (Peter Lang, 2014), outline effective practices for participatory citizenship and engagement in digital culture. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate Magazine, the Nieman Foundation, USA Today, CNN, and others. He co-edits the Journal of Media Literacy Education, and sits on the advisory board for iCivics. He earned his PhD from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Are You Ready?
Healey Family Student Center Social Room
Register here.

Health Education Services, The Women's Center, and the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) invite you to attend Are You Ready? This event is the fourth tier of the HoyUs educational model for intimate partner violence prevention at Georgetown University. Are You Ready is a dynamic student and community program that addresses interpersonal violence through a social justice lens. The program features a keynote speaker and will be followed by small group discussions led by student facilitators. The content of this program will focus on domestic violence and social justice. This year, the keynote speaker will be Marissa Alexander of the Marissa Alexander Justice Project. Ms. Alexander is an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and social injustice. She comes from a military family and holds a BS in Information Technology and a MBA. In 2016, she founded the Marissa Alexander Justice Project (MAJP), which seeks to provide services that promote unity through the collaboration of social justice, criminal reform, and anti-domestic violence movements. MAJP specifically provides support to domestic violence survivors as they navigate the intersections of familial, community, and criminal justice systems.   

Friday, February 23, 2017

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Communication Strategies of Modern Terrorism: The ISIS media model with Jad Melki, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Journalism and Chairperson, Department of Communication Arts, Lebanese American University (LAU)
Healey Family Student Center Herman Room
Register here.

This talk discusses the media strategies of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and highlights the group's ability to implement a combination of terrorism tactics synchronized with communication strategies to gain media exposure, push news frames that serve its interests, disseminate a consistent brand, and target well-defined stakeholders with a dual message using sophisticated branding strategies that resonate with cultural values and help it ultimately recruit supporters and deter opponents. While the Islamic State as a geopolitical entity is almost eliminated, its innovative media strategies provide a model for future extremist groups to utilize and important lessons for those countering extremism and youth radicalization to learn from.  

Jad Melki, Ph.D. is associate professor of journalism and media studies and chairperson of the Communication Arts Department at the Lebanese American University. He has been a broadcast and digital journalist for over 15 years working with US and Arab media. Melki was part of the Webby award and National Press Club award winning Hot Zone team (Yahoo! News) covering the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war. He is also an affiliated researcher at the ICMPA center at the University of Maryland and a faculty at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. Previously, Melki was founder and director of the Media Studies Program at the American University of Beirut and visiting faculty at the graduate Communication program at Johns Hopkins University.

5:00pm – 9:00pm: After School Kids (ASK) 30th Anniversary Dinner
Copley Formal
RSVP for this event marking 30 years of the ASK program

Celebrate 30 years of the ASK Program on Friday, February 23 at Georgetown University's Copley Formal Lounge (map), which is accessible from Red Square in the center of GU's campus. The ASK Program was founded in 1987 to connect Georgetown students, staff, and faculty with court-involved youth in the Washington, DC area. For the past 30 years, hundreds of Hoyas and ASK youth have learned together, shared meals, and built community. 

The celebration begins at 5:00pm with music, appetizers, and mocktails until 6:30pm. A dinner buffet begins at 6:30pm, and features past alumni and program founders as speakers. See below for more details.

Come for any part of the Celebration and stay as long as you can! If you have an questions about ASK or this event, please contact CSJ Assistant Director for Youth Justice Programs and ASK Program Director, Gina Bulett, at

5:00 - 6:30pm
Mocktail Hour, appetizers, music and art

Welcome and Opening Prayer

  • Gina Bulett (B'08)

  • Father Raymond Kemp

Dinner Buffet

7:00 - 7:15pm

7:15 pm
Speakers and video messages

  • Gene Pinkard (C'92)

  • Fonda Sutton (F'87, L'95, GUSB '15)

  • Dr. Daniel Porterfield (C'83)

  • Hon. Ricardo Urbina (C'67, L'70)

  • Additional speakers TBA

7:45 - 9:00pm
Music and Art

Saturday, February 24, 2017

7:30pm – 10:00pm Outspoken: Rise Up in Bulldog Alley

Join GU NAACP and GU Women of Color at the intersection of activism and art for their annual open mic night. Outspoken is an event that brings together the Georgetown community for performance of spoken word, song, and dance. We are pleased to have special guest Anthony McPherson performing at this year’s event. Questions can be directed to Ndeye Ndiaye. This event is supported by the Let Freedom Ring! Initiative.