Social Justice Week 2020

Join the Center for Social Justice and our Georgetown University campus and DC community partners for

Social Justice Week 2020

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

11:30am-1:30pm: Doing the Inner Work of Racial Justice: Principles, Practices (and Prayers!) for Healing Ourselves and Transforming the World
Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Residence Hall

RSVP required. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service (CSJ) and the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS). 

​This year’s annual “Race and Higher Education” event features a conversation on racism, mindfulness, and contemplative pedagogies in higher education with Professor Rhonda Magee of the University of San Francisco. Professor Magee will highlight her new book, The Inner work of Racial Justice: Healing ourselves and transforming our communities through mindfulness. While this event is geared to GU faculty, staff, graduate students in teaching positions and assistantships, undergraduate students are can attend. The event begins with a community gathering over lunch at 11:30am and the formal event starts at 12:00pm. Questions to CSJ’s Associate Director, Mission Curricular Integration, Amanda Munroe at asm96@georgetown.edu.

4:30pm-6:00pm: Acing the Teaching Demo Workshop with SelectEd
Cawley Career Center, Leavey Center

RSVP here. This event is hosted by the Cawley Career Education Center.

Join Liz Willingham from SelectEd (new window) for a workshop designed to prepare you to ace the demo lesson. The Demo Lesson is arguably the most challenging and important round in the interview process, and this workshop will be especially helpful to those who have limited teaching experience. Bring a sample lesson (preferably standalone) for review. Questions to Elizabeth.Schill@georgetown.edu (new window) at the Cawley Career Education Center.

5:00pm-6:30pm: Women of Color in Politics Networking Event
Social Room, Healey Family Student Center

RSVP here. This event is hosted by GU Politics.

GU Politics hosts its third annual “Women of Color in Politics Networking Event.” This event provides a forum for students to interact with women of color from various sectors of public service—including politics, law, organizing, journalism, and communications. Through the invaluable perspective of women of color in the workforce, students have the opportunity to gain insight from the women who have faced challenges and overcome them to be successful figures in their fields. Food will be provided. Questions to WOCNET@georgetown.edu. **Please note that you do not need to identify as a woman or as a person of color to attend this event.**

7:00pm-8:30pm: Power and Language with Caine Prize Winner Lesley Nneka Arimah
Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Residence Hall

No RSVP. This event is hosted by The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.

Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of “Skinned,” winner of the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing; What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky (2017), her debut short story collection; and “Light,” winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky was chosen for the New York Times/PBS book club and won both the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the 2017 Kirkus Prize. Questions to Patricia Guzman at pg654@georgetown.edu.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

4:00pm-6:00pm: Living the Dream: Advocacy, Service, and DC’s Beloved Community
Riggs Library, Healy Hall

RSVP here. This event is hosted by the Office of the President’s MLK: Let Freedom Ring! Initiative.

This dynamic discussion will feature three John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream awardees – inspirational executives in DC’s  non-profit community who are solving key issues responsible for shaping our city and the people who live in it. These three leaders advocate to serve and empower DC residents who are undocumented, low-income, or experiencing trauma or abuse: Sandra Jackson, Executive Director, House of Ruth, 2020 Legacy of a Dream Awardee; George Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Bread for the City, 2015 Legacy of a Dream Awardee; and Abel Nunéz, Executive Director, CARECEN, 2017 Legacy of a Dream Awardee. Moderated by Dr. Adanna J. Johnson, Associate Vice President for Student Equity and Inclusion. More information at president.georgetown.edu/mlk

4:00pm-5:30pm: Developing Culturally Targeted Interventions to Reducing Disparities in Genetic Counseling and Testing Uptake 
Room 494, Edward A. Walsh Memorial Building

RSVP to vnn3@georgetown.edu. This event is hosted by the M.S. Health & the Public Interest Program.

Dr. Alejandra de Mendoza will offer a seminar in which she will discuss disparities in awareness and uptake of genetic counseling and testing for ethnically/racially diverse women at risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and will share ongoing culturally targeted interventions being developed and tested to reduce disparities. Questions to Vi Nguyen at vnn3@georgetown.edu.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

12:30pm-1:30pm: Brown Bag Lunch & Learn about the Kino Border Initiative 
Center for Social Justice Commons, 130 Poulton Hall

No RSVP. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice and Mission & Ministry.

Participants from the 2020 faculty and staff Magis immersion experience to the Mexico-US border with the Kino Border Initiative will share their learnings. Bring your lunch and your questions about migration and challenges on the border. Additional ways to engage in social justice and migration will be discussed. Questions to CSJ’s Associate Director, Mission Curricular Integration, Amanda.Munroe@georgetown.edu

5:30pm-7:00pm: The Ella Jo Baker Distinguished Lecture: Black Resistance in the Digital Age—From Twitter to Black Queer Feminism with Professor Cathy Cohen
Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building

No RSVP. This event is hosted by the Department of African American Studies. 

The Ella Jo Baker Distinguished Lecture of the Department of African American Studies will be given by University of Chicago Professor of Political Science Cathy Cohen, a field-defining political scientist who studies post-civil rights black politics and social movements. A prolific scholar, Professor Cohen has published two books, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics and Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics. She created and oversees two major research and public-facing projects: The GenForward Survey and Black Youth Project. Professor Cohen’s talk will highlight her current work on the new frameworks for understanding political pathways to racial justice in a post-civil rights society. Questions to Elaf Alchurbaji at ea690@georgetown.edu

6:00pm-8:00pm: Headshots and Cocktails 
Social Room, Healey Family Student Center

RSVP via Hoya Gateway. This event is hosted by Georgetown’s Black Alumni Network and the Georgetown Alumni Association.

Cultivate new relationships across schools, disciplines, and n. Juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni are welcome to participate in an evening of networking over headshots and cocktails.This event is limited to 150 alumni attendees and 150 student attendees to sign up today on Hoya Gateway.

  • If you have an existing Hoya Gateway profile, you will be directed to the event registration page immediately after you log in to Hoya Gateway. If you do not have an existing Hoya Gateway account, you will be asked to create one (sign-up takes just three easy minutes!).
  • Complete the prompts to set up a Hoya Gateway profile, and wait for your profile to be approved.
  • Once your profile is approved, visit the Events page in Hoya Gateway to complete your registration for Headshots & Cocktails.

Questions to the Associate Director of Development Engagement for Alumni of Color, Shauntell Pinckney, at slp47@georgetown.edu.

6:30pm-8:30pm: Fostering Love for Ourselves and our Community
Herman Room, Healey Family Student Center 

RSVP here. This event is hosted by Health Education Services.

Join fellow Hoyas for an evening of trauma-informed yoga led by Sameera Qureshi of HEART Women and Girls. Sameera facilitates sexual health education initiatives within Muslim communities across Canada. Her areas of interest are in curriculum and program development, community needs assessments, facilitation of trainings with adults and youth, and supporting institutions in creating policies and procedures regarding sexual violence. Dessert and a conversation about how to get involved in your local community will follow the yoga session. Questions to Erin Hill at elh76@georgetown.edu.

Friday, February 21, 2020

12:00pm-2:00pm: Where Do We Go From Here: Race & America
Social Room, Healey Family Student Center

RSVP here. This event is hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) and Center for Social Justice.

Dr. Kimani Nehusi, Associate Professor, Department of Africology & African American Studies, Temple University will offer the keynote: Where Do We Go From Here: Race & America. Light lunch will be served. Questions to Rosemary Kilkenny at kilkennr@georgetown.edu

5:00pm-7:00pm: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Education Policy and Practice
Room 202, Car Barn 

No RSVP. This event is hosted by the Master of Arts in Educational Transformation (MAET) Program.

Join the MAET program for an Education and Equity Spring Speaker Series event focused on Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Education Policy and Practice with guests:

Dr. Noliwe Rooks, Professor, Cornell University
Dr. Domingo Morell, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

6:30pm-8:00pm: US intervention and the Rise of Nuevas Derechas in Latin America Teach-In with Andean music group Wayta
Center for Social Justice Commons, 130 Poulton Hall

RSVP to csjevents@georgetown.edu. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice.

Join Wayta, a local Andean music group, to learn more about the connections between US Interventions and the Nuevas Derechas political scene in Latin America, including the ongoing struggle of indigenous nations in Bolivia. Space is limited to 25. Questions to CSJ’s Assistant Director, Newcomer and Immigrant Community Engagement, Jessica.Lee@georgetown.edu.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

11:00am-1:00pm: Actions and Targets: Workshop with Rising Organizers
Center for Social Justice Commons, 130 Poulton Hall

RSVP here. This event is hosted by the Center for Social Justice.

Protests, town halls, sit-ins – these are just some examples of actions people can take if they want to make change on the issues they care about. In this training, you will understand the elements of effective actions and build new, exciting tools to move your cause forward. This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Questions to CSJ’s Assistant Director, Youth Justice Programs, Suzie.Dhere@georgetown.edu.

6:00pm – 8:00pm: MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance 
Center for Social Justice Commons, 130 Poulton Hall 

NO RSVP. Express your interest to perform (spoken word, music, poetry).This event is hosted by the MLK: Let Freedom Ring! Initiative of the Office of the President and Center for Social Justice

The MLK: Let Freedom Ring! Initiative honors Dr. King’s legacy of captivating hearts and ears through an evening of spoken word, poetry and music. We hope that through this evening of reflection and artistic expression we can stir imaginations for change and hope for the future. Please join us in an evening of beloved community. Dinner provided. Questions to CSJ’s Assistant Director, Student Leadership Development and Racial Justice Initiatives, Whitney.Maddox@georgetown.edu.