Originally from Washington, DC and Hyattsville, MD, Diana’s professional interests include community organizing, social movement narratives, and positive youth development. She received her B.A. in Sociology with a secondary degree in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights from Harvard University. During her time in Boston, she worked with the Phillips Brooks House Association as Program Director of the Keylatch youth programs while supporting various community engagement efforts. Diana then returned to the DMV through a service fellowship to launch a post-secondary education access program for DCPS families with the Latin American Youth Center. She also worked with the Teen Program at Mary’s Center facilitating youth programming focused on community-building, post-secondary options, and healthy choices. Diana believes that young people are important agents of change who can create meaningful impact.
Melissa Bernard is the Jumpstart Site Manager at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice. She serves to recruit, train, and supervise college students who work with low-income preschoolers on language, literacy, and socio-emotional skill building. Melissa has a background in education and human development, having received her B.A. from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in 2016. After graduating she spent a year serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Washington, DC, as the Homelessness Outreach Programs Coordinator for both the CSJ and Campus Ministry at Georgetown University.
Gina Bulett (B'08)
Gina Bulett joined the CSJ team as Program Director of the After School Kids (ASK) Program in May 2014. In this role, she is responsible for recruitment, training, and support of Georgetown student tutors who serve at-potential youth. ASK operates year-round, serving upwards of 75 youth each semester.
Gina earned a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from University of Southern California in 2014. Prior to CSJ, she worked for Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, in direct service of court-involved, homeless, and at-risk youth. Gina is a 2008 graduate of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, having double-majored in Management and International Business. As an undergraduate, Gina tutored and mentored for the After School Kids (ASK) program and Oak Hill Outreach, serving court-involved youth.
Lucia Cappelloni joined the CSJ team as a Payroll and Van Administrator in October 2013. In this role, she helps to ensure the efficient and timely payment of the approximately 250 student employees involved in CSJ's community-based service activities. She also oversees student van coordinators, manages monthly billing processes, and verifies that vehicles are in compliance with state, leasing agent, and Georgetown policies and requirements.
Lucia is originally from the Republic of Moldova and graduated with a degree in Romanian and English Literature from the University of Bucharest. Lucia began her career working for the US Peace Corps in Moldova, providing administrative and interpreting support to volunteers and Peace Corps staff. After immigrating to the United States, Lucia provided comprehensive administrative support in the private sector for nine years.
Jesuit Volunteer; Coordinator, HOME Program
Joel Hanson serves as the Homeless Outreach | Meals | Education (HOME) Program Coordinator at the Center for Social Justice (CSJ). Joel is originally from Snohomish, Washington and spent the last four years at Gonzaga University as an undergraduate student. Joel graduated in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Sociology and Environmental Studies and a concentration in Leadership Studies. While at Gonzaga he was involved with the Comprehensive Leadership Program, study abroad trips to Zambia, service learning trips to Denver, Colorado, a cultural immersion trip to Los Angeles, California, University Ministry retreats and Christian Life Communities. He also worked in Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Assistant for two years and an Assistant Residence Director for one year. In addition, Joel spent three years as an intern for Zamia Gold, a student run organization that supports sustainable educational and economic development in Zambia. Zambia Gold funded many projects including a library with 10,000 books made possible by donations from generous donors and the sale of local, sustainable and fair trade products from Zambia. Zambia Gold's main product is honey and Joel considers himself a self-proclaimed connoisseur of honey. Joel enjoys being in the outdoors; skiing, backpacking, and boating.
Joel spent eight years volunteering monthly at New Horizons, a shelter in Seattle, Washington that accompanies teens experiencing homelessness. Joel is part of The Jesuit Volunteer Corps and will serve at both CSJ and Campus Ministry. He will coordinate homelessness outreach activities at the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) and the Father Makenna Center (FMC). He will work at GMC as the volunteer coordinator and will help coordinate a pilot program at FMC this year. Joel hopes to learn more about homelessness, provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for students, advocate for those experiencing homelessness by giving them a voice and breaking down stigmas around homelessness.
Jessica Lee joined CSJ’s team as the DC Schools Project Program Director in July 2013. As Program Director, Jessica is responsible for the oversight of the DC Schools Project which delivers English literacy skills support to children, youth, and adults of low-income, immigrant backgrounds in the DC area.
Jessica is from Portland, Oregon, where she attended Lewis and Clark College for her BA in International Affairs and Foreign Languages. She attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California for her Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration on nonprofit management and returned to Portland to work with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon on immigration, education, and health equity issues in Oregon’s communities of color. Previously to joining CSJ, Jessica worked as the Community Health and Service-Learning Coordinator at Georgetown Medical School.
Whitney Maddox (G'10)
Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development
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Whitney Maddox joined CSJ’s team as the Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development in April 2017. As Assistant Director, Whitney is responsible for connecting Georgetown students to service and social justice opportunities, coordinating university-wide social justice events, managing CSJ’s advising of student organizations, and building CSJ’s staff members’ capacity to oversee and advise student organizations through leadership development.
Whitney transitioned to the CSJ from Georgetown University’s Office of Student Conduct where she spent nearly five years overseeing the administration of the student conduct system, and properly implementing fair conduct procedures to resolve the most serious cases of the University to include sexual assault and bias related incidents. While pursuing her Masters degree in Journalism from the University, Whitney served as a Graduate intern in Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) where she worked with families in targeted D.C. public schools to bolster college knowledge and engagement in the college search and financial aid processes. After earning her degree in 2009, Whitney continued her work in CMEA, recruiting middle school students from D.C. and raising awareness of the importance of being college ready. Whitney is from Oakman, Alabama and attended Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama, a city rich with civil rights history.
Lauren Johannesson McCoy (C'04, MBA'14)
Lauren Johannesson McCoy has worked at the Center for Social Justice since May 2012. As Director of Finance and Administration, Lauren is responsible for the fiscal and administrative management of CSJ, including day-to-day as well as long-term financial and budgetary planning, support and oversight for Center programs and project, grants and endowment, and equipment and facilities.
A graduate of Georgetown University's College, Lauren participated in multiple CSJ programs, including FOCI, DC Schools Project and DC READS, during her undergraduate years. Inspired by her work at the CSJ, Lauren pursued a career in education after graduation. After serving as a Jesuit Alumni Volunteer at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, IL, Lauren returned to DC and continued to work as a high school teacher before returning to Georgetown to work in the Office of Residence Life. Lauren earned her MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
Caitlin Miller (C'17)
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Caitlin is from Austin, Texas and a graduate of Georgetown University with Bachelor’s degree in Government and Theology. She has pursued her love of India by studying Hinduism and spending a semester abroad in Pune, where she interned with the Deep Griha Society (DGS), a non-profit that works to better the lives of Pune’s poor. During her time with the DGS she designed and led youth personality development sessions, trained DGS staff members to conduct these sessions, and participated in the DGS child nutrition program. In her work life, Caitlin is dedicated to social justice and achieving a world in which every person has capacity to flourish and realize their full potential. In her personal life, Caitlin is dedicated to competitive ballroom dancing.
Amanda Munroe (G'12)
Amanda Munroe directs community-based learning, all forms of social justice curriculum infusion, and supports global social justice learning initiatives at CSJ. She also teaches and facilitates across campus(es) on the subjects of reflection for social action, cultural humility in social justice work, and communication and conflict.
Amanda joined CSJ as Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator in October 2013 following her work as Distance Learning Project Coordinator for the United States Institute of Peace. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution awarded with distinction. During her graduate studies, Amanda worked on conflict resolution initiatives for Georgetown's Office of the President. Her master's thesis, Peace Education through Sport: Critical Pedagogy for Conflict Literacy, identified promising practices in the design and implementation of sport for peace programs in Western Europe, with a particular focus on countering violent extremism. She has since published on the topics of religion, terrorism, and education; critical literacies, and peace education. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and French from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Amanda has traveled extensively, speaks German and French, and enjoys cycling, swimming, dancing, and practicing yoga.
Dr. Jennifer Rosales
Dr. Jennifer Rosales is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Social Justice. She spent the last two years leading the creation and implementation of a multidisciplinary, system-wide education evaluation plan for the California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership (CalArts CAP), as the Director of Research and Assessment. Jennifer has taught arts-based research and social science methodologies at CalArts. In addition, she has conducted mixed methods research studies on various arts programs (media, music, visual arts, and dance) and led arts integration programs for youth in Los Angeles and India. At the University of Southern California, she received her Ph.D. and MA in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts and her BA in History. Her interests include media and arts education, youth agency, evaluation and research methodologies, and social change in local and global communities.
Ray Shiu has served as Associate Director of CSJ since February 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of CSJ’s staff-run and student-run social justice community-based service, including student development, community and university outreach, and fiscal and administrative management. Ray joined CSJ as Special Programs Coordinator in 2004 and served as Program Director for Student Leadership and Special Programs from 2006 to 2012.
Originally from Modesto, CA, Ray received his BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a program and financial officer at a research center at the Columbia University Business School. While in New York City, Ray earned his MA in Higher Education, with a concentration in academic and student development from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Program Director, DC Reads Program and STEM Afterschool Program
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Sabrina Sifuentes serves as the Program Director of DC Reads. In this role, she is responsible for the recruitment, training, and support of Georgetown student tutors for elementary school-aged youth who are a grade level or more behind in literacy skills. Each semester, Georgetown students serve over 400 elementary students at nine sites in Ward 7. Originally from Texas, Sabrina is a graduate from the University of Dallas with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She spent two years serving as a Americorps Corps member for Reading Partners, a national early literacy education nonprofit, in both their North Texas and DC regions. Inspired by this work, Sabrina joined Teach for America to work as an elementary school teacher for Dallas Independent Schools while earning a Master of Education specializing in early literacy from Southern Methodist University.
Mollie Vita joined CSJ in December 2015 as the Assistant Director of Immersion Programs. In this role, Mollie directly oversees the First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI), GU's longest-running pre-orientation program that introduces 54 first-year Hoyas to community service and social justice; and the Alternative Breaks Program (ABP), offering 30+ immersion experiences to over 400 participants year-round. Mollie comes to Georgetown from our Jesuit neighbor, The University of Scranton, where she served for three years as the International Service Program Coordinator through the Office of Campus Ministries, organizing trips to Central and South America. Mollie most recently was an Area Coordinator in The University of Scranton's Office of Residence Life, through which she supervised a team of Resident Assistants and served as a University Conduct Officer. Originally from Long Island, New York, where she grew up with her parents and four brothers, Mollie earned her BS in education and MS in Reading Education from The University of Scranton. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education.
Dr. Andria Wisler
Dr. Andria Wisler became the Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice in January 2013. She first joined Georgetown University in Fall 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) and became Director of the program in January 2011. Andria received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education and Philosophy from Columbia University and master's in International Educational Development and Peace Education from Teachers College. Her research and teaching are in the fields of peace education, conflict studies, and international educational development, and her principal interest lies in the transformative potential of educational initiatives in post-conflict societies and for girls living in urban poverty. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Andria began her vocation within education as a school teacher at an independent school, the Cornelia Connelly Center (CCC), which serves low-income girls of the Lower East Side, New York City. She served as an invited member of the Board of Trustees of the CCC for six years.
At Georgetown, Andria has been involved in several campus initiatives and programs. She has participated in the inaugural group of Doyle Fellows, a campus initiative on inclusion and diversity, the Engelhard Initiative, and in the Fall 2010 semester, Andria was a faculty-in-residence in Georgetown’s Alanya, Turkey study abroad/community living-and-learning program. Due to her significant justice and peace pedagogical expertise, she was approached by Routledge to author an Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies textbook. Andria co-edited (with Celina Del Felice and Aaron Karako) Peace Education Evaluation (Information Age, 2015), a first of its kind resource of 20 chapters that reviews the trends and challenges in evaluation of peace education, presents case studies of programs around world, and offers ideas for methodological innovations.