The Center for Social Justice offers opportunities to stay engaged and serve over the summer. Stop by our Social Justice Summer Opportunities Fair on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 12 - 3 p.m. in HFSC. Each interest form below includes more detailed information about the program. Information about summer housing resources are availbale at the bottom of this page.
Also check out Apply for Funding for ways to fund summer social justice work from the local to the global.
- Reduce summer learning loss and teach in Ward 7’s elementary schools with the Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning
- Tutor and mentor court-involved youth with After School Kids (ASK) Program
- Advance early literacy skills for preschool children with Jumpstart
- Serve persons experiencing homelessness with the HOME Program
- Join the CSJ Alternative Breaks Program: Board, Trip Leader, and New Trip Development Proposal applications are coming soon
- UNXP 030-130: CBL Intersections of Social Justice
- Enroll in the Summer Edge Academy - JUPS 280: Digital Media and Social Action
- Support the CSJ’s work and join the CSJ Center Operations Interns, CSJ Evening Programs Driver, and CSJ Van Assistant teams
- Summer Housing Resources
The Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL) seeks undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a meaningful experience teaching in a classroom setting while engaging in deeper social justice issues surrounding education. GU Summer Educators provide instruction at a public elementary school in DC's Ward 7. The program begins June 5 with three weeks of training in Common Core Standards, assessment, lesson planning, building positive classroom culture and other elements of pedagogy. In co-teaching pairs, Summer Educators continue with five weeks of classroom instruction, ending July 28. The Summer Educators create and implement lesson plans for six hours a day, while receiving weekly observations, feedback, and support from experienced teachers. No prior teaching experience is required, but interested students should have a deep interest in education, teaching, and social justice. Federal Work Study and volunteer positions are available. Find additional information and register your interest online here. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to registrations received by March 2. Watch our videos, “Georgetown Students Prevent Summer Learning Loss in DC” and “Social Justice and the Classroom.” Contact CSJ’s SITL coordinator, Sabrina Sifuentes, at email@example.com with questions.
The After School Kids (ASK) Program serves at-potential teens in the DC metropolitan area, who are looking to make positive strides in their lives and to be catalysts for change in their community. ASK youth are adversely impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline, and may experiencing multiple obstacles to obtaining their high school diploma, careers, and postsecondary education. It is not uncommon for our youth to experience chronic trauma exposure, involvement in the court system, and to be over-aged and under-credited. Despite their daily obstacles, our youth envision a brighter future through education, social action, and wellness. As an ASK tutor, you will support our scholars in provides realizing their vision. ASK's tutoring schedule options are Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday evenings or Saturday morning. Be part of a supportive team environment where you will learn more about the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline, non-profit operations, evidence-based programming, and grant/contract funding. Find additional information about the program and register your interest online here. Volunteer and Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions are available. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to registrations received by May 1. Contact ASK Program Manager, Diana Acosta, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Jumpstart works with underserved preschool children to develop language and literacy skills that youth need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap. Over the summer Jumpstart corps members have the opportunity to gain experience in a 35-40 hour per week, immersive classroom experience. Teams will spend the majority of their day at the partner school--split between working in the daytime classroom under professional teachers, preparing for session individually and with their team, as well as implementing session. This increased time at the schools will allow for more professional development and hands-on experience than the academic year program provides, and would more fully prepare those interested in teaching to pursue that path. All Corps Members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program and promote children’s school success. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by April 30. Contact the Jumpstart Site Manager, Melissa Bernard, at email@example.com with questions.
Through HOME, students serve at the drop-in center Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) guiding service-resistant, chronically homeless individuals towards stability and housing through aggressive street outreach, provision of a safe and welcoming environment, and advocacy for the homeless. Students support different client-focused programs and projects 4-8 hours a week in Volunteer and Federal Work positions. Register your interest online. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to registrations received by May 1. Contact HOME Program Coordinator, Joel Hanson, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Alternative Breaks Program is preparing to release applications for our 2018-2019 board members and trip leaders. We will also release an application to accept new trip development proposals. Applications will be released in late February. These are excellent opportunities for strengthening and developing leadership skills while learning about social justice issues. Through this hands-on leadership experience, you have the opportunity to work with your peers, faculty, and staff, as well as community partners locally and internationally. Board Members guide the direction of the program’s growth and support 25 trips and nearly 300 students participating in immersion experiences. If you have any questions, please email CSJ Assistant Director for Immersion Programs, Mollie Vita, at email@example.com.
Intersections of Social Justice is a field-based online course. During the summer cross-section term (June 4 - July 28), students in Intersections earn 1, 2, or 3 credits (student’s choice) while engaging in community-based learning and reflective practice in virtual collaboration with a tight-knit learning cohort. To enroll, students submit an interest form. Talk to CSJ’s Assistant Director for Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy, Amanda Munroe, to discuss possible sites for social justice work over the summer. Learn more here.
Enroll in a 4-unit summer Justice and Peace Studies (JUPS) course with Prof. Jennifer Rosales: Digital Media and Social Action. What does it mean to be an engaged citizen in our digital age? Traditional engagement, such as voting, joining civic groups, volunteering, and attending town meetings has been connected to, superseded, and even replaced with online advocacy, “liking”, remixing and social media protesting. In this course we will examine how these new avenues of participatory politics and social action can be both liberating and constraining, affect change and contribute to noise, and be ambivalent and polarizing. We will discuss and reflect upon the agency gap and come up with ways to move from showing concern online to taking action within networked publics. To understand the intersection of politics and culture, we will investigate how cultural production leads to political influence and mobilization. Why and how do certain political voices get amplified while others are marginalized? What is the role of community in social action, movements, and change? We will connect theories of citizenship, participatory democracy, and the public sphere to case studies on digital social action and hands-on lab work creating memes, podcasts, and videos for social media campaigns and digital media projects. To receive follow-up information when course registration is available, please register your interest here. If you have any questions, please contact CSJ Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Jennifer Rosales, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center Operations Interns
The Center Operations Intern (COI) is the first point of contact for visitors and callers to the Center for Social Justice. The COI distributes van keys, manages mail, and supports the administrative work of the CSJ staff. This position is Federal Work-Study only. Register your interest online. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to registrations received by April 16. Contact Operations Officer, Caitlin Miller, at email@example.com with questions.
CSJ Evening Programs Drivers
The CSJ Evening Programs Driver positions are a critical component of our programs, without whom we would not be able to serve the community. The drivers will fulfill pick-up duties for the After School Kids (ASK) program. For ASK, drivers will be departing campus by 3:30 p.m. to pick up youth participants to bring them back to campus for programming with a second option of driving youth to their homes in the evening starting at 8:00 p.m. Trainings will be held so that drivers feel comfortable driving a 12-passenger van, and navigating routes.
Any combination of days and 2.5-hour shifts are available Monday through Thursday between 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.:
Shift Option 1: 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Shift Option 2: 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Find additional information about the position and submit interest forms online. Volunteer and Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions are available. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by May 1. Contact CSJ Associate Director, Ray Shiu, with any questions.
CSJ Van Assistants
The CSJ Van Assistant works with CSJ in keeping the vans fueled and cleaned. Hours are flexible for each day. A valid driver's license for at least one year is required to obtain a driver authorization. This position is Federal Work-Study only and pays $13.75/hour. Register your interest online. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to registrations received by April 16. Contact Van & Payroll Administrator, Lucia Cappelloni, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Summer Housing Resources
Below are some resources that may be helpful in securing housing during the summer. Please check back as we include additional resources as they become available. If you have another resource to suggest, please contact us at email@example.com.
- Georgetown Summer Fellows
- Center for Multicultural Equity and Acceess (CMEA) Summer Housing Scholarship
- Georgetown University Summer Housing
- Georgetown University's Off-Campus Housing Listing and Roommate Search
- Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Human Conditions Grant
- SIPS Summer Fellowship
- CSJ Summer Housing Support Award (the summer 2018 application is pending)