Community Initiatives

Center for Social Justice
On the Main Campus, the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) coordinates the University's direct service work in the local community. CSJ runs three staff-led K-12 education programs, supports dozens of student-led service organizations, leads local and national service projects, and supports faculty in community-based pedagogy and research. 

Community Service Day 
Each year as part of New Student Orientation, incoming freshmen participate in Community Service Day in communities across Ward 7. In 2013, over 700 students joined with community members at 15 sites in Ward 7.

John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of A Dream Award
Every year the University recognizes the work of an inspiring local leader that embodies Dr. King's legacy and is making a demonstrated impact in the city, and embarks on a year of sustained partnership with the awardee and his/her organization. Georgetown honors him or her at a free concert at the Kennedy Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

  • Lecester Johnson, Academy of Hope
    In 2014, the University recognized Lecester Johnson, executive director of the Academy of Hope, for her work providing adults with low literacy needed education and workforce development services. Academy of Hope is a non-profit providing adult education and workforce development in the District, and will become a public charter school in 2014. Georgetown will begin a formal partnership with Academy of Hope to assist with its strategic development and delivery of services.
  • Mary Brown, Life Pieces to Masterpieces
    In 2013, Georgetown gave the Legacy of a Dream Award to Mary Brown, executive director of Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LPTM). LPTM is a year-round, arts-based, youth development and character education organization that provides opportunities for African-American males, ages 3-25, in challenging neighborhoods in Wards 7 and 8.

Ward 7 Initiative
For more than 30 years, Georgetown University has engaged with partners in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 to provide educational support, mentoring, and healthcare services to students, families, and schools. Students, faculty, and staff from the Main Campus, Medical Center, and Law Center participate in literacy and academic support programs; community-based learning opportunities; legal education programs; and direct healthcare services.

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) 
Georgetown University is an active partner of the Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI), a cradle to career initiative focused on the Parkside and Kenilworth areas in Ward 7. DCPNI is one of 57 Promise Neighborhoods across the United States launched to try to stop the cycle of poverty by developing a cradle to career pipeline for children living in the neighborhood. Georgetown's partnership with DCPNI includes:

  • Literacy and tutoring services through the Center for Social Justice program DC Reads
  • College preparation for students in 6th through 12th grade through Kids2College and the Institute for College Prep
  • Family health assessment and training through the Center for Child and Human Development

Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
For many years Georgetown University has partnered with Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools. Faculty, staff, and students from Georgetown support educational opportunities for students and professional development for faculty and staff on Chavez’s 3 campuses, including:

  • Professor Doug Reed provides professional development to Chavez teachers
  • University Information Services assisted the development of a technology plan for the Chavez campus
  • Georgetown University hosted the 2014 Public Policy Symposium

Cristo Rey Network & Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School Partnership
Georgetown has been an active partner in the Cristo Rey Network, a network of 26 quality Catholic, college preparatory high schools for underrepresented urban youth. University representatives serve on the Network’s board of directors and support the local Cristo Rey high school, Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, MD. Every year, the University employs over a dozen Don Bosco students as part of the school’s work study program, hosts a variety of orientation and training programs for area Cristo Rey students, and many members of the Georgetown community volunteer their time at the school.

Raise DC
President John J. DeGioia serves on the Leadership Council of Raise DC, a public-private partnership created to promote an integrated approach across sectors to provide every youth with opportunities to succeed from cradle to career.