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Combining skills-based education with hands-on experience and applied reflection, Georgetown's Community Impact & Leadership Academy introduces you to the critical social justice issues that affect our communities. This experiential program provides you with a firsthand look at how direct action and community engagement intersects with policy development. Through highly structured community-based learning, you'll have the opportunity to work directly with organizations on projects that serve disadvantaged and underserved communities. You'll visit Capitol Hill, governmental organizations, and community-based organizations while engaging with international human and civil rights advocates and current youth activists.

Working in small groups, you'll identify issues in your own community and propose plans of action to respond and transform real-world injustices. While doing so, you'll deepen your understanding of social justice, develop capacities for sustaining engagement, and become part of a learning community committed to personal growth through service, action, and reflection. By the end of the program, you'll have the foundational knowledge and leadership capacities you need to become a changemaker in your community and an advocate for social justice.

Estimated Tuition:


Includes tuition, housing, and 19 meals per week


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How You'll Benefit

  • Develop awareness of key concepts related to community leadership and social justice
  • Explore social problems, causes, consequences, and transformation
  • Participate in dialogues and peer group discussions on prevalent issues in our society
  • Learn to work with peers collaboratively within a team
  • Visit with community leaders, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to learn about leadership in practice
  • Promote social action through civic engagement and community-based learning
  • Attend presentations and interact with leading scholars and practitioners
  • Work with Georgetown's Center for Social Justice faculty and staff
  • Improve presentation and communication skills
  • Gain a firsthand look at careers in fields such as human rights, law, education, health, public service, and urban development

Program Format & Subject Areas

As a student in the Community Impact & Leadership Academy, you'll spend your time engaged in a combination of class sessions, field trips, hands-on workshops, group discussions, and extracurricular activities. Throughout the course of the program, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:

  • Social justice and injustice
  • Community-based organizations
  • Social justice leadership
  • Civic engagement
  • Community-based learning
  • Agency and identity
  • Cities and gentrification
  • Inequality and inequity
  • Education
  • Power and privilege
  • Social transformation

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