The Social Justice & Public Policy Academy introduces you to the complex role of public policy through the lens of social justice. You'll explore models and methods of public policy to gain an interdisciplinary understanding to analyze real-world problems. You will reflect on the meaning of democracy, freedom, justice and equality; investigate how advocacy leads to change in public policy; develop your capacity for leadership; and become part of a community committed to personal growth.
Taking advantage of our location in the heart of the nation’s capital, you'll have the opportunity to engage with policy think tanks and organizations that defend and work in areas of civil, economic, labor, and human rights. You'll study the components that shape and impact public policy and interact with leaders and lawyers that turn ideas into action. You'll also examine D.C. beyond the monuments and learn about its rich social justice history and the city's current challenges around inequality and inequity.
You'll register for one of five distinctive tracks: Environmental Justice, Gender Justice, Immigrant Justice, Labor Justice, or Racial Justice. In each track, you’ll gain valuable exposure to core theories and work in groups to explore and implement advocacy strategies that promote public awareness-building and policy reform. This includes organizing a participatory teach-in with members of the community to engage thoughtfully in proposing sustainable interventions that affect short-term relief and long-term social change.
Build awareness of key concepts related to social justice and public policy
Explore social problems, causes, consequences, and solutions
Use writing and critical reflection as applied learning
Participate in dialogues and peer group discussions on prevalent issues in our society
Visit with community leaders, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations
Develop a participatory teach-in oriented toward action
Interact with leading scholars and practitioners to learn about leadership in practice
Work with Georgetown's Center for Social Justice faculty and staff
Improve your skills in public speaking, facilitation, project design, and collaboration
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the Social Justice & Public Policy Academy, you'll spend your time engaged in a combination of class sessions, field trips, hands-on workshops, group discussions, and extracurricular activities. You'll register for one of five distinctive tracks: Environmental Justice, Gender Justice, Immigrant Justice, Labor Justice, or Racial Justice. These tracks will be grouped into two cohorts to facilitate focused learning in small, interactive groups.
Gender Justice I
Gender Justice II
Regardless of the track you choose, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
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