The Social Justice & Public Policy Academy will not run in Summer 2021. We encourage you to visit the All Programs page for other program options.
The Social Justice & Public Policy Academy introduces you to the complex role of public policy through the lens of social justice. You will 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, justice, and equality; investigate how advocacy leads to change in public policy; develop your capacities for leadership; and be part of a community committed to personal growth.
You will have the opportunity to engage with professionals from think tanks and organizations that defend and work in areas of civil, economic, labor, and human rights. You will study the components that shape and impact public policy and interact with people that turn ideas into action.
You will gain valuable exposure to core theories and work in groups to explore and implement advocacy strategies that promote public awareness-building and policy reform around areas including racial justice, environmental justice, and gender justice. This includes envisioning proposed sustainable interventions that affect short-term relief and long-term social change.
This tuition is reflective of a virtual environment.
How You'll Benefit
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
Learn from community leaders, policy analysts, and government officials
Work with Georgetown's Center for Social Justice faculty and staff
Improve your skills in public speaking, facilitation, project design, and collaboration
Receive a Certificate of Participation upon successful completion
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the Social Justice & Public Policy Academy, you will spend your time engaged in a combination of class sessions, workshops, group discussions, reflection sessions, and extracurricular activities. You will have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
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