The Education and Social Justice Project: International Summer Research Fellowships 2011

Authors: Deven Comen Conor Finnegan Codie Kane

February 6, 2012

The Education and Social Justice Project provides a select group of students with summer research fellowships to travel abroad for in-depth examinations of innovative initiatives in Jesuit secondary and post-secondary institutions. The project is made possible through the generous support of Rodney Jacob, a member of the University Board of Regents. During its second year, the project awarded three fellowships to students who spent three weeks with a Jesuit institution engaged in efforts to promote social justice through education. Deven Comen (Georgetown College) traveled to Mumbai, India, to research St. Xavier’s College’s involvement in promoting social justice and education in the rapidly developing city. Conor Finnegan (Georgetown College) studied the Jesuit Institute’s “Believing in Creation and Evolution” program in Johannesburg, South Africa. Codie Kane (Georgetown College) partnered with the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador to explore the relationship between social and economic inequity and differential access to education in the San Salvador region. This report brings together the main results of the field work, including background analysis of each of the initiatives and excerpts from extended interviews with educators and activists in each country.

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