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Annual Report 2022-2023

The increasing fragility of the global order raised the salience of the Berkley Center’s work over the 2022-2023 academic year. As the COVID-19 pandemic and its terrible human cost receded from memory, new crises—including the Russian war against Ukraine, civil wars in Africa and the Middle East, growing refugee flows, and frequent extreme weather events—heightened the visibility of global challenges involving religion, peace, and world affairs. The center’s research, teaching, and outreach programs kept pace with international events, bringing faculty, students, and partners together around mounting challenges in a divided world. Scroll down or use the navigation at the top of the page to discover highlights from our research, outreach, and student programming this year.

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The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs seeks a more just and peaceful world by building knowledge and advancing cooperation through research, teaching, and dialogue.

Two premises guide the center’s work:

  • 1

    A comprehensive examination of religion and norms is critical to address complex global challenges.

  • 2

    The open engagement of religious and cultural traditions with one another can promote peace.

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2022-2023 Highlights

Culture of Encounter: Human Fraternity and Global Citizenship

Three female students discuss the Document on Human Fraternity during breakout sessions.
Human Fraternity Dialogues

Inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity, in spring 2023 the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, together with the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity and the Muslim Council of Elders, piloted the Human Fraternity Dialogues, a unique platform for students from around the world to engage in meaningful conversations rooted in the principles laid out in the Document. The program assembled 109 students from around the globe, representing a vibrant spectrum of religious affiliations and cultural backgrounds. Driven by an imperative to unite people across religious, national, racial, and political lines, Georgetown University, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, and the Muslim Council of Elders also co-hosted a one-day student conference centered on giving a voice to the next generation of global citizens. On September 19, 2022, undergraduate and graduate students gathered from 11 universities across the Washington, DC, area, representing 17 nations as well as diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

Read more about "Building Interreligious Solidarity: A Global Student Conference."
Learn more about the Human Fraternity Dialogues.

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Global Citizenship Dialogues

During the spring 2023 semester, the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) completed a successful pilot of its Global Citizenship Curriculum Project. Inspired by Jesuit Superior General Rev. Arturo Sosa’s 2018 call for “education for world citizenship,” the project brings students across the global Jesuit network of 200 colleges and universities into dialogue about the meaning and practice of global citizenship. Thirty-six professors from 20 Jesuit institutions incorporated a shared Global Citizenship Course Module (readings and recorded lectures) into diverse courses ranging from Theological Anthropology to Human Rights in Africa and Sociology of the Philippines. A highlight of the project was a series of 37 online dialogues that brought together 500 students from 12 different countries to share their perspectives on global citizenship with one another. Lively discussions centered on two foundational questions: “What does global citizenship mean to you?” and “How can young people have a positive impact as global citizens?”

Learn more about the Global Citizenship Curriculum Project.

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The War in Ukraine: Ongoing Efforts

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the Russian war against Ukraine, Georgetown University brought together a diverse group of scholars and policymakers for a conference on March 2, 2023, to explore the impact of the war on Ukrainian society, the dynamics of reconciliation across religious communities and civil society, and the domestic and international dynamics of post-war reconstruction within the country.

Read more about the Berkley Center’s conference on the "War in Ukraine."
Read a policy brief on Ukrainian religious actors and organizations after Russia’s invasion.

Learn More about The War in Ukraine: Ongoing Efforts
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Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship

Catholic sisters worldwide are compelling (if often largely silent and invisible) forces for change. Nowhere is this more true than in Africa, where they serve in many sectors but with a laser focus on the most vulnerable populations in their communities. This was the driving force behind the conception and creation of the Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship, a program designed to amplify the visibility, vitality, and voice Catholic sisters have as advocates for women and girls’ empowerment. The inaugural cohort comprises a group of 10 sisters from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda who are committed advocates in areas critical to development and humanitarian work, including women and girls’ education, health, trafficking, and livelihoods. On April 25, 2023, a panel on “Celebrating the Visibility, Vitality, and Voice of Catholic Sisters” brought together four sisters from the cohort to highlight the work they are doing in their countries and to share the obstacles and opportunities they see to enhance their roles and impact. The conversation was moderated by Sr. Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, associate vice president of program operations and head of the Catholic Sisters initiative at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith Local Communities, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University collaborated in the design and delivery of the Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship. Funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Read coverage of the panel.
Learn more about the Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship project.

Learn More about Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship


Total Events

From July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, the center hosted events that ranged from book talks and panel discussions to multi-day, international conferences.

Event Attendees

Over 2,000 people attended our virtual and in-person events over the last year, allowing center programming to engage a wider audience than ever before.

YouTube Views

Our library of over 1,500 event videos from the last 17 years continued to garner attention.

Students Engage with Human Rights

Iona Cismus discusses her human rights work and research with Georgetown students.
Meet and Greet with Dr. Ioana Cismas

At this event for Georgetown students, Ioana Cismas, co-director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights and a reader at the York Law School, shared about her work researching and providing legal and policy advice in public international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, law and religion, and transitional justice.

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Berkley Center Student Co-Leads Hoyas for Human Rights Summit

Student organization Hoyas for Human Rights (HHR) partnered with organizations from across campus to provide programming and information related to human rights during its first-ever summit on March 31, 2023. The Berkley Center hosted an informational table for students to learn how they can develop and incorporate their interest for religion and human rights through our various student programs. HHR co-founder Gwyneth Murphy (SFS’23) is an undergraduate in the Berkley Center’s religion, ethics, and world affairs (REWA) minor program. She emphasized the importance of partner organizations for helping students engage meaningfully in human rights work and scholarship, as she attributes much of the inspiration for Hoyas for Human Rights to her REWA courses.

Read more about the Hoyas for Human Rights Summit.


Our primary activities revolve around a core set of faculty members whose research agendas drive all other center activities, from teaching and student programs to public outreach. Faculty programs do not merely manifest in the form of publications and a few public events, but connect to a vast set of global networks that shape academia, national and international policymaking, and public opinion.


Center senior fellows and senior research fellows authored commentary pieces placed in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and La Civiltà Cattolica, among other outlets.

Articles or Book Chapters

Senior fellows and senior research fellows published several research articles and book chapters in edited volumes.


The late Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J.’s edited volume was published this past year. Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., also contributed a foreword to a memoir.


The center released several reports, policy briefs, working papers, and white papers from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Faculty Scholarship

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Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J.

Berkley Center Senior Fellow

Walsh School of Foreign Service

At a 2017 Vatican conference, Pope Francis condemned nuclear weapons. Forbidden: Receiving Pope Francis's Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons (Georgetown University Press, February 2023)—edited by the late Berkley Center senior fellow Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., and Carole Sargent—presents essays from moral theologians, defense analysts, conflict transformation scholars, and nuclear arms control experts, with testimonies from witnesses to show how we might achieve a nuclear-free world.

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Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J.

Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow

At the age of 48, Rev. Patrick C. Goujon, S.J., suddenly remembered what a priest had done to him for four long years, beginning when he was 7 years old. Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., contributed a foreword to Precarious: A Survivor of Clerical Abuse Remembers (Georgetown University Press, 2023), a memoir that tells the story of how Goujon learned to survive the shock of this revelation and to live as a believer.

Jocelyne Cesari
Jocelyne Cesari

Berkley Center Senior Fellow

Department of Government

To date, the studies on the religious dimension of immigration across religions and countries are rare. They also have the disadvantage of focusing almost exclusively on the religious identities of Muslim immigrants. In a book chapter entitled “Nexus of Religion and Immigration: Islamicized and Securitized,” published in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Contemporary Migration (Oxford University Press, 2023), Jocelyne Cesari identifies two structural components of the nexus between religion and immigration: the disconnection of religious and national identities experienced by migrants and the fact that their religion is in the minority in their new country of residence.

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Becky Yang Hsu

Berkley Center Senior Fellow

Department of Sociology

Continuing bonds with the deceased are essential and ongoing aspects of bereavement. In China, the annual ritual of grave sweeping involves family members visiting the graves of their loved ones to offer items and conversation. This open-access article entitled “Maintaining, Relinquishing, and Adapting Bonds in Bereavement: A Qualitative Study of Grave Sweeping in China,” co-authored by Becky Yang Hsu and published in SSM-Mental Health, explores how continuing bonds may be maintained through the ritual of grave sweeping.

Religion and International Affairs

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Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion & Diplomacy (TPNRD)

In recognition of religion’s ongoing geopolitical relevance, many foreign ministries become more attentive to religion—establishing new units or envoy positions focused on analyzing religious dynamics and engaging religious groups around the world. The diplomats who are the designated point people on issues of religion and international affairs within their respective ministries often face similar challenges: resource constraints, insufficient training, bureaucratic resistance, and leadership that may make too little—or too much—of religious engagement. TPNRD is a forum of diplomats from Europe and North America who have engagement with religious and faith-based groups in their portfolios, coordinated by project director Judd Birdsall. TPNRD meets regularly, hosts briefings, commissions policy reports, manages the Religion & Diplomacy website, and pursues collaboration through working groups focused on the geopolitics of religion, religious literacy training, conflict and peacebuilding, and the fostering of inclusive societies.

Learn more about the project.

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Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power Project (GRSP)

The Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power project represents a multi-year, cross-disciplinary effort to systematically study the use of religion in foreign affairs. In the second phase of the project starting in 2022, the role of religion in the foreign policy of emerging powers such as China, India, and Russia—particularly with respect to the Western Balkans, the Middle East, and South/Southeast Asia—is an area of significant focus. Since 2020, the program has organized an ongoing webinar series featuring scholars from around the world whose work focuses on GRSP-relevant themes, and this series will continue during the second phase. Aspects of this new phase of project work—particularly those dealing with the impact of religious geopolitics on peace and stability around the world—will be implemented in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, where project director Peter Mandaville will be on special assignment from 2022 to 2024.

Learn more about the project.

Featured Faculty

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Rabbi Abraham Skorka
Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka, a senior research fellow for Jewish studies and Jewish-Christian relations at Georgetown University, received an honorary doctorate from the Department of Theology of the University of Trnava in Slovakia. Pope Francis then sent Skorka, his long-time friend, a letter in May 2023 to congratulate him and recall his commitment to interreligious dialogue, faith, and human rights.

Read more about Rabbi Skorka’s honorary doctorate.

Jonathan Ray
Jonathan Ray

Professor Jonathan Ray, the Samuel Eig Professor of Jewish Studies in Georgetown University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies and a faculty fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, served on the program committee for the Medieval Academy of America’s ninety-eighth annual gathering in Washington, DC, from February 23 to 26, 2023. This organization is a scholarly community committed to deepening, broadening, and sharing knowledge of the medieval past in an inclusive and equitable way.

Read coverage of the Medieval Academy of America’s 98th annual gathering.

Amy Uelmen
Amelia Uelmen

Senior Research Fellow Amelia (Amy) Uelmen was featured in an episode of AMDG: A Jesuit Podcast to discuss her work at the intersections of faith, morality, and law and give tips for trying to connect with people we disagree with on thorny issues.

Listen to the podcast episode.

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Religion and the Crisis of Displaced Persons

Forced displacement presents one of the world's most intricate challenges, impacting the lives of over 100 million individuals due to conflict and repression. Addressing this multifaceted issue necessitates collaborative international efforts. The Religion and the Crisis of Displaced Persons project responds by shedding light on the active role played by religion, religious communities, and global actors. Through concise analyses, insightful webinars, expert viewpoints, and diverse content, the project aims to illuminate various aspects of this predicament. By fostering a comprehensive understanding, it seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the global drive to address this complex concern.

Learn More about Religion and the Crisis of Displaced Persons
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The Church as a Space of Solidarity: The Church Asylum Movement in Germany

In this working paper published in November 2022, Julia Mourão Permoser explains that countries across Europe have been confronted with pro-migrant solidarity movements that engage both organized civil society and local political actors. She contends that the church asylum movement in Germany has revived the ancient practice of solidarity, drawing upon both its history and symbolism. The movement has also reshaped social and political contours. Though church asylum has sparked controversy and elevated tensions between religious communities and governments, activists justify their actions on normative grounds.

Read the working paper.

From the Berkley Forum

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Jocelyne Cesari

“Since the pandemic, religious communities have gained visibility and credibility in the management of global crises and when it comes to forced migration, international organizations are undoubtedly paying greater attention…It is undeniably a challenge to take into account several religious dimensions of the refugee crises that are simultaneously at play in any given situation.”

Jocelyne Cesari

Katherine Marshall

“Religious and non-religious humanitarian actors, institutions, and systems would benefit from a more thoughtful, deliberate, and strategic mutual recognition and engaged dialogue…The challenge ahead is to deepen appreciation for the distinctive strengths and challenges for religiously linked actors in the humanitarian system, and to point to practical steps towards the dialogue and action that we recommend.”

Katherine Marshall

David Hollenbach

“All world religions thus affirm that we ought to treat others as we wish to be treated. This Golden Rule is found in virtually all religious traditions…Thus there is solid evidence that religious traditions all assert normative duties to assist displaced people who are facing grave threats to their well-being. These traditions, when rightly interpreted, can make important contributions to the protection of displaced persons.”

Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J.

Student Programs

The Berkley Center offers a number of ways for students to get involved, including conducting research through our global fellowship programs, taking courses through our minor, working as student assistants at the center, and participating in experiential learning through the Doyle Engaging Difference Program.

Our approach to student programs at the Berkley Center is grounded in the Jesuit value of caring for the person (cura personalis), a central tenet of the Georgetown University education. Our programs are animated by the center’s mission of bringing together scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and students to seek a more just and peaceful world by building knowledge and advancing cooperation through research, teaching, and dialogue.

Our student offerings are also deeply informed by the Doyle Engaging Difference Program’s mission to equip students and faculty with the skills necessary to thoughtfully engage matters of difference in integrated spaces of teaching and learning, in and outside the classroom. As campus collaborators on the Doyle Program, the Berkley Center seeks to implement this vision through guided academic and professional mentorship and extended learning opportunities that transcend the classroom, helping students connect their Georgetown experiences to local and global communities.

Upon completing any Berkley Center student program, the participant should be able to:

  • Show evidence of global awareness, particularly interreligious and intercultural competencies, by engaging in discourse and practice on matters of political, religious, social, economic, and racial differences.

  • Demonstrate analytical skills and the ability to clearly articulate complex issues in research and digital scholarship.

  • Illustrate interdisciplinary knowledge integration and intellectual curiosity in traditional and experiential learning spaces.

Student Programs by the Numbers

Faculty Courses

Center faculty taught courses across the Georgetown campus, from the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Foreign Service to Georgetown Law.

Doyle Seminars

This academic year, the Berkley Center supported Doyle Seminars on a wide range of subjects—from modern philosophy to anti-colonialism and disability narratives.

Education and Social Justice Fellows

Over summer 2022, fellows conducted research on Jesuit educational initiatives in England, Portugal, and the United States.

Doyle Global Dialogue Students

The Doyle Global Dialogue provides a platform for Georgetown students to reflect on interreligious and intercultural engagement while studying abroad.

Student Assistants

Student assistants are integral to the work of the center, where they contribute to faculty research projects and support communications and outreach efforts.

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Doyle Engaging Difference Program

The Doyle Engaging Difference Program supports innovative learning experiences that equip Georgetown University students and faculty to constructively engage differences inside and outside the classroom. The university-wide program supports curricular engagement with difference and diversity in introductory and upper-level courses through Doyle Faculty Fellowships and Doyle Seminars, respectively. Students studying internationally also have the opportunity to reflect on their encounters with diverse host societies as part of the Doyle Global Dialogue. Both students and faculty can apply for Doyle grants and participate in Doyle events to further engage in critical dialogue on diversity in co-curricular spaces.

Learn More about Doyle Engaging Difference Program

In 2022-2023, 21 students participated in the Doyle Global Dialogue (DGD), a peer-to-peer conversation among students studying internationally. This year, DGD participants explored the challenges and possibilities of intercultural exchange, and the global diversity of the cohort allowed for rich reflection across lines of difference. Read about their experiences by clicking on each highlighted country.

This map displays the countries of origin for members of the 2022-2023 DGD cohort, which included three students studying at the Georgetown University campus in Qatar and two international students based at the Washington, DC, campus.

DGD Student Reflections

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Niharika Pant
Niharika Pant (SFS'24)

Home Country: Nepal

School: Georgetown University in Qatar

“So, although I have found myself sitting a little bit straighter and being more meticulous with my words to be taken seriously, the positive experiences in this country far outweigh the bad. America, more specifically Georgetown University, has allowed me and my roommates to find refuge in our culture and religion, and for that, I am forever impressed and grateful.”

Read Pant’s full reflection.

Faye Hasian
Faye Hasian (SFS’24)

Home Country: Indonesia

School: Georgetown University (Main Campus)

“In Taipei, cultures of the world rest against each other. Somehow both bustling and soothing, the city is a tapestry of opposites: traditional architecture preserved by modern innovations, spiritual discipline intertwined with the rhythm of nine-to-five jobs, and individuality shining through commonality. It is hard not to fall in love.”

Read Hasian’s full reflection.

Michael Bernstein
Michael Bernstein (SFS’24)

Home Country: United States

School: Georgetown University (Main Campus)

“My time abroad cultivated a new perspective that perhaps we’re doing something wrong, or even missing something altogether. American university campuses, social media platforms, and political discussions have become hyper-polarized. Valid and much-needed discussions around race invoke deeply personal experiences that offer invaluable perspectives to public policy. Yet, stepping outside the ring for a brief moment, I can’t help but wonder if we’re becoming more divided. Switzerland’s unity around shared values has certainly been a refreshing and uplifting experience for this particular Hoya that challenged me to rethink how we engage differences.”

Read Bernstein’s full reflection.

Esther Wroth
Esther Wroth (SFS’24)

Home Country: China

School: Georgetown University (Main Campus)

“Coming back to the United States, I don’t know how to identify as Christian without identifying as a believer, but for five years I have struggled to reconcile these sides of myself, and I feel a lot of hope for reaching that. I’ve often found myself in spaces where I see things through my secular lens or my Christian lens, but this semester in Almaty was one of the first spaces where I could be both at once.”

Read Wroth’s full reflection.

Eric Wang
Eric Wang (C’24)

Home Country: Nigeria

School: Georgetown University (Main Campus)

“While I wish I could spend a semester in every country to gain a fuller understanding, I am satisfied with the widened perspective that I have gained from this trip. Even if I forget the details of my experiences, the fact that I was able to meet and learn from real people grants me a more empathetic understanding of those from faraway cultures, pushing me past a U.S.-centric world belief. I believe that experience will be something profound to take back to Alabama, aspiring to combat the ever-growing 'us vs. them' mindsets in my home country.”

Read Wang’s full reflection.

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Doyle Seminars

Doyle Seminars provide a focused learning space for exploring questions of national, social, cultural, religious, moral, and other forms of difference, as well as deepen student learning about diversity and difference through enhanced research opportunities. Faculty who receive Doyle support are asked to develop inclusive pedagogies and to experiment with innovative ways of getting students to engage with challenging and diverse perspectives. The program offers instructors the chance to enhance their courses with experiential learning through invited guests, outings to local museums or performances, and film screenings, coupled with an intensive focus on student research projects. This past academic year, the program supported eight Doyle Seminars on a wide range of subjects—from ethical theory to Francophone feminist thought and political ecology.

Learn More about Doyle Seminars
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Conversations about Anti-Racism

After the initial three-part conversation series in spring 2021, the Doyle Conversations about Anti-Racism in Higher Education continued to bring together students, faculty, and staff at Georgetown University for four sessions during the 2022-2023 academic year. Sponsored by the Doyle Engaging Difference Program, the series invited members of the Georgetown community to share strategies and tools related to anti-racist work across campus. The Doyle Program also offered a special session as part of the Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI) in May 2023. Events in the series explored anti-racist work in a wide variety of settings at Georgetown, from the curriculum and classroom pedagogy to student life. In each event, leaders from across the university reflected on their anti-racist work as part of a panel discussion. By fostering critical dialogue about race in its complexity, the event series helped to advance the conversation about racial justice on campus and beyond.

Read more about the TLISI session.

Faculty-Led First-Year Seminars

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Paul Elie
Paul Elie

Senior Fellow, Berkley Center

Director, American Pilgrimage Project

The Search (IDST 010-21) sought to understand the personal search through rich accounts in literature—books in which author and reader venture forth together in order to make sense of their lives and the world around them—and the different ways a search can be framed through the art of narrative.

Michael Kessler
Michael Kessler

Executive Director, Berkley Center

Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Government | Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law

Creating and Making: The Moral Craft of Life (IDST 010-15) explored philosophical and theological visions of craft, labor, and creativity, and their connections to moral and political life, as a way to think about how our laboring, crafting, and creating is a fundamental part of what constitutes the good life.

Katherine Marshall
Katherine Marshall

Senior Fellow, Berkley Center

Professor of the Practice, Walsh School of Foreign Service

Pandemic Responses: Practice and Ethics (INAF 100) examined human rights and ethical issues linked to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as focused on how local and global institutions respond to humanitarian challenges.

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Berkley Center Student Assistants

Student assistants are integral to the work of the center, helping us achieve our mission through their contributions to faculty research projects, as well as their support of communications and outreach efforts. Some work directly with faculty members to provide book editing assistance; conduct research that informs reports, blogs, or policy briefs; or support classroom instruction. Others support our staff in day-to-day center operations. In all cases, student assistants are given meaningful, content-rich work that develops knowledge and skills that make them strong candidates as they seek internships and enter the job market.

Learn More about Berkley Center Student Assistants
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Education and Social Justice Project

The Education and Social Justice Project (ESJ) provides Georgetown students summer research fellowships to explore issues at the intersection of education and society. Student participants conduct in-depth examinations of innovative initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit secondary and post-secondary institutions. Under faculty supervision, students gather information through interviews, analyze best practices, and share their reports and conclusions with a wider global audience. The fellowship is administered by the Berkley Center and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service.

Watch the recording of the 2022 Global Social Justice Research Symposium.

Learn More about Education and Social Justice Project

2022 ESJ Fellows

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Sarah Craig
Sarah Craig


Project Location: Mobile, Alabama (United States)

Craig conducted research at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. During her three weeks at Spring Hill College, a small Jesuit college, her research focused on support systems that sustain students throughout their time in college, and how those systems are influenced by the school’s Jesuit values.

Read more about Craig’s project.

Vikki Hengelbrok
Vikki Hengelbrok


Project Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Hengelbrok conducted research at the Fundação Gonçalo de Silveira (FGS). During her three weeks in Lisbon, Portugal, she shadowed, interviewed, and participated in projects at FGS, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing inequalities within their communities through the development of global citizenship and care for the common good. Her research focused on the methodologies and practices that FGS employs in order to foster global citizenship, while also examining the impact of the 48-year long dictatorship on the role of civil society organizations within the Portuguese education system.

Read more about Hengelbrok’s project.

Kartikeya Uniyal
Kartikeya Uniyal


Project Location: United Kingdom

Uniyal conducted research at three public and four private Jesuit schools in England. During his three weeks in England, he sought to understand the complexities of balancing social justice, character development through value-based education interventions, and financial stability at Jesuit schools across England. His research specifically focused on the Jesuit Pupil Profile, a value-oriented educational program aimed at building well-rounded and active students.

Read more about Uniyal’s project.

Hoya Paxa Student Programs

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Theology and Culture Community Dinner Group

The Theology and Culture Community Dinner Group serves as an informal community-building space for law students and graduate students from different disciplines to exchange ideas about topics of interest. Students take turns choosing (brief) readings, sparking the discussion, and also providing an entry point for those who may not have had time to read that week. The group meets every other week at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Learn more about the Theology and Culture Community Dinner Group.

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Theology in Arabic

The Berkley Center and Georgetown’s Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies partnered during the 2022-2023 academic year to pilot a series of seminars on theology in Arabic. Georgetown students and faculty are invited to participate in reading Arabic theological texts in translation through these seminars, which will function as reading groups with an emphasis on exposure to theological reasoning and the personal voice of the authors from original Arabic texts. As familiarity with key topics develops, so too will familiarity with Arabic in its shared theological vernaculars across world religions: i.e., on the basis of terminology and overarching themes, and as a vehicle of personal expression.

Learn more about the Theology in Arabic series.

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Pulitzer Center International Reporting Collaboration

Elene Chkhaidze (SFS’25) was selected as the Berkley Center-Pulitzer Center international reporting fellow for summer 2023. She explored the role of religion in the Cyprus conflict. Her project centers religious leaders and visual elements to document the role religion could play in reconciliation efforts.

Read more about Elene and her project.

Student Spotlight

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Domenic De Santes
Domenic De Santes (C’23)

REWA Minor

"Inspired by my engagement in interreligious dialogue while at the Berkley Center, I was motivated to teach abroad after undergraduate at an international university that cultivates interreligious solidarity."

Kate Reeves
Kate Reeves (SFS'23)

Doyle Undergraduate Fellow

"My work with the Berkley Center has helped me understand how faith compels people to respond to political and social issues. These lessons are vital to my research and advocacy on issues related to environmental justice and migrant rights."

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