The Slevin Award was presented from 2010-2014 to a senior student(s) in the Program on Justice and Peace who displayed “academic excellence and commitment to social justice.” It was named in honor of Professor James F. Slevin, who was Acting Director of the Program on Justice and Peace from 2000 to 2002. Professor Slevin began teaching at Georgetown University in 1975 and was a prominent figure in the creation of the University's Program on Justice and Peace and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service.
Class of 2014
Michelle Chung (MSB)
Michelle's thesis research explored the marginalization of mothers and the stratification of different wage classes of mothers in terms of career stability and advancement in corporate America. She was also involved with various projects in the local DC community to advance social justice, including the DC Schools Project and the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative, an entirely student-run nonprofit organization serving the local low-income population in the DC metropolitan area. Michelle also interned in the Office of the General Counsel at the Peace Corps Headquarters for two years, and was an audit intern for KPMG, where she led a group of interns to participate in and win the national Intern Community Service Challenge through KPMG's Family for Literacy program. Michelle returned full-time to KPMG in the fall of 2014 and hopes to continue working in the nonprofit sector to grow her experience with corporate social responsibility.
2010-2014 (GUNAACP) : I have been everything from a general body member, political action committee chair, to now, President of GU NAACP. Over my four years we have organized rallies, done voter registration drives at area high schools, and kept the Georgetown community up to date on issues that affect communities of color. *** 2010-2014: Member of Male Development Association since I was a freshman. Under this program, every Friday myself,along with a few other minority men at Georgetown go and engage in dialogue with young men at Duke Ellington High School over pizza. The conversations are incredibly rewarding and I truly think we are making a difference in these young men's lives. *** 2012 - Studied abroad in Northern Ireland studying reconciliation and participated in talks with folks form the Protestant and Catholic communities about healing and restorative justice. *** 2013-2014 - Running for City Council in Newark. My campaign has engaged dozens of young people, and helped to reenergize a community that has been plagued with violence, poverty, and sub-par education for to long. My campaign has done everything from hold prayer vigils for peace to community celebration days where we sign teens up for SAT classes, help people get covered under ACA, and give out food for the community. The greatest mix of advocacy and community service that I have been able to do.
Class of 2013
Hanna studied Government in the college and earned minors in both Justice and Peace Studies and French. While at Georgetown, Hanna pursued many avenues to become more connected to the Washington, D.C. community, including volunteering for a local nonprofit called LIFT DC and advocating for the working poor as a researcher for the AFL-CIO and an organizer with UNITE HERE local 23. She brought her interest in community involvement to Dakar, Senegal during her Junior year, where she volunteered as an English teacher and for the microfinance nonprofit Zidisha. Hanna’s involvement with Washington, D.C.’s local community and her interest in the political power of socially disadvantaged populations inspired her thesis topic: an analysis of the urban renewal of the city’s U Street corridor. Now graduated, Hanna hopes to find new ways to support urban America’s vulnerable populations and transform the way the country perceives poverty.
Lara majored in International Politics with a concentration in International Law in the School of Foreign Service. At Georgetown, she was the president of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, president of the Armenian Student Association, a Tour Guide, and a member of the Honor Council. She also participated in a variety of organizations that advanced her interest and commitment to social justice. As a sophomore, she worked as a student leader for the Meyers Institute for College Preparation, a program that brings underprivileged students onto campus every Saturday to prepare them for the years after high school. In addition, during her junior year, Lara was a participant in the Kalmonivitz Initiative’s Domestic Worker Exchange pilot program. She has also worked outside of the Georgetown community as a campaign coordinator for a small nonprofit called StopGenocideNow and as an intern for the United Nations Development Programme in Yerevan, Armenia. Since graduation, Lara has moved to New York where she works in finance with hopes of gaining the technical skills needed to advance the microfinance movement worldwide.
Class of 2012
As an American Studies major with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies, Marisa Edmonds enjoyed Georgetown’s multiple opportunities for academic engagement with the local DC community, particularly with regard to faith and education issues. As a student, Marisa sought to integrate a commitment to social justice into her college experience, from the classroom to extracurricular activities. Her involvements on campus included service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the ESCAPE Retreat Program, Alternative Spring Break, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Beyond the hilltop, she has studied and traveled in a variety of locales from Beijing to Beirut. In the local community, Marisa’s work as a member of the DC Public Schools Human Capital Team solidified her commitment to addressing what she sees as the most challenging JUPS issue today, educational inequity. After graduation, Marisa will be teaching early childhood education in Memphis, Tennessee as a Teach For America corps member.
Class of 2011
Danielle Lovallo Vermeer
Danielle majored in International Politics and Law and received Certificates in Justice & Peace Studies and Russian, Eurasian, & East European Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. While at Georgetown, Danielle was active in many academic and extracurricular groups, such as Take Back the Night (TBtN), Students Stopping the Trafficking of People (SSTOP), The Vagina Monologues, and faith-based groups. After graduation, Danielle began working at a philanthropic consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois, conducting analysis and research for family, institutional, and corporate foundations on a variety of social justice issues such as environmental conservation, corporate social responsibility, and violence prevention.
In the picture above, Danielle is shown doing the most feminist thing she has ever done: get married. In June 2011, Danielle and her husband Mike were married in Chicago, Illinois. As part of this new union, the two decided to reject patriarchy ("Mr. and Mrs. Hisfirstname Hislastname"), discern last name options, and ultimately forge a new tradition as husband and wife: they chose a completely new name.
Mimi majored in Sociology and double minored in Chinese and Justice and Peace Studies in the College. In May 2011, she was the first in her family to graduate from college. As a 2011-2013 Teach for China (TFC) fellow, she is part of the first cohort of teachers to be deployed to teach in Guangdong. She completed six weeks of summer training in Yunnan. Since September, Mimi has been teaching 112 fifth graders English and music at Shenxi Elementary School in Shantou. Her interest in social justice work and youth in education began with her own life story of growing up in an underserved community and a first generation Chinese-American household. Throughout high school, she participated in Legal Outreach, Inc., a college bound program that highly emphasized the importance of higher education. Mimi’s dedicated time during her college years as a tutor for the DC Schools Project and was involved in various education-focused programs. When she completed her JUPS thesis and further realized the disparities of living conditions in different parts of the world, she was inspired to join TFC and its efforts to address educational inequality.
Class of 2010
Christy studied Psychology and Justice and Peace in the College and graduated in May 2010. Through the JUPS service learning requirement, she began working with Little Friends for Peace (LFFP), teaching skills of peace to children. She studied abroad with Casa de la Solidaridad at the University of Central America in El Salvador, attending classes three days a week and working in an impoverished urban community two days a week. Between her work with LFFP and Casa, she was inspired to write a Peace Education Curriculum for Elementary School Children in El Salvador (which affectionately come to be known as "The Peace Train Class") for her JUPS thesis. After Christy graduated, she returned to El Salvador for a year and had the opportunity to further develop and teach her curriculum at Centro Arte para la Paz in Suchitoto. She is currently teaching Spanish in Connecticut and working with LFFP to publish the Peace Train Curriculum.
Brittany graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service in May 2010. Currently, she is a second-year law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Brittany spent summer 2011 interning with HIAS Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she engaged in a variety of legal aid work for immigrants. It was a wonderful experience and an outcome of her JUPS thesis, which first sparked her interest in immigration law. As of yet, Brittany is unsure what the future will hold, but she knows that her interest in Justice and Peace Studies will be reflected in whatever law career she pursues.