K-12 Educational Outreach
The Community Resource Service (CRS) is an educational outreach program that focuses on the needs of K-12 teachers and other educators in the District of Columbia and its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. The program aims to assist teachers in conveying a nuanced and realistic view of Arabs and Islam beyond the stereotypical images reflected in the entertainment and news media or the incomplete—and often biased—treatment of the history and politics of the region that are sometimes found in textbooks and other pedagogical materials. Since the founding of the CRS in 1983, thousands of educators have attended workshops and seminars on campus about the Arab world and Islam, brought Georgetown students and faculty to their classrooms, borrowed resources from the lending library, and asked the Director of Educational Outreach for assistance in curriculum planning and in tackling cultural issues in their schools. The program is supported by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, private sector grants, and the U.S. Department of Education.