Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT
Saturday, July 25, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Emory University

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322


Catherine Orr
Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors

The Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors organizes the Social Action Summer Institute annually in collaboration with the local host diocese or archdiocese and with the support of national partner organizations. SASI offers educational formation, professional development and advocacy training for diocesan and parish social action ministers. 



Conference Information 

1. What is the Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)? 

SASI is rooted in the principles of Catholic social teaching and provides a forum for participants to explore social issues in the light of scripture, Church teaching and theology.

2. What is the focus of SASI 2023? 

The conference will emphasize the various facets of human trafficking, including sex, labor and migrant trafficking. Workshops will be offered on how the Catholic Church, people of faith, and/or community organizations respond to this pro-life issue as well as skill-building opportunities.

3. Who should attend SASI? 

Catholic social ministry leaders, those interested in social justice issues, members of social justice committees; parishioners who want to learn more about Catholic social teaching, apply it to the “signs of the times” and learn skills to be more effective in the public arena – all from within the context of prayer, liturgy, and a Catholic spirituality of social justice. A supportive and challenging community of peers helps all participants grow. SASI is also open to those of other faiths interested in social justice.

4. Where is SASI held?  

This year, SASI will be at Emory University in Atlanta, GA from July 12-15.  Learn more about the university at https://www.emory.edu/home/index.html.

Registration Information / Información de Registro

1. What are the registration fees for SASI? 

Registration is open through July 7, 2023, and the entire event is $625 through May 31, and $699 beginning on June 1. Overnight registration closes on July 1. This includes the costs of lodging in the university dorms, meals, and all conference registration. Rates for single-day(s) registration are also available. See the schedule of fees on the registration site. 

2. How should I register for SASI? 

Participants can choose either registration for the entire SASI (Wednesday – Saturday) or registration for individual days of SASI. Participants are strongly encouraged to register for the entire SASI. Registration is possible through SASI Registration. Payment is possible by credit card or check, however, all checks must be received by June 15.

3. Is financial aid available? 

Yes, with a priority for diocesan/parish leaders, particularly first-time attendees.  Scholarships are typically partial and never cover travel expenses. Decisions on scholarships for diocesan participants are made on a rolling basis. Parish leaders must have a letter of support from their pastor indicating the applicant’s role in parish social ministry. To explore additional sources of financial aid, contact your diocesan social action director or pastor.  To apply for a financial aid, contact Roundtable at coordinator@catholicroundtable.org .



1. Where do we stay? 

Accommodations are provided in the dorms at the University.  Bed linens and towels are provided.  Participants need to bring their own hair dryers, irons, soap and other toiletries.  We also strongly recommend bringing a reusable water bottle.

2. What is the cost of the room

The costs of the room are included in the registration fee for participants registering for the full conference. 

3. Will I have a private bedroom/bathroom? 

SASI is a community experience. Dorm rooms are single occupancy with a common bathroom among a suite (shared bathroom for 2 people).  A limited number of private rooms might be available for an additional $100 fee on a first come, first served basis. Call Catherine Orr if interested, and she will try to accommodate the request.

4.  Are the rooms accessible for special needs? 

ADA compliant rooms are available. Please contact Catherine Orr with questions.



1. What airports are most convenient for attending SASI 2023? 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is less than 15 miles southwest of Emory University. 

2. How will I get to SASI from the airport? 

There are multiple ways to get to SASI from ATL airport:

Car Sharing (Lyft, Taxi, Uber)

For those renting a car and driving: 

3.  Is parking available? 

Parking will be available on campus. 


Cancellations & Refunds 

1. Will I be able to cancel my meeting registration? 

Any full refund request for cancellation of SASI 2023 registration must be received by June 1 minus a $50 administrative fee. 

Requests for cancellation after June 1 - July 9 will receive half back of their registration fee minus the processing fee. 

Any cancellations after July 9 will not receive a refund.

Refund requests or questions should be directed to coordinator@catholicroundtable.org.



SASI 2023 - "Out of the Shadows: Shining a Light on Human Trafficking" will emphasize the various facets of human trafficking, including sex, labor and migrant trafficking. Workshops will be offered on how the Catholic Church, people of faith, and/or community organizations respond to this pro-life issue as well as skill-building opportunities.


Tuesday, July 11

8:00 - 11:00 AM - Registration and Check-in 

11:30 AM - Bus departs Emory with boxed lunches

12:00 - 2:00 PM - National Center for Civil and Human Rights

2:30 PM - The King Center and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

3:00 PM - Reflection and closing prayer service by Ex. Pastor Vaughan at Ebenezer Baptist Church



Wednesday, July 12

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 -  Registration and Check-in 

12:00 - 2:00 PM - Exhibitor Set-Up

3:00 PM -   Opening Liturgy with Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

4:15 PM - Opening Keynote Address

5:30 PM - Social

6:00 PM - Harry A. Fagan Award Banquet

Thursday, July 13

6:30 - 8:15 AM - Breakfast

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Exhibit Hall open

8:30 AM - Opening Prayer

9:00 - 10:15 AM - Opening Panel, "Stories from the Street", survivors of human trafficking

10:15 - 10:45 AM - Break 

10:45 - 11:30 AM - Plenary Presentation by Ms. Theresa Flores, US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 PM - Workshops Round A

  • Themed Track 

  • Skill Building Track

2:15 - 2:45 PM - Break

2:45 - 3:30 PM - Plenary on Labor Trafficking

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Break

4:00 - 5:15 PM - Workshops Round B

  • Themed Track 

  • Skill Building Track

5:15 - 6:00 PM - Break

6:30 - 7:00 PM - Lyke House Presentation/Entertainment

7:00 - 8:15 PM - Cookout dinner at Lyke House


Friday, July 14

6:30 - 8:15 AM - Breakfast

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Exhibit Hall open

8:30 AM - Opening Prayer

9:00 - 9:45 AM - Opening Plenary by Mr. Dylan Corbett, Hope Border Institute

9:45 - 10:15 AM - Break

10:15 - 11:30 AM Workshops Round C

  • Themed Track 

  • Skill Building Track 

11:30 - 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 PM - Catholic Campaign for Human Development programming

2:30 - 3:00 PM - Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM - Catholic Relief Services' Experiential Learning Programming

4:30 - 4:45 PM - Break

4:45 - 6:15 PM - Roundtable Members Meeting

6:30 PM - Dinner on your own in Atlanta

8:30 PM - Optional movie night on campus, Wind River

Saturday, July 15

6:30 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast

7:00 - 8:45 AM - Checkout for those with morning departures

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Exhibit Hall open

8:45 AM - Prayer Labyrinth closes

9:00 - 10:30 AM - Street Stories Stations of the Cross

10:30 - 11:00 AM - Break

11:00 - 11:30 AM - Closing Remarks

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Closing Mass with Fr. Urey Mark, Lyke House, Emory University

12:45 - 1:30 PM - Checkout for those with afternoon departures