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Georgetown University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
37th and O Streets
Washington, District of Columbia 20057
Phone
(202) 687-0100
School Information
Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. We are a vibrant community of exceptional students, faculty, alumni and professionals dedicated to real-world applications of our research, scholarship, faith and service. Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Drawing upon the 450-year-old legacy of Jesuit education, we provide students with a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs. Students are challenged to engage in the world and become people in the service of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community. These values are at the core of Georgetown’s identity, bringing together members of the community across diverse backgrounds. (source: https://www.georgetown.edu/about/)
General Information
Georgetown has embraced diversity and inclusion for over a decade, since a student town hall meeting in 2009 (source: https://ideaa.georgetown.edu/diversity-inclusiveness/#). In 2017, Georgetown accepted a grand from the Mellon Foundation after it initiated the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation: Georgetown uses a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help carry out its commitment to produce scholarship that helps the nation better understand and address its legacies of slavery, racism and discrimination. The five-year Mellon grant will assist the university in establishing a center for racial justice, hiring faculty experts in the field, supporting postdoctoral and graduate fellows and funding a series of visiting lecturers. The grant comes after the release this past September of a report containing recommendations from the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation (SMR), which was charged with reflecting on Georgetown’s historic involvement in the institution of slavery. A second team, the Working Group on Racial Justice, is working on areas addressed by the grant along with exploring how the university may create a home for researching slavery and its legacies, based on the SMR report and major commitments set by the university. “The university has made a commitment to elevate and accelerate its efforts to address the persistent, enduring legacy of racism and segregation in the American experience,” says Georgetown Provost Robert Groves, a co-chair of the Working Group on Racial Justice. “This grant from the Mellon Foundation is a notable recognition of the importance of that commitment," (source: https://www.georgetown.edu/news/mellon-grant-helps-university-advance-racial-justice-recommendations/)

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • June 2020: University Holds Racial Justice Dialogue in Wake of Recent, Past Police Brutality.
  • In April 2021, the Provost committed to guiding academic departments in changing curricula, and to increase the impact of diversity in admissions.
  • On June 29, 2023, Georgetown's President issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "While we are deeply disappointed in today’s decisions and will continue to comply with the law, we remain committed to our efforts to recruit, enroll, and support students from all backgrounds to ensure an enriching educational experience that can best be achieved by engaging with a diverse group of peers. Affirmative action was built on hope — the hope that we could be better in the future than we’ve been in the past. Georgetown embraced this hope. Now, we will need to find new ways of restoring this hope."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business “is implementing a system of 7 Cs to guide our DEI efforts: composition, communication, curriculum, co-curriculum, careers, community, and culture.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service teaches students how to protest, and partners with the ACLU and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to teach them their rights. Additionally, students can learn how to write their city councilor urging them to defund the police.
  • The Center for Multicultural Equity and Access offers new students a pre-orientation program to help them become social justice activists.
Program and Research Funding
  • Georgetown announced the establishment of a new Racial Justice Institute (RJI) and the hire of three faculty members in the areas of law, the arts, health and public policy who will lead the institute’s interdisciplinary work that pushes the frontiers of knowledge about race, equity and action. The Racial Justice Institute at Georgetown will serve as a hub where scholars, activists and thought leaders may work across the academic, policy and advocacy spaces and serve as a place to seed and inspire the next generation of scholars and leaders addressing the vestiges of enslavement and well-being of Black, Indigenous and people of color.
  • Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation is working towards “soliciting written proposals from qualified firms that specialize in helping organizations transform into more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments.”
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Georgetown University Police Officers are required to participate in Implicit Bias/Cultural Competency Training several times a year. The training consists of in-person and on-line sessions. Names and photos of all officers are published on the website.
Resources
  • The Chemistry Department published anti-racism resources, "adapted from the Breonna Taylor Organization."
  • Georgetown College Hosts Racial Justice Speaker Series to Promote Equity and Inclusion
  • In Spring 2020, Georgetown launched its first-ever cultural climate survey, inviting degree-seeking students at our Main Campus, the Law Center and the Medical Center to share their perspectives and experiences about different aspects of campus life. Led by our Campus Cultural Climate Survey Working Group, comprising representatives from the Main Campus, the Law Center, and the Medical Center, the survey was adapted from the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments questionnaire developed by the National Institute for Transformation and Equity. The survey provided students the opportunity to reflect on a range of issues—their sense of belonging, experiences involving bias, prejudice, and discrimination, campus accessibility, the classroom environment, and University resources and responsiveness.
  • The report of the campus climate survey was released in April 2021. “The task for us, within our Georgetown community, is to build and sustain a culture that encourages respect, inclusion, equity, and understanding that responds to and rejects all forms of discrimination.” – President John J. DeGioia
  • Georgetown offers an Executive Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. "The Executive Certificate in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion prepares you to analyze, diagnose, and address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within organizations. As a student in the program, you’ll gain the leadership skills and insights needed to support a strategic, sustainable approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion management while utilizing knowledge of yourself as an agent of change in the workplace."
  • The Georgetown University Library provides an Anti-Racism Toolkit with a number of resources on anti-racism, social justice, Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, white privilege, and anti-oppression including a number of works by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The Doyle Conversations on Anti-Racism in Higher Education is a series hosted by the Doyle Engaging Difference Program that discusses the anti-racism work by students, faculty and staff at Georgetown University which “occurs in a wide variety of settings, from curriculum design, to classroom learning, to student life.”
  • Georgetown celebrated Black History Month 2022 with a number of scheduled discussions and events on Anti-Racism, Black Life, Black Identity, Anti-Blackness and Settler Colonialism, Social Justice, Black Educators in White Spaces, and Black Lives.
  • On October 31, 2022, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security announced a slew of new courses being offered in Spring 2023, one of which is “Diversity and Inclusion in Conflict Resolution and Development.” The class description states that it will, “review how diversity and inclusion are important to peace and prosperity” and work towards “advancing diversity and inclusion in the practice of diplomacy, conflict resolution and international development.”
  • The Center for Multicultural Equity and Access has established the Black House, where “residents are encouraged to design programs to promote, foster and acknowledge diversity and community on campus.”
  • The Center for Multicultural Equity and Access has a space known as La Casas Latina which serves as a “centralized location of inclusivity in which Latinxs can share their narratives, access resources integral to success on the Hilltop, and engage in vital discussions about the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, ability, privilege and power within the Latinx identity.”
Symbolic Actions
  • Members of the Georgetown University community testify in support of a proposed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in Washington, DC.
  • On January 29, 2023, school officials released a statement on the death of Tyre Nichols and stated, "We condemn this senseless violence in the strongest terms and stand together in solidarity with our African American community and all of those impacted by the heinous conduct of the police resulting in Tyre’s death. We reaffirm our long-standing commitment to racial justice and diversity, equity and inclusion."
Last updated April 23rd, 2024
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