Cultural & Racial Inclusivity

Barriers:

While the University’s administration has begun to make movements towards a racially, socio-economically diverse incoming class with each new admission cohort, institutional norms and the “culture” of Georgetown as a whole are not reflective of the student body it serves. In their 2010 update on the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, President DeGioia and the former Provost proposed optimistic goals in the realm of student life, academics, faculty, and admissions: the majority have not been achieved. In years past there has been a disconnect between efforts on Georgetown’s administration behalf, the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA), the organizational governing bodies of existing cultural organizations and offices on campus, and the student populace as a whole.

Policy:

ACADEMIC:

  • Continue work towards an African American Studies Major & Department
  • Explore the potential to establish a U.S. Hispanic/Latino Studies program based on existing courses
  • Work with the Faculty of Language and Linguistics (FLL) to expand the offering of language studies and push for:
  • The introduction of South Asian languages, such as Hindi and Urdu, and other languages high in demand.
  • A commitment to host on-campus language proficiency tests for students proficient in a language not offered at Georgetown, so that students do not have to pay the travel expense to go to embassies in order to take language proficiency tests.
  • Explore the potential to establish a South Asian Studies program
  • Support the initiative of BLF, other concerned students of color, and allies to push the administration to commit the present-day monetary value received from the sale of the 272 enslaved persons by Father Mulledy to recruit more African American professors.
  • Explore the potential to introduce a Native American Studies program or concentration within the American Studies major.
  • Push for diversity training for faculty and administrators.

INSTITUTIONAL:

  • Collaborate with NSO Coordinators to improve the Pluralism in Action experience by having LEAD peer educators provide training input for the dialogue portion of the program. GUSA’s Race and Cultural Inclusion Team can work with LEAD peer educators and resources from the Office of Residential Living to coordinate training for the dialogue. RA Diversity Training materials could serve as a resource from the Office of Residential Living.
  • Work with towards ensuring that incoming freshmen, the first to be affected by the Diversity Requirement, should be educated on the history and semantics of the Diversity Requirement--what it means, what classes will fulfill this requirement, and why this requirement is vital to our community.
  • Collaborate with deans to include a separate sheet detailing the Diversity Requirement along with other course registration materials sent to incoming freshmen over the summer.
  • Educate current and incoming students on the requirement by hosting a town hall
  • Institute mandatory diversity training for all members of GUSA, to be coordinated by LEAD and the GUSA Race and Cultural Team

COLLABORATION WITH THE CMEA:

  • Appoint two GUSA liaisons from the Race and Cultural Inclusion Team to SOCA-- one representative to attend SOCA board meetings, and one representative to attend general SOCA meetings. These representatives will be present at all meetings to take questions, comments and suggestions from students. These representatives, along with the rest of Race and Cultural Team, will continue to advertise all cultural events on campus-- a current role of the Multicultural Council-- and help the CMEA with programming and logistics.

STUDENT LIFE:

  • Work with SOCA to provide guidelines for how clubs can create a more inclusive club culture and application process.
  • Commit to reading and helping with the club applications of minority students who wish to seek guidance on their applications.
  • Collaborate with SOCA, Black House, and cultural groups on campus to expand and continue the “A GUSA that Looks Like Georgetown” initiative, which is a workshop that aims to empower and encourage minority students to run for the GUSA Senate. The workshop also provides potential candidates with election preparation.

Bridges:

The creation of a GUSA Race and Cultural Inclusion team could help GUSA take measures to be more inclusive as an organization, and can also strive to push for overall diversity inclusion on campus across communities and groups, while keeping in line and acting as a supportive ally of current initiatives in place.