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Commitment to Inclusion

The McCourt School of Public Policy aspires to become the most inclusive public policy school in the nation. Inclusivity is a core value at McCourt because public policies are more effective when our political and policy decision makers reflect the perspectives and lived experience of the communities they serve, and being able to work across differences is a fundamental skill we seek to cultivate.

Our Approach

Our initial strategies to achieve this aspiration include:

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Increase access to a McCourt education

We are thinking broadly about diversity. Increasing racial and ethnic diversity is critical. It is also important to increase representation among first-generation students, military-connected students, and students of differing political ideologies, geographic backgrounds, and other dimensions of lived experience and identity.

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Innovate our curriculum

The McCourt School Curriculum Innovation Committee is reviewing and updating the core curricula of our masters programs. Over the last three years, the Committee surveyed employers and alumni, and benchmarked the curricula at other policy schools, and worked with faculty, staff and students to make our programs even stronger.

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Expand co-curricular programming and skill-building resources

The McCourt School is committed to fostering an environment where all members of our community—students, faculty, and staff, regardless of racial, ethnic, gender, religious identity, socio-economic status, ideology or other dimensions of lived experience and identity – feel welcome, heard, and are able to fully participate.

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Institutionalize our Confronting Racism work

In the summer of 2020, and in response to the protests and social unrest in the U.S. and around the world, the McCourt School redoubled our efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist public policy school. Developed collaboratively with McCourt students, academic and research faculty, alumni and staff, the McCourt School developed a framework for confronting racism in our community.

Public policies are more effective when our political and policy decision makers reflect the perspectives and lived experience of the communities they serve, and being able to work across differences is a fundamental skill we seek to cultivate.

We embrace Georgetown University’s Policy on Free Speech and Expression, designed to “provide all members of the University community, including faculty, students, and staff, the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn.”

Georgetown and the McCourt School support a wide array of resources related to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion for our community.