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.

In 2021, the McCourt School developed a plan to deepen our shared understanding of inclusivity within our community, and the knowledge and skills to support productive exchange and communication. 

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Institute of Politics and Public Service

Our Institute of Politics and Public Service, or GU Politics, is devoted to developing the next generation of leaders, partly by helping students escape the echo chambers that often limit communication between people of diverse ideologies. GU Politics does this across their programming– from their Fellows program and discussion groups, which expose students to perspectives from across the ideological spectrum– to their Forum programs, which brings conservatives and progressives, moderates and media, to engage with students, and ideally, learn from one another. 

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New Faculty

In the summer of 2021, the McCourt School welcomed two key new faculty members: Jasmine Tyler, the new executive director of McCourt’s Policy Innovation Lab and leader of McCourt’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and Rachel Milner Gillers, an expert in negotiation, mediation, and conflict management and the director of Georgetown’s Conflict Transformation Lab.

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Co-curricular Workshops & Events

Professors Tyler and Milner Gillers lead a series of co-curricular workshops, events and discussions to help McCourt students develop the skills to understand and engage across differences, including:

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McCourt Community Lecture Series

The McCourt Community Lecture Series is a public lecture series welcoming perspectives from leading scholars and thinkers examining critical concepts related to understanding and fostering inclusion, especially as they relate to democracy, politics, and policy. The goal of the series is to inform and provide a forum for community dialogue on how to foster a more productive exchange of a wide range of ideas.

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JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Weekly Email

The McCourt School launched the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) weekly email to lift up campus resources for our students–including a set of performances and activities at The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, including their performance of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski.

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Faculty Seminar Series

The Georgetown and the McCourt School communities offer rich and engaging intellectual opportunities for faculty. McCourt faculty can take advantage of a wide-variety of seminar series offered across campus, including our internal faculty seminar series which provides a space for faculty to engage with their colleagues and develop skills to better engage students inside and outside the classroom. In the spring of 2022, the McCourt School faculty will welcome to speakers as part of a new “Inclusivity Speakers Series”: Anita Woolley of Carnegie Mellon and Olúfẹmi Táíwò of Georgetown College.

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Faculty Teaching Practice & Technology Resources

McCourt faculty also benefit from campus resources related to teaching practice and technology, including workshops and programming from Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship.

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McCourt Community Discussions

The McCourt Community Discussions provides a space for students, faculty and staff to come together to discuss pressing campus topics and current events. These rapid response conversations are facilitated by associate professor of the practice Jasmine Tyler, the executive director of McCourt’s Policy Innovation Lab, and associate professor of the practice Rachel Milner Gillers, the director of Georgetown’s Conflict Transformation Lab, and co-hosted with our student group partners.

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Student Organizations

The McCourt School supports our thriving ecosystem of student organizations, from student government to organizations whose interest areas focus on specific policy issues like or regions of the world. 

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