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Confronting Racism

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 following materials share McCourt’s framework for confronting racism in our community.


A Note from Dean Cancian

Welcome to the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Confronting Racism initiative. We launched our Confronting Racism initiative to help weave together and build on existing initiatives, and support a more comprehensive and strategic effort across the McCourt community.

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Confronting Racism Framework

Our Confronting Racism framework articulates our aspirations, values, and specific goals for confronting racism in our community.

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This resource highlights recent academic research and projects from McCourt faculty, students, staff, and alumni that support evidence-based policy development and community engagement to help advance racial justice and equity.

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As our committees, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, continue their work on these issues they will provide regular updates to the larger Georgetown community.

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In building a public policy school for the 21st century, the McCourt School recognizes the centrality of having diverse perspectives, life experiences, and traditions to our mission. We are committed to maintaining a community of students, faculty, and staff that are themselves diverse and that actively embrace the diversity of others.

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Contact Us

We want to hear from you– especially if you are a member of the McCourt School community. Please contact McCourt Chief of Staff Sharon Mar if you have questions about this work, or ideas for strengthening it.

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