Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion are core values at the McCourt School 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.
The McCourt School aspires to become the most inclusive public policy school in the nation and 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. We strive to enroll a diverse student body and employ a diverse faculty and staff, rooted in the knowledge that diversity strengthens our mission and our ability to prepare our students to change the world. We embrace Georgetown University’s policy to “provide all members of the University community, including faculty, students, and staff, the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn.”
At McCourt, we have developed an approach to building the most inclusive public policy school in the nation, including commitments and strategies to: increase access to a McCourt School education; innovate our curriculum; expand co-curricular programming and skill-building resources; and institutionalize our Confronting Racism work. The McCourt School created the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee to lead and coordinate this cross-school effort to advance our work on Confronting Racism, and other opportunities to expand justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
We strongly support and embrace the efforts of Georgetown University’s leadership to promote and foster diversity and support free inquiry and free expression. The campus provides resources and support to a wide variety of efforts, including the Provost’s Diversity Advisory Committee and Georgetown’s Racial Justice Institute,These and our efforts are supplemented by the Georgetown University Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action and other resources available to all Georgetown students, faculty, and staff. The University’s Policy on Free Speech and Expression complements the McCourt School’s commitment to fostering an environment where all members of our community are free to fully participate.
Creating a fully inclusive community is an ongoing effort at the McCourt School. We hope you will join us in this work!