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Building a stronger, more ethical society

society & democracy

With our location in Washington, D.C., and our commitment to the common good, Georgetown is able to have an unparalleled impact on the nation’s systems, social fabric, and contributions to the world.

We graduate creative problem-solvers. Drive civic engagement. Inform the development of thoughtful policy. Promote smarter, more nimble national and global institutions.

Modern society’s pressing challenges call for coordinated action, across our campuses and with partners beyond our walls. We are committed to realizing our full potential as the premier source of dedicated public servants, ethical business leaders, and innovative legal and policy experts.

A Testimonial

Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J.

“So much of the political and social discourse in our nation has hardened into a rancorous noise. With these Dahlgren Dialogues, we hope that a conversation in the midst of this sacred space might offer a more prayerful posture to engage political, academic, and spiritual leaders.”

—Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., on a panel convened by the Initiative on Catholic and Social Thought and Public Life, a respected national center for conversation and debate across ideological, political, and religious lines

Established in 2013, the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life engages with important issues in our nation and world by bringing the principles of the Catholic faith into public dialogue. Philanthropic support will be essential in our ongoing efforts to host more convenings and encourage a new generation of leaders to see their faith as an asset in pursuing the common good.

We will bolster the nation’s civic architecture and global impact

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    Maria Cancian

    Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy

    “We are excited to move to our new home on Georgetown’s Capitol Campus—to be next door to the Law Center and near so many key government institutions. This space will physically unite the McCourt School’s research centers and academic programs, serve as a new platform for innovation and collaboration, and provide a dynamic front door to Georgetown for the policy community.”

    Learn more about Georgetown’s Capitol Campus strategic initiative >

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    Lisa Rawlings

    President and CEO of the National Urban Fellows

    “If we are committed to building a just and equitable society, it is essential that policymakers, civic leaders, and public servants represent all the communities, especially those disproportionately impacted by public policy.”

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    Robert Hagerty (M’20)

    Pediatric resident physician at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital

    “Working with the [Health Justice Alliance] gave me a glimpse of what real healing can look like, where you address the biological and the societal problems that are keeping someone from having a healthy life. …I no longer feel like I could practice anywhere without trying to make connections with legal advocates for my patients in need, it would not feel like complete care.”

BGA students pose for a group photo on steps in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Undergraduate students are pursuing Georgetown’s first joint degree program between the McDonough School of Business and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

formerly incarcerated graduates

McCourt’s Career Development team partnered with Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative to help returning citizens build the skills and confidence necessary to transition to the workforce.

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Called to be a partner in this work

With your support, we will educate skilled, ethical leaders and empower them to strengthen our society, institutions, and global impact.

To learn more or to contribute to these priorities, please contact us at giving@georgetown.edu.