Diversity and Access
At Georgetown, we take pride in having a multicultural global community, with our students coming from all fifty states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands as well as over 130 different countries, with about 40% of our students self-identifying as students of color.
Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA)
The CMEA provides a place and space for academic support, dialogue, multicultural programming, diversity education, and inspiring interest in higher education to youth. Georgetown is a place where students can think critically about their social identities as they chart their academic and professional journey. We are proud of our students and alumni who have been engaged in advocacy and activism about issues of social justice abroad, nationally, and locally. Below are some different Georgetown groups and institutions that support our students and serve as resources to our community.
The Georgetown Scholars Program
The Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP) is not a program that students can apply to, rather, students are selected during the admissions process by an external committee. Participants are selected based on certain characteristics, with a preference for high achieving students from a first-generation and low-income background.
The Black House
Over 50 years ago, a small group of Black students in the Black Student Alliance (BSA) staged a protest in front of the University president’s office with several demands. Through their efforts, the Black House was established in 1970, a space where Black students could come be in community for impactful discussions or simply to socialize. Today, the Black House remains one of the few dedicated places on campus where all students of color but especially Black students can gather to talk about issues and meet one another. Each year, five Black students are selected to live as residents in Black House. Black House residents are encouraged to design programs to promote, foster and acknowledge diversity and community on campus whether they’re weekly Hour Glass discussions on current events and topics relevant to the community, a voter registration program, or cultural celebrations.
La Casa Latina
Through the support of the Latinx Leadership Forum (LLF), a coalition of various student organizations, La Casa Latina was established in 2016. La Casa Latina is a centralized location of inclusivity in which Latinx students can share their narratives and access resources integral to success on the Hilltop. In addition, La Casa Latina will provide a platform for engagement in vital discussions about the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, ability, privilege, and power within the Latinx identity. In order to unite all members of the Latinx community, Casa Latina will ensure that students feel not only welcomed at Georgetown, but also feel empowered to grow and flourish in all-encompassing aspects of the collegiate community. La Casa Latina also has five residents each year and hosts a variety of programs such as a Latinx-style kick-off BBQ, a noche de baile, and a panel on Latinx Identity here at Georgetown.
Students of Color Alliance
The Students of Color Alliance (SOCA) is a collaborative umbrella organization formed by representatives from the cultural groups on campus such as the African Society of Georgetown, Asian American Students Association, The Black House, Black Student Alliance (BSA), Caribbean Culture Circle (CCC), La Casa Latina, GU Circle of Indigenous Students’ Alliance (GU CISA), Chinese Student Alliance, Club Filipino (CF), Georgetown University Riqueza Dominicana, GU Hawaii Club, GU Minority Association of Pre-Health Studies (GU MAPS), GU Women of Color (GUWoC), Minority Pre-Law Association (MPLA), Mosaic, Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Native American Student Council, Queer People of Color, Taiwanese American Student Association, and other groups serving students of color at Georgetown. SOCA aims to unite students of color through collaborative programming opportunities, advocacy, and financial support.
Undocumented Student Resources
Georgetown University values the dignity of all members of the university community, regardless of immigration status. We are a university in the heart of the nation’s capital and believe in educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs. An estimated 65,000 children born abroad who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents graduate from U.S. high schools each year. As we engage with the impacts of globalization and the responsibilities we have in a new global context, we must, as educators, support all of our students, including those who were born abroad. To learn more about support for undocumented students, or if you know of students needing support, please contact the email@example.com.
LGBTQ+ Resource Center
The LGBTQ Resource Center, serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals, is the first such Center of its kind at a Catholic/Jesuit institution in the country. They have sought to build on the rich interfaith and intellectual engagements of Georgetown to create a Center that will speak to all of us in all of our rich diversity. We hope that insights from current students, a peek into the resources we have here at Georgetown, and a snapshot of our popular student groups will help you imagine the possibilities that lie ahead for you as part of the Georgetown community.
The Women’s Center supports and empowers students at Georgetown. Women are the majority of the student body, yet are often marginalized in the classroom and campus experiences. As a result, the Women’s Center seeks to center the experience of women and educate the entire campus about gender dynamics that impact campus culture. We seek to create a more equitable campus for a more expansive notion of gender and gender roles. We serve students of all gender identities.
Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action
The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action is to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the University community to result in justice and equality in educational, employment and contracting opportunities, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment. The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action supports the University’s mission.
The Academic Resource Center
Each student, faculty, and staff member brings with them diverse identities and unique experiences that enhance our community in incredible ways. To truly speak of the Jesuit value of cura personalis or “care of the whole person,” we must acknowledge and celebrate one another’s diversity as well as the importance of building a community committed to diversity, inclusion, and social and racial justice for all. With cura personalis at its core, the Academic Resource Center supports Georgetown students in three distinct ways while honoring each student’s individuality, diversity, and lived experiences. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers disability support, student-athlete support, and academic support.