Georgetown strives to provide a holistic and integrative approach to student physical, mental, and spiritual health, and to create and maintain a healthy and caring community. The university encourages and advocates for a student body that represents over 40 countries to access culturally and contextually appropriate ways to promote their quality of life and well being.
To do this, the Student Wellness and Counseling Center has brought Georgetown’s foundational Jesuit value of “community in diversity” to the forefront of student services, integrating diversity, mutual respect, and inclusiveness within and across the entire campus community. With “Cura Personalis”, which is Latin for ‘caring for the whole person’, at the heart of this initiative, a range of programs, events, curriculum, projects, and policies shape and impact the experience of students, faculty, and staff at Georgetown.
A diversity campaign to drive this idea home was launched with the introduction of The Humanity Tree, a visual representation of Georgetown’s entire diversity philosophy which can be found on the school’s library website, and where all related resources will be placed relevant to each tree component. The diagram is rooted in our diversity, so the roots of the tree represents different backgrounds, such as culture, nationality, and language. And the branches represent the different aspects of mind, body, spirit and aspiration. A “diversity task force” was also created to insure school-wide involvement, including faculty and staff.
These holistic, grass root efforts that empower students, as well as connect to faculty and staff, are part of an organized approach that will allow our university’s core values to create a sustainable community, and will go a long way toward meeting the challenges of our shared world.
Inclusivity and Bias Reporting
According to our Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination in Education Policy, “Georgetown University provides educational opportunities without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, age, color, disability, family responsibilities, familial status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, personal appearance, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran’s status or any other factor prohibited by law in its educational programs and activities.”
Sexual Misconduct and Title IX
Georgetown University prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, and discrimination based on pregnancy or parenting status. If you feel you have experienced an incident of sexual misconduct, please reach out to one of the resources listed provided on Title IX.
Student Clubs and Organizations
While diversity and inclusivity are promoted through the activities of all student clubs at Georgetown-Qatar, the following clubs focus specifically on these issues:
African Students Association: Promotes education on African culture, politics, economy, and religion and celebrates the unique and diverse continent that is home for many GU-Q students.
Al Hilal Club: Hosts discussions around pluralistic understandings and awareness of Islam. All students are welcome to join, regardless of faith or background.
Al Liwan: Qatar Student Association: Engages all students with the local language, culture and social heritage of Qatar.
Amal Club: Volunteers to help and engage with the special needs community in Doha.
Arabic for All: Integrating and localizing international students in the Qatari community by giving them the chance to learn more about Qatari culture and work on their Arabic language skills.
Black Student Association: Encourages unity among black students, celebrates black culture and creates an environment that is free of racial profiling. Also creates awareness in the community on issues that black communities face worldwide.
The Diversity Initiative: Celebrates the diversity of cultures, philosophies, and experiences of the Hoya community in Qatar.
GU-Q Muslim Students Association: Provides a safe space for religious discourse, an opportunity for religious learning and increased tolerance between all individuals, regardless of religious standing.
Hoyas Beyond the Margins: Initiates dialogue about inclusivity, including inter-racial, international, inter-ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, income groups and debility.
Hoya Empowerment and Learning Program (HELP): Volunteers teach language and life skills to workers and service providers within the Georgetown community.
The Latin American and Caribbean Society: Expands the GUQ community’s political, social and cultural understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mental Health Society: Spreads awareness and aims to diminish the taboo about talking about Mental health issues, such as depression, stress, and anxiety, especially among young people.
South Asian Society: Builds connections while discussing a variety of political, social and cultural topics about South Asia.
Women's Society and Development: Explores gender-related issues through dialogue, workshops, and events.
Women’s Wellness Alliance: Promotes a community that uplifts each other, mentally and physically and encourages a broader society that is more self-aware.
For a full list of GU-Q student clubs visit the website.