Out for Change Campaign
In the Fall of 2007, students at Georgetown organized a campaign, Out for Change, in the context of a hate crime on campus that galvanized the conscience of the entire community to take responsibility for all of its members. This led to the now-historic moment when President Jack DeGioia held a town hall meeting to address student concerns on Oct 24, 2007. You may read the full remarks here: Remarks at Open Meeting on LGBTQ Student Resources.
He also announced the formation of three Working Groups (On Education, Resources, and Reporting) composed of students, faculty, staff, and members of Campus Ministry to undertake the task of examining LGBTQ issues on campus. The LGBTQ Initiative recommended the establishment of the Center and the hiring of a Director and Program Coordinator.
The Working Groups created a synergy among various constituencies, and have subsequently served as a positive model for how we can work together to create change and enhance inclusion on campus.
Working Group Reports
To evaluate existing mechanisms and develop a plan to strengthen the process for notifying members of the university community when acts of intolerance, hate or bias are reported and develop a clear statement of when, how and why the University makes public notifications and who makes these decisions.
To evaluate and determine the range of student needs that should be addressed and the level of appropriate support, including the possibility of a full time LGBTQ resource coordinator and an LGBTQ resource center, for coordinating these issues in a manner consistent with Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit identity; and that attention be given to students who have not come out or are questioning their sexual identity.
To evaluate the use of educational programs to promote inclusion of, and respect for, the LGBTQ community and develop ideas that complement and reinforce Georgetown's academic mission and desire to sustain many forms of diversity.