What’s happening on campus and in D.C.
Ralph Lauren Cancer Center debuts in Ward 8 to combat healthcare inequity
The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention opened in Ward 8 on April 17 thanks to $25 million in grant funding from The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation.
Angela Davis talks Black joy, power of community in Gaston Hall lecture
Abolitionist and civil rights icon Dr. Angela Davis spoke of strength in collectivity to a packed Gaston Hall on the morning of April 27.
Student speakers cycle through “Seasons for Change” in TEDxGeorgetown2023
Ten speakers chronicled their life experiences and personal growth at the 12th annual TEDxGeorgetown event on April 23.
Despite looming closures, Yellow Line to reopen after eight months
After the line’s eight-month-long closure, The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will fully reopen the Yellow Line to customers on May 7 under operational changes projected to increase the frequency of Metro service downtown.
“Faces of Climate Change” photography contest uses art for climate justice
The Georgetown Environmental Justice Program brought the Faces of Climate Change art installation to the ICC galleria last week from April 17-22. The exhibit featured works from the Faces of Climate Change photography contest launched by Nishita Karad in 2022, and highlighted stories left out by the “Western-centric narrative” that Karad said exists in the global conversation about climate change.
Autobots, don’t roll out: Georgetown community defends Transformer sculptures
The towering Transformers sculptures on Prospect Street, NW, are facing an old foe from 2021—a three-person federal board determined to get rid of them.
Dismantling rape culture with Marlee Liss for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Marlee Liss, award-winning speaker and author of Re-Humanize, held discussions with Georgetown students about alternative resolutions to sexual assault cases and heteronormativity in sexual education on April 12 and 13.
D.C. the first U.S. city to establish local SNAP benefits for recipients
On March 10, a D.C. Council bill to increase the minimum monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment became law, making D.C. the first U.S. city to implement local SNAP benefits. The “Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act,” originally introduced by councilmember Christina Henderson in December 2022, proposed a 10 percent increase in SNAP benefits for all District recipients to match expenses under the Low-Cost Food Plan (LCFP) outlined by the USDA.
Georgetown hosts second annual Tech & Society week
At 10 a.m. on Monday, March 27, a group gathered at 500 1st Street to discuss privacy enhancing technologies and kick off Georgetown's second annual Tech & Society Week.
Hoya Harvest Garden blooms atop Regents
The Hoya Harvest Garden opens on the Regents Hall fourth floor patio this spring, providing food for the local community and a space for students and faculty to learn about responsible food systems.
HOYAlert experiences glitches after transition to an “opt-out” text system
Georgetown’s mass emergency notification system HOYAlert experienced technical glitches following its transition to an “opt-out” model for its text message alerts, which the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced on March 20.
Overnight protest pushes back against Supreme Court case to block Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan
On the evening of Feb. 27, around 100 protesters gathered in the rain to advocate for student debt relief outside the Supreme Court.
“Living our ancestors’ dreams”: Descendants gather to view a newly discovered GU272 photograph
Descendants met on Feb. 7 to view a newly-discovered photograph of a woman enslaved by Georgetown and celebrate her life and family.
Dr. Fauci talks pandemic lessons and future preparedness in lecture
During Georgetown’s annual Maloy Distinguished Lecture on March 27, Dr. Anthony Fauci outlined 10 lessons he thinks should be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pathways to Social Justice” announced to replace “Engaging Diversity” core requirement
Georgetown University will replace its “Engaging Diversity” core curriculum requirement with “Pathways to Social Justice” beginning with the Class of 2027, GUSA announced in its biweekly newsletter for student feedback on March 2.
A living wage for GAGE: Graduate students negotiate second contract
The Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE), which represents the over 1,000 graduate workers at Georgetown, aims to secure better compensation for graduate students in ongoing contract negotiations with the university.
One Year Later: Georgetown University Ukrainian Society looks back on the Russian invasion
Feb. 24 marked the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In commemoration, members of the Georgetown University Ukrainian Society (GUUS), founded by students Andrii Sendzuik (MSB ’24) and Sofia Sulek (SFS ’23) last year, organized and attended a weekend of events to draw attention to the current situation in Ukraine.
D.C. provides $4 million for new Anacostia Arts and Culture District
The D.C. government will provide a $4 million grant to transform the historic Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast D.C. into an arts and culture district, Mayor Bowser announced on Feb. 23. The grant will fund public beautification, support local artists and art programs, and create opportunities for artists to showcase their work, but critics worry that the funding will accelerate gentrification of the majority-Black neighborhood.
APILF student advocates revive AAPI home at Georgetown
First established in 2015 after AAPI students expressed their interest in an on-campus affinity space, the home had shut down for the past few years due to COVID-19 and insufficient funding. Now, advocates for the home’s renewal, including students and alumni, hope to establish the home as a permanent community and safe space for AAPI students.
“Women build bridges for other women”: Commending female leadership in the Good Friday Agreement
Diplomats and leaders gathered in Gaston Hall on March 16 to reflect on 25 years of peace in Northern Ireland after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, and the role that women played in bringing and sustaining that peace.