The Doyle Engaging Difference Program is a campus-wide collaboration between the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) designed to strengthen Georgetown University’s core commitment to tolerance and diversity and to enhance global awareness of the challenges and opportunities of an era of increasing interconnectedness. Doyle Faculty Fellowships support the redesign of lower-level courses engage with questions of difference, while Doyle Seminars facilitate in-depth explorations of similar themes in smaller, upper-level courses. In addition to curricular innovation, the Doyle Program supports the Junior Year Abroad Network, through which Hoyas blog about their encounters with diverse host societies, and Doyle student fellows, who explore intercultural and interreligious issues through their studies and engage in dialogue with the wider campus community. The program is made possible through the generosity of William J. Doyle (C’72), Chairman of the Georgetown University Board of Directors.

Program Impact

The Doyle Engaging Difference Program involves students and faculty from across the Georgetown campus. Since the program launched in the fall of 2009, nearly 3,000 students have taken one of the courses taught by Doyle Faculty Fellows. To date there have been nearly 100 fellows from 36 different disciplines across campus. More than 500 students have participated in the Junior Year Abroad Network and more than 400 students have taken part in nearly 40 Doyle Seminars. For more detailed information on program activities, see our annual reports.

About the Benefactor: William J. Doyle

William J. Doyle (C’72) endowed the Doyle Engaging Difference program in Spring 2012 through a generous gift. Mr. Doyle serves as chairman of the Georgetown University Board of Directors and is president and chief executive officer of PotashCorp, the largest fertilizer enterprise in the world, with locations in Northbrook, Ill., and Saskatoon, Canada. “Whether it be countering racial, religious, sexual or political intolerance, Georgetown is uniquely placed to undertake the Engaging Difference Program and teach the next generation of global leaders the skills necessary to help create a more civil world,” he says. Mr. Doyle is a 35-year veteran of the fertilizer industry and began his career with International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. In addition to his work with PotashCorp, he is Chairman of Canpotex Limited, serves on the boards of The Fertilizer Institute and International Plant Nutrition Institute, and is a member of the Executive Management group of the International Fertilizer Industry Association. Mr. Doyle is also on the boards of the Executives Club of Chicago and the Big Shoulders Fund, and he is a director of the Western Golf Association. He is married and has three children.