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) 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 to incorporate themes of cultural, religious, and other forms 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; Doyle student fellows, who engage intercultural and interreligious dialogue on campus; and the Education and Social Justice Project that sends students abroad to research local efforts led by religious communities to advance development through education. The program is made possible through the generosity of William J. Doyle (C’72), a member of the Georgetown University Board of Directors.

William J. Doyle

Mr. Doyle 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 racial, religious, sexual or political intolerance, Georgetown is uniquely placed to undertake this initiative and teach the next generation of global leaders the skills necessary to help create a more civil world,” Doyle 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, Mr. Doyle is Chairman of Canpotex Limited, on the boards of The Fertilizer Institute and International Plant Nutrition Institute, as well as a member of the Executive Management group of the International Fertilizer Industry Association. Mr. Doyle is is also on the boards of the Executives Club of Chicago, the Big Shoulders Fund and is a director of the Western Golf Association. He is married and has three children.

Program History

Since the program launched in the Fall of 2009, nearly 2,200 students have taken one of 90 courses taught by Doyle Faculty Fellows from 28 different departments. 323 students have participated in the Junior Year Abroad Network and almost 300 students have engaged in faculty-supported research projects through over 28 Doyle Seminars. For more detailed information on the programs operations see our annual reports.