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Doyle Engaging Difference Program Anniversary Celebration

April 26, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Livestream

The Doyle Engaging Difference Program encourages Georgetown students and faculty to address cultural, religious, and other forms of difference through learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. The program began in fall 2009 with a generous gift and accompanying vision from William J. Doyle (C'72, former chair of the Georgetown University Board of Directors) to see the university deepen its Catholic and Jesuit commitment to diversity and dialogue. Now in its second decade, the Doyle Engaging Difference Program continues to foster space for critical discussion and debate on intercultural and interreligious difference, enabling Hoyas to become engaged global citizens in an increasingly pluralistic world.

We invited the Georgetown University community to join us in celebrating the first decade of the Doyle Engaging Difference Program. Doyle alumni and friends shared thoughts on how the program has supported classroom transformation, experiential learning, and dialogue on campus and beyond. Derek Goldman, who spearheads the In Your Shoes™ collaboration; Huaping Lu-Adler, who redesigned her History of Modern Philosophy course to interrogate mechanisms of (racist and sexist) exclusions as a way of problematizing and reimagining the Euro- and male-centric history of philosophy canon; Ijeoma Njaka, who leads a new implementation of In Your Shoes™: Georgetown Student and Faculty Dialogues and has been involved in the Doyle Conversations About Anti-Racism in Higher Education; and Ann Oldenburg, whose Doyle Seminar on Media and Social Justice featured final projects embedded with DC-based community partners, shared insights from their curricular and co-curricular experiences, followed by questions and discussion with the in-person audience. Jennifer Rosales, vice president for inclusion and engaged learning and chief diversity officer at Barnard College and former director of research and evaluation at Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, then offered comments and reflections to close the celebration event.

related | Read about the past decade of program accomplishments