On November 9th, 2017, GU Politics hosted Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal for a conversation with students.
In partnership with the Georgetown College Democrats, the Office of D.C. & Federal Relations, the Baker Scholars, the South Asian Society, the Georgetown Women’s Alliance, and the LGBTQ Resource Center, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) spoke with students and the community on a range of issues from her path to Congress to free speech and immigration policy. A long-time champion for immigrant rights in the US, she proposed that a diversity of backgrounds and opinions strengthens all aspects of the nation. “The diversity of our experiences and our backgrounds and our voices mean that we do things differently. . . We expand our democracy, because we allow people to see themselves in us.”
Jayapal (COL ’86), the first Indian-American to serve in the U. S. Congress, credited her parents and her experiences at Georgetown as integral aspects of her dedication to public service. “If I learned one thing at Georgetown, it was that we human beings are in service to a greater good.”