Dear friend of GU Politics,
This weekend, our nation saw an eruption of pain, sadness, and calls for action against racism in every form. To those in our community who are grappling with their own emotions: we see you, we are here for you, and we grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery with you.
Please take a moment to read President DeGioia’s message on confronting racism here and reflect on how you can be a part of reimagining social, political, economic, and moral structures to ensure justice for all. We are doing the same here at the Institute of Politics and Public Service, and we welcome your ideas on how we can work through this together as a community.
As always, we will continue to provide programming that reflects the best in politics and public service, bringing together different perspectives and engaging with Georgetown students—our future leaders—about how we can build a better, more equitable society. Never before have these conversations been more important.
At Georgetown, we are reminded that we are all women and men for others. The university “was founded on the principle that serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding.” GU Politics’ parent school, the McCourt School of Public Policy, is dedicated to training ethically-grounded leaders for tomorrow, connecting their work to the communities they serve.
As our nation and communities face these difficult times, this mission is critically important. We hope you’ll continue to join us in the coming days, weeks and months, as we work to heal and advance the cause of justice for all through open, balanced and robust political discourse.
As we say here at the Institute, “public service is a good thing. Politics can be too.”
With deepest gratitude,
Mo Elleithee (SFS ‘94)