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Discerning Our Pasts: Townhall Revisited

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A 10th Anniversary celebration of the Out for Change campaign

Discerning Our Pasts: Townhall Revisited

2007-2017

Please join us for an evening of Reflection, Remembrance, and Renewal.

The LGBTQ Center will observe the 10th Anniversary of the Out For Change Campaign in collaboration with our students, faculty, and partners from across campus, who were part of this historic campaign from the Fall of 2007 that led to the formation of the LGBTQ Center in Fall 2008.

The specific student-led campaign, Out for Change, (Fall 2007) was in response to hate crimes on campus that year; but was part of a much longer struggle for recognition, visibility, equity, and justice for LGBTQ communities and life on the Hilltop which started decades ago. Much of this history is still being told, but it has been part of the long arc of healing for the campus. The students’ “call” for justice over incidents of hate crime on campus, led to the historic “response” when President DeGioia convened the Townhall of 2007 at the ICC auditorium.

Students on the Hilltop have had a long history of calling the institution to live up to our better selves, and our better angels; and the institution has responded to those calls with a willingness to listen and to grow. It is this that has led to our ability to remain an institution true to our mission, heritage, and identity rooted in self-awareness, and a willingness to examine and do what is needed to heal. The Working Group model has also served as a useful template in the last 10 years for many other major and even more complex initiatives.

We will be joined by:

  • John J. DeGioia Ph.D. (President, Georgetown University, Col ‘79, Grad ’95)

  • Fr. Phil Boroughs ( President, College of the Holy Cross and former VP of Mission & Ministry, GU)

  • Dana Luciano (Associate Professor of English and former Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program)

  • Rosemary Kilkenny (Vice President for Diversity and Equity, Georgetown University)

  • Erika Cohen Derr (Assistant Dean, Student Affairs)

  • Several alumni who were the key student leaders from 2007 including : Scott Chessare, Connor Cory, Julia Reticker-Flynn, Kristina Mitchell, Jen Nguyen, Jason Resendez, and Shamisa Zvoma.

For more information about the event, please email Shiva Subbaraman, Director of LGBTQ Center, ss826ATgeorgetown.edu. Accomodation requests related to a disability should be made to ss826ATgeorgetown.edu by Friday, September 22nd.

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