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A Successful Meeting in Davos

World Economic Forum

January 31, 2011– A different Hilltop hosted plenty of Hoyas last week at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, where alumni, parents and friends contributed to the numerous sessions, discussions and gatherings of the meeting.

During the conference, Dr. DeGioia spoke at several sessions, met higher education and other leaders and hosted a reception for alumni.

“It has been a pleasure to see so many Hoyas here tonight and throughout the week,” Dr. DeGioia said. “They really represent the global mindset and leadership traits Georgetown embodies.”
Read the full article on Georgetown's participation in this year's meeting here.

Contributing to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum

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January 24, 2011– Dr. DeGioia will join with Georgetown alumni and friends later this week at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, to take part in a series of meetings focused on the theme, "Shared Norms for a New Reality."

Georgetown has played a leadership role in several key areas of the WEF, including the Global Agenda Council on Faith, the Global Agenda Council on Values, and the Global University Leadership Forum.

Learn more about the University's engagement with the WEF here.

Georgetown Kicks Off Martin Luther King, Jr. Week at the Kennedy Center

Dr. DeGioia Presents the 2011 Legacy of a Dream Award

Dr. DeGioia and Coach Thompson present Dr. Joseph Lowery the 2011 Coach John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award at the Kennedy Center

January 18, 2011–Members of the Georgetown University and Washington, DC communities joined together at the Kennedy Center last night to celebrate and commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 9th Annual "Let Freedom Ring!" Celebration featured performances by the Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir and a show-stopping Patti LaBelle.  The Coach John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award was presented to the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, hailed as the "Dean of the Civil Rights Movement."

In describing Dr. Lowery's contribution as he presented the award, Dr. DeGioia said, “Dr. Lowery is a rare public figure who continues, in his well-known style, to speak truth to power, to fight for fairness, and to stand up for the defenseless."

Read the full story on the Kennedy Center Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration event here.

Find the full schedule of on-campus events honoring the legacy of Dr. King here.

Speaking Out on Strengthening Federal Financial Aid

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January 13, 2011– Dr. DeGioia yesterday sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Honorable Jacob Lew, in support of federal financial aid programs that strengthen access to higher education across the nation.

In the letter, Dr. DeGioia calls on the words of President Barack Obama, in a speech delivered at the University of Texas last summer, to emphasize the national imperative of increasing the number of students who achieve post-secondary education.  As President Obama stated,  "I'm absolutely committed to making sure that here in America, nobody is denied a college education, nobody is denied a chance to pursue their dreams, nobody is denied a chance to make the most of their lives just because they can’t afford it. We are a better country than that, and we need to act like we’re a better country than that.”

Georgetown University is equally committed to this critical goal.

To learn more about Georgetown's support of federal financial aid and to read Dr. DeGioia's letter in full, visit our Office of Federal Relations website.

Building the Catholic Networks Initiative

Making Plans for the Catholic Networks Project

Director of Ghana's National Catholic Health Service, George Adjei, maps out a strategy for action.

January 11, 2011– Georgetown University recently welcomed the Director of the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) of Ghana, George Adjei, to learn more about NCHS's role in the Ghanaian healthcare system and to discuss possible partnership opportunities.

Partnership with NCHS will play a central role in the development process of Georgetown's broader Catholic Networks Initiative. This global initiative seeks to enable Georgetown faculty and staff to work with partner organizations, applying a strategic approach for strengthening health systems in Africa by encouraging linkages between Catholic health networks and public institutions.

The meeting with Mr. Adjei focused on central areas of strategic development for NCHS, which provides 27% of healthcare in Ghana. Among the key issues discussed, management, human resource development and financing health insurance emerged as priorities, with other topics such as analysis of healthcare data, employee wellness and training, and forging stronger linkages with government also of primary concern.

Moving forward, University leaders of the Catholic Networks Initiative, including a cross-campus faculty team and Director of the Georgetown University Institute of Reproductive Health, Dr. Victoria Jennings, will work with Mr. Adjei to clarify areas of focus and collaboratively develop and implement a sustainable capacity building program within the network organized by NCHS.

To learn more about the project and Georgetown's global initiatives, visit the Office of the President landing page.

Voices of Gratitude Begin 2011

A Georgetown University Thank You

January 3, 2011– To end 2010 on a high note and celebrate the year ahead, Georgetown University alumni, students, faculty and staff joined to create a "thank you" video in appreciation of all supporters of the University over the past year.

The video features numerous members of the Georgetown community and personal messages of thanks.

As Dr. DeGioia summarized, "All of us at Georgetown are deeply grateful for the support of loyal alumni, parents and friends who help ensure Georgetown's continued excellence." 

Watch the video here.

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