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Student Named a 2009 Goldman Sachs Global Leader

April 22, 2009 – Sociology major Catherine Wright S (C’11) joins an elite group of student named to the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program.

The program named her as one of 16 students selected as a 2009 U.S. Goldman Sachs Global Leader. The leadership program identifies and rewards the academic excellence and leadership potential of the most accomplished second-year students across the world from all disciplines.

Wright will receive a $3,000 award and advanced leadership training as part of the program. She also will have access to an international network of experts, policymakers and established business leaders, through which the selected students share ideas, learn and work collaboratively to address global challenges.

Confronting Oppression with Leadership

“Catherine’s dedication to academic excellence and to providing service to others embodies Georgetown University’s mission to train leaders who are well informed and engaged in their communities,” said Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College. “We look forward to her continued contributions to the campus community as well as her certain success in her future endeavors.”

After graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., Wright delayed coming to Georgetown for one year to work for City Year Seattle as an AmeriCorps member where she worked with other volunteers to tutor middle-school students and led community volunteer projects.

In her application, Wright wrote of oppression becoming rationalized as a “way of life,” blinding society to failing schools, malnourish children and inadequate medical care.

“The imminent need to solve these issues calls me to leadership,” Wright wrote. “The perception of service must shift from that of kindness and charity to that of necessity and pragmatism.” 

Living Out Georgetown’s Values

Wright has dedicated herself to such work at Georgetown. The Snoqualmie, Wash., native leads the Georgetown University ServeNext Action Network, which she helped found during her freshman year to increase support for national service programs.

She also tutors prison inmates as a volunteer with Georgetown’s prison outreach program, advocates for workers’ rights through the Georgetown Solidarity Committee and will lead First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI), a community service preorientation program for new students in the fall.

“Catherine has strong academic skills and is capable of performing at the highest levels of scholarship. But what makes her special is her advocacy and concern for the public good,” says sociology professor Sam Marullo, who met Wright at the start of her sophomore year. “She is committed to public policy and civic engagement to make the world a better place.”

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