Category: University News

Title: Georgetown Leaders Thank Staff Members Who Redeployed During COVID-19 Pandemic

Date Published: June 2, 2021
80,000 Screenings at Building Entrances
6,000 Community Members Supported With Contact Tracing

GU Leaders Say ‘Thank You’

Tuesday’s virtual event opened with a montage of photographs featuring Georgetown staff members filling the critical roles DeGioia described.

Anthony Kinslow, Georgetown’s chief human resources officer, hosted the event and moderated comments of gratitude by several Georgetown leaders. 

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to share a common message with you all,” Kinslow said. “You stepped up, and you showed true dedication to your workplace, your coworkers and to society. It’s not like you knew the job that you were going to be faced with – on the job training just had to do. But you rose to the occasion, and that is why we are here today to thank you all who were redeployed.”

In addition to DeGioia, Kinslow was joined by university leaders who made remarks, including Dr. Ranit Mishori, chief public health officer, Provost Robert Groves, Dr. Edward Healton, the Medical Center’s executive vice president, William Treanor, Georgetown Law’s dean and executive vice president, and Geoffrey Chatas, the university’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.

“My staff and I jumped head first into the Redeploy Georgetown Program, hoping to do something helpful for the community, while our normal job functions were limited.”

– Jane Banister, Director of the Hoya Kids Learning Center

‘Helpful for the Community’

Jane Banister, director of the Hoya Kids Learning Center, spoke about her experience redeploying, noting that as the pandemic went on and on, she and her team decided to assist the campus community in a new way.

“My staff and I jumped head first into the Redeploy Georgetown Program, hoping to do something helpful for the community, while our normal job functions were limited,” recalled Banister, who started with vendor check-in responsibilities and then moved to lead the public health screening team along with the Georgetown University Police Department. She thanked all of the screeners for their dedication to the job.

Christopher Seeling, a program coordinator in the Department of History who worked on the care navigator team, noted some of the challenges of the role, including staying on top of the most current information and working with individuals who were anxious about their COVID-19 health status. 

“It’s really just been such a great pleasure working with this team over the last year,” Seeling said.