GSP was located in Healy until 2021, when its offices moved temporarily to the Leavey Center to accommodate the renovation of the ground floor, which included repairs on water and HVAC systems.
The student financial aid office was also based on the ground floor.
In the coming year, the student financial aid office will move from its temporary space in Reiss Science Building to the ground floor of White Gravenor, which will also be renovated to create a center for student services, including student financial services, the university registrar and revenue and receivables. Construction on the 6,800 square-foot-space in White Gravenor will aim to improve ADA access to departments, the service center and restrooms and increase the amount of flexible workspace for staff.
“We hope to provide a one-stop-shop for student services in White Gravenor and offer a dynamic support center for students’ personal and academic needs in Healy Hall,” says Georgetown Provost Robert M. Groves. “These upcoming renovations reflect our continued commitment to enrich students’ overall experience at Georgetown.”
Construction is expected to be completed in White Gravenor by spring 2023.
Healy Ground Floor Today: GSP
The new ground floor of Healy will be dedicated to student gathering spaces, well-being, faith and a central home for GSP. GSP will nearly triple its previous space in Healy, with approximately 2,300 square feet allocated to students and staff. The new space can accommodate a student lounge, several work spaces, private offices, meeting spaces, phone booths for private calls, a kitchen and storage space.
Since its 2005 founding, GSP has provided robust support for more than 2,200 low-income and first-generation college students. This support includes scholarships, micro-grants for emergent needs, resources such as subsidized mental health counseling, a course on navigating the “hidden curriculum” of college, peer and alumni mentors, tutoring, dinners and events, and a community.
Sofia Chen Ma (B’23), president of GSP’s student board, said she used to visit GSP’s former office in Healy Hall every day before class during her first year. For Chen Ma, the space offered community and a sense of belonging on a campus where she often felt imposter syndrome, she says.
“It wasn’t just an office,” Chen Ma says. “It was somewhere where I was comfortable. I felt like I was being heard. And a lot of my needs were met. I could always go in and feel home.”