University IMPACT Champion

John J. DeGioia

Georgetown University is proud to stand with HeForShe and its work to empower women and girls worldwide. We share a responsibility—as members of a global family—to promote justice, equity, and dignity for women around the world.

Impact Commitments


Work with UN Women to advance the role of women globally through the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.


Georgetown seeks to strengthen the implementation of UN SCR 1325 through evidence-based research and analysis. With the recent creation of the Institute for Women, Peace & Security, Georgetown will contribute to further the role of women in all areas of peacebuilding -- from prevention and the protection of women from sexual violence in conflict to participation in negotiations, refugee assistance and post conflict recovery. In the coming year, the Institute will unveil a state-of-the-art repository of key articles and studies documenting significant issues and best practices; launch a new seminal study on women's political participation in ameliorating conflict and contributing to sustainable peace; and expand its international consortium which brings together practitioners and academics.


Strengthen Georgetown’s commitment to a respectful, safe campus for all community members.


In recent months, the issue of sexual assault on college and university campuses has been at the forefront of the national dialogue. Georgetown has engaged deeply in these issues for many years – from being one of the nation’s first institutions to hire a full-time sexual assault coordinator in 1997 to the establishment of Georgetown’s Sexual Assault Working Group more than a decade ago. In 2015, Georgetown launched a new program to build upon its existing curriculum: ‘RESPECT: Preventing Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct’. RESPECT provides the tools to recognize and report discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. More than 96% of current faculty and staff have completed the RESPECT training to date and, as part of the university’s ongoing work in this area, Georgetown is working steadily to increase completion rates (with a goal of 100 percent completion), including requiring completion by new faculty and staff within 30 days of employment.


Use the new Georgetown Women’s Alliance to create a culture where women thrive.


In 2015, Georgetown launched the Georgetown Women’s Alliance (GWA), a university-wide platform that will serve as the hub for gender equality and women at Georgetown, coordinating across existing strong initiatives such as the Women’s Center, Georgetown Women in Medicine, and the Georgetown Women’s Leadership Initiative. To date, more than 1,200 Georgetown men and women have joined the GWA, including students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University. GWA will collect, disseminate and work to implement innovative research on women in leadership; share best practices to develop a supportive environment for all community members; and host events and programming that provide inclusive opportunities for open dialogue on these topics.

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