Year in Review 2015 – 2016

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As Assault Survivors Speak Out, Policies Advance
As the issue of sexual assault on college campuses rose to the forefront of the national consciousness, advocacy efforts for awareness and policy reform at Georgetown also gained traction over the past academic year. From the hiring of the university’s first full-time Title IX coordinator, to the dissemination of the Sexual Assault and Misconduct Survey, to the waiving of Counseling and Psychiatric Services fees for survivors, this year witnessed significant advancements in advocacy and policy.

Students Advocate for Workers’ Rights
In a year dominated by student advocacy efforts to address issues at Georgetown from its history with slavery to divestment, workers’ rights has remained a prevalent issue on campus.

Student athletes called for the university to re-evaluate its relationship with Nike, which has been accused of mistreating factory workers, while the Georgetown Solidarity Committee launched its Work With Dignity Campaign in March to better recognize and demand improvements for university workers.

Beyond the 272 Sold in 1838, Plotting the National Diaspora of Jesuit-Owned Slaves
In 1838, Georgetown University President Fr. Thomas Mulledy, S.J., sold 272 slaves for $115,000, in part to pay off university debts and keep Georgetown from closing. More than 175 years later, student protests urged the university to confront its history, challenging the names of Mulledy and McSherry Hall but also advocating institutional changes to address current concerns. At the end of this year of confrontation and reconciliation, the conversation has only just begun.

In light of this, for our Year in Review issue, columnist Matthew Quallen looks back on the history of Jesuit slavery, not simply to reflect on the past, but also to contribute to a comprehension of its impact from the lives of the first slaves to the lives of descendants today.

Profiles of Two Descendants of the Georgetown Slaves: Patricia Bayonne-Johnson and Maxine Crump

Complaints and Closures Strain Campus Resources
Faced with increased demand for resources in virtually all aspects of campus, the administration worked to address growing concerns in Georgetown’s academic, athletic and student life.

Bowser Pushes Initiatives to Accomodate Homeless
In light of an influx of families seeking shelter during a record-breaking winter storm this year, homelessness in Washington, D.C., became an increasingly prominent issue, with Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) recently announcing plans to close the city’s dilapidated D.C. General Family Shelter.

Coach of the Year: Adair Turns Team Around
When Natasha Adair was named head coach of the College of Charleston’s women’s basketball team in May 2012, she took over a program that had finished its 2011-2012 campaign at 7-23 — the team’s second losing record in as many seasons.

Two years later, when Adair made the decision to accept the head coaching position at Georgetown, the team she left behind at Charleston was vastly different from the one she had inherited.

Honoring Seniors: Stellar Careers Remembered
The seniors that gave stand-out contributions to their teams.

Lack of Emotional Leadership Sinks Season
It is no secret that this season was disappointing. It was Georgetown’s first losing record in John Thompson III’s tenure and the first since the 2003-04 season — former Head Coach Craig Esherick’s last season before he was fired.

Mixed Results in 2015-2016 Shift Expectations

In Memoriam
The university community mourned the deaths of Fr. Curry, Rabbi White and Kitt Rom (SFS ’19) and other alumni and faculty.

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