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Interfaith Service at Georgetown
Two of Georgetown's core commitments are interfaith dialogue and service to others. Dialogue is a way to bridge religious and cultural divides; service is a shared calling across the world's great faith traditions. This site tracks innovative student efforts at Georgetown to further...

Challenge Video/Essay Contest Fall 2011

UPDATE: Contest Winners

Kieran Halloran - SFS, ‘14
Men and Women for Others: A Lifelong Journey

Stephen Patrick - COL, ‘13
A Mormon at Georgetown

Colleen Tapen - NHS, ‘13
A Non-Believer Making a Difference

Vivian Ojo - SFS, ‘14
Apples, Compassion and God’s Sense of Humour

Since his inauguration, President Obama has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service – “interfaith service” for short – as an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good.
American colleges, community colleges, universities, seminaries and rabbinical schools have often been at the forefront of solving our nation’s greatest challenges. The White House is encouraging institutions of higher education to make the vision for interfaith cooperation a reality on campuses across the country.

As a part of The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, Georgetown University’s Challenge Task Force is holding a video / essay contest to see how its students participate in and reflect upon the concept of interfaith service.

Contest Prizes
First Place… $500.00
Second Place… $350.00
Third Place… $150.00

The Grand Prize Winner will be featured on the Challenge Website. Runners-up and Honorary Awards will be highlighted on the Gelardin New Media Center’s Student Project Showcase.

Students must submit EITHER a Video between 2-4 minutes OR an Essay between 1,500-2,000 words answering the following question:

As "men and women for others", we at Georgetown are committed to working for justice and the common good. How does this Ignatian value inspire you to work together with those of different backgrounds, cultures, and faiths to make your campus and community a better place?

Submissions are due by November 23, 2011 at 5pm to

Gelardin New Media Center
1st Floor, Lauinger Library - 202-687-7410
>> Equipment – a wide array of video, audio, computer and photography equipment is available for student use. Please visit their website for reservation and usage policies. Equipment use is free to students.
>> Software – a wide array of editing software systems are available for student use on the Gelardin computers, located on the 1st Floor of Lauinger Library.
>> Learn More – no matter your skill level, GNMC can help you create a video entry. Sign up for a training workshop or one-on-one session to develop your understanding of the available equipment and processing software.

>> All entries must be submitted no later than 5pm on November 23rd to No entries will be accepted after this time.
>> Only current Georgetown University students (undergraduates and graduate) may enter the video / essay contest.
>> One entry per student or group of students, should you choose to work in a team.
>> Ensure all contact information (Name, School, Year, Email, Netid) are provided upon submission.
>> Videos and essays must be the original work of the student(s). Please ensure that no part(s) of any videos or essays submitted violate copyright laws. The Georgetown University Honor Code applies to this contest.
>> Any contest submissions become property of Georgetown University and may be used in promotional material for Georgetown’s White House Campus Challenge.
>> Videos that exceed 4 minutes will only be judged up to that point. Essays that exceed 2,000 words will only be judged up to that point. Please follow the time guidelines as this could negatively affect your entry.
>> Entries will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff appointed for this purpose. Criteria are:
   -- Clarity, style, and individuality;
   -- Addressing the challenges and impacts of interfaith service;
   -- Incorporation and application of the “men and women for others” theme.
>> Winners will be announced at the last Challenge event before winter break.

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