Core goals of a Georgetown education are to be able to demonstrate openness toward positions and experiences that are different from one's own; to understand that no perspective is unbiased; and to evaluate and articulate the ways in which one's own life experiences shape their participation in the world. How might the university revise the core curriculum so that students engage diversity with intellectual depth and rigor? Are there ways in which the curriculum and co-curriculum might be integrated to bring about such engagement?
Provost Bob Groves, Vice Provost Randy Bass, faculty, students, and alumni discussed these and related questions as part of the 2014 Doyle Symposium. The conversation built on the 2013 symposium about the Jesuit roots of Georgetown’s educational program and was in response to ongoing conversations about diversity and attention to diversity on campus. Participants proposed and considered strategies for ensuring that students encounter different experiences and perspectives within the Georgetown community and in the world beyond the Hilltop.