President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Year-End Report
June 15, 2012
Launched in September 2011, the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge is an invitation to institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus. Through the Challenge, Georgetown University continues to build upon a long tradition and commitment to service and community impact, and this report highlights campus-wide efforts during the 2011-2012 academic year.
With a focus on education and poverty alleviation in the greater Washington area, thousands of students participated in regular and one-time service activities during the year, and the report highlights the various tutoring programs, neighborhood clean-up effort, canned food drive, and alternative spring break trips that formed part of this effort. Georgetown reached approximately 1000 students and 1500 total participants (faculty, staff, community members) through our interfaith engagement initiatives, including an interfaith 9/11 prayer vigil, faith and service roundtable discussions, a blog series, and student discussion groups. The strong cross-campus partnerships that were developed among many different campus groups will help to ensure that interfaith dialogue and service continue to evolve and grow to create real and positive change on Georgetown's campus and surrounding community into the future, and the report concludes by reiterating Georgetown's commitment to participating in the second year of the President's Interfaith and Community Service Challenge.