The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life is a unique effort to promote dialogue on Catholic Social Thought and national and global issues; build bridges across political, religious, and ideological lines; and encourage a new generation of Catholic lay leaders to see their faith as assets in pursuing the common good.
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The Initiative has organized more than 140 dialogues, convenings, and other gatherings, involving more than 400 diverse leaders and drawing more than 230,000 students, Washington leaders, and others across the nation and world. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in 2020, the Initiative has moved online, hosting more than 50 virtual dialogues and gatherings for young and Latino leaders, drawing more than 175,000 views and involving more than 170 diverse and respected leaders, half of whom were women and half of whom were people of color.
The Initiative is located in the Office of the President and partners with other key Georgetown organizations to advance and demonstrate Georgetown’s Catholic identity and Jesuit mission. Through teaching, a Student Fellows program, and other educational efforts, the Initiative engages Georgetown faculty and students and the broader community on vital moral questions at the intersection of faith and public life.