Learning happens everywhere. In the residential communities, we utilize an education-based framework to guide community development throughout the residential communities, in pursuit of a holistic engaged learning process for our students. This happens through several signature initiatives in the residential communities.

Educational Plans

The Educational Plan is the educational framework through which learning is facilitated within the residential communities. Learning is anchored on five “Magis Measures”: Care, Student Ownership, Faith & Justice, Inclusivity, and Learning.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, student and professional staff hosted over 1,400 programs focused on the Magis Measures. Over 50 of those programs were either led or co-sponsored by Georgetown Faculty.

Residential Living 2016-2017 Educational Programming. Residential Living strives to create communities where students learn, grow and thrive. Through integrative learning, residential living bridges student experiences in and out of the classroom to develop in the Jesuit tradition. 1339 unique programs in residence halls. 270 programs focused on Jesuit values (Magis Programming). 37 academic/faculty engagement programs. Studen-reported high impact experiences: resident assistant interactions, community building programs, chaplains-in residence.    Student Snapshot: Living at Georgetown. Care: "My RAs programming has connected me to implementing Jesuit values in practice, by showing me where to better myself and where to connect with communities I would otherwise not."-Darnall Hall Resident c/o 2020. Faith & Justice: It has brought me into closer contact with faith leaders and the residential chaplains. Additionally, living in such close contact with wildly different people has allowed me to grow in my understanding of everyone's common humanity. LXR Resident c/o 2017. Student Ownership: Residential programming has led me to InterHall Council where I now serve on the Executive Board. It provides me the opportunity to serve others on campus." New South Resident x/o 2018. Learning & Inclusivity: "My residential living experience has enabled me to understand different perspectives. While I may disagree with some perspectives, or time them downright disrespectful, I find it important to understand their source and how they've developed." Alumni Square Resident c/o 2017. Source: Residential Living Spring 2017 Living Learning Assessment.

“I have had some of the best educational experiences in common rooms; we talk about our classes, debate our viewpoints, and discuss developing events and the culture on campus-- as we see it and as we experience it.”

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Faculty Initiatives, Involvement & Engagement

Georgetown’s faculty are a key stakeholder in the education of our students not only within the confines of the classroom, but also within our residential communities. Faculty serve as Faculty-in-Residence and Faculty Fellows.

Collaborative Initiatives

Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are residential communities where like-minded individuals can share and deepen their passions through social, educational, and reflective activities. These communities support Georgetown University’s focus on active and collaborative learning by extending discussions beyond the classroom, creating new opportunities for students and faculty to interact, and promoting the value of experiences which occur in residential spaces. At Georgetown, we have thirteen Living Learning Communities where students can explore themes of academic interests, service learning, social justice and inclusion, and inter-faith, among others.

platED
platED is dedicated to maintaining and building an inclusive environment for the residential community through discussions surrounding issues of diversity, identity and social justice within their residence halls and spaces.  platED is a discussion between students and a faculty/staff member over a meal which takes place within the residential communities at Georgetown. Faculty and staff members are paired with a group of students who are interested in discussing a D7 topic (Religion/Spirituality, Race/Nationality/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Body Image, Ability, and Current Topics). Additionally, there are opportunities to lead and present on topics for our monthly large-scale programs.  

Moveable Feast
Moveable Feast is designed to encourage students, faculty, and academic deans at Georgetown to have substantive conversations outside of class, engaging around topics of academic interests, future studies and general life experiences. Meals may take place in the comfort of the student's’ own home or at a local restaurant.