The 7Cs of DEI

7cs of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion starting clockwise from the top right includes Composition, Communication, Curriculum, Co-curriculum, Careers, Community, and Culture

Action and Accountability

Using Georgetown McDonough’s 7 Cs framework for DEI, the following are goals and action items underway for 2021 and 2022.

Composition

What it means: 

We should recruit, admit, retain, and graduate or promote more diverse students, staff, and faculty, especially in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender.

Our goals:

  • Increase the percentage of BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color) students, staff, and faculty
  • Increase the percentage of women students and faculty
  • Significantly increase the diversity of faculty
  • Increase recruiting capacity related to diversity

The work ahead:

  • Analysing and correcting current sources of imbalance
  • Reviewing and revising testing, admissions, and application processes
  • Ensuring diverse admissions panels
  • Expanding scholarship opportunities 
  • Improving pipelines for student, faculty, and staff recruitment

Communication

What it means: 

We should communicate more often and more transparently about the composition of the school and our DEI initiatives, data, and outcomes.

Our goals:

  • Communicate openly and transparently about DEI data
  • Improve mechanisms for reporting and addressing incidents
  • Actively solicit feedback from staff on issues related to DEI

The work ahead:

  • Publishing the DEI report annually for easy access to data
  • Hosting listening sessions with students, faculty, and staff
  • Creating new roles (e.g., a student ombuds role) and channels to address communication
  • Creating a new DEI Council to bring together students from all McDonough programs and levels

Curriculum

What it means: 

We should increase the number of courses that focus on DEI, the extent to which all courses address it, and the diversity of readings, speakers, resources, and other material used in our classes.

Our goals:

  • Expand diversity of course content
  • Enhance access to DEI resources for faculty, staff, and students
  • Support faculty in DEI pedagogy and other initiatives
  • Develop a uniquely Georgetown approach to DEI in the curriculum

The work ahead:

  • Reviewing core courses to identify opportunities for diverse content
  • Piloting programs for DEI pedagogy
  • Ensuring course evaluations include DEI questions 
  • Creating new Executive in Residence positions with DEI emphasis

Co-curriculum

What it means: 

Our co-curricular activities and organizations should reflect our commitment to DEI because much of the McDonough experience occurs outside the classroom.

Our goals:

  • Enhance communication and collaboration among student leaders
  • Improve the inclusivity of student clubs
  • Expand the diversity of alumni and others engaged with clubs
  • Increase diversity among invited speakers, panelists, and event participants
  • Expand continuing education related to DEI

The work ahead:

  • Reviewing and revising club selection processes
  • Tracking/improving diversity of speakers and events
  • Helping student organizations recruit and promote diverse members and leaders, as well as enhance their own inclusivity

Careers

What it means: 

We should ensure the firms and organizations where our students work are as committed to DEI as we are, and we should help each other advance our DEI goals.

Our goals:

  • Partner to create more opportunities and scholarships for women and Black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC)
  • Expand recruitment by companies with strong DEI commitments
  • Ensure career-related events are inclusive
  • Increase learning and development resources for staff to enhance their careers

The work ahead:

  • Publicizing and creating outreach about scholarship and partnership opportunities
  • Identifying and expanding firms for recruitment
  • Reviewing and revising processes for career-related events

Community

What it means: 

We should be committed to DEI in our community beyond the Hilltop in ways that enhance DEI through our partnerships, purchasing, and participation.

Our goals:

  • Engage alumni as advisers to increase diversity of speakers, events, and more
  • Support vendors who are committed to DEI

The work ahead:

  • Creating vendor-management standards and practices that support DEI commitments
  • Identifying, adapting, and communicating best practices
  • Recruiting DEI advisers who are leaders in their own organizations
  • Expanding our partnerships with people and organizations in our community

Culture

What it means: 

McDonough’s culture should reflect and reinforce our commitment to DEI and our Jesuit values.

Our goal:

  • Improve culture at the department, school and university level through all other aspects of DEI

The work ahead:

  • Creating and hiring leadership roles to lead and focus DEI efforts
  • Identifying staff, faculty, and students to lead DEI efforts
  • Regularly communicating DEI initiatives and data
  • Engaging staff and faculty from all programs in bias-related programming