Graduate Student Groups at Georgetown

Africa and the World

Africa’s place in global society is conceptualized in distinctive and equally valuable ways across disciplines. Yet these perspectives are so rarely placed into conversation with one another with the goal of enriching scholars and policymakers understanding of the continent’s history, society, and pressing challenges. The Africa and the World Seminar Group at Georgetown University aims to bridge this gap by fostering a sense of community amongst young scholars who share an interest in exploring Africa’s historical and contemporary scholarship on local, regional, and global scales. We aim to attract specialists from an array of disciplines including, but not limited to, history, economics, business, linguistics, political science, anthropology, religion/theology, and area studies in order to share different perspectives and ongoing research in a collegial and constructive environment on campus. We are particularly interested in work that explores interconnectedness of Africans on the continent and beyond, investigates the history of its peoples and societies from innovative perspectives, or that analyzes how Africa has been both influenced and helped shape regional and global economic, political, and social processes. We also welcome members with specialized, or broader, interests in questions relating to African economic development, people and culture, politics and government, environment and society, and conflict and peacebuilding.   
The workshop will convene regularly throughout the academic year and take a variety of forms. Members will be encouraged to submit papers for discussion and to present on topics of their choosing. In other sessions, a distinguished speaker will be invited to address the group. As a part of the effort to build a sense of community amongst Africanist scholars at Georgetown, the seminar conveners will encourage participants to recount recent fieldwork experience, share best practices for conducting various types of quantitative and qualitative research, and ask students to submit grant proposals for comment and feedback. Although participants will largely determine the direction and content of each individual seminar, a central graduate student committee does take charge of all administrative and planning duties. This is not intended so as to privilege certain perspectives, but to ensure that the workshop continues to provide a diverse and inclusive platform of a variety of views and ideas across disciplines. Please contact either Dylan Proctor ( or Matthew La Lime ( for information regarding future meeting times, membership, or if you wish to present/participate. We look forward to working with all members of the Georgetown African studies community to create an intellectual space that allows for the free exchange of Africanist research and ideas across fields of study. 

Arabic Department Graduate Association

The Georgetown Arabic Department Graduate Association provides a forum for graduate students engaged in the study of Arabic literature, Arabic linguistics, Arabic history and culture, and Islamic Studies at Georgetown. It provides a venue in which graduate students have the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects, hold academic workshops, and participate in roundtable discussions, with the aim of encouraging discussions among graduate students and professors over their research and its contribution to the scholarship in the field, as well as for the discussion of works-in-progress by more advanced scholars.

Biology Organization of Graduate Students

The Biology Organization of Graduate Students (BOGS) supports doctoral students in the Georgetown University biology department. BOGS acts as an advocate for biology graduate students by fostering a sense of community and providing a formal setting to resolve departmental issues. Additionally, BOGS provides students an academic venue to facilitate scientific discussions and foster collaboration. Each year BOGS provides students with opportunities to build connections with top scientists via our invited seminar series.

Black Graduate Student Association

The purpose of the organization is to develop the academic and social potential of its members and to provide an environment of support and cultural enrichment of the Georgetown University community for individuals who identify with the Black community through involvement in:

  • Academic support and collaboration;
  • Community Service;
  • Networking opportunities within Georgetown and the Greater DC area;
  • Culturally relevant Academic and Social discussions

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Georgetown University (GU-CSSA) is an officially registered nonpolitical, nonreligious, and nonprofit graduate student organization of Georgetown University. It has been established for more than one decade. The Executive Committee of 2003-2004 built the form of committee in a creative way to lead the Association. Since then, the Association has become more and more attractive and influential. In 2004, the Committee was dedicated to finishing up the registration of CSSA at Georgetown University and finally made it. As an authorized student organization at Georgetown University, CSSA has access to many great university benefits, including funding, web hosting, event space, etc. Currently GU-CSSA serves for more than 350 members at Georgetown University, who are mainly students, scholars, and faculty and staff originally from China. With the academic prestige of Georgetown University and our large membership, GU-CSSA are active and influential in sponsoring and organizing academic and recreational activities, both on the Georgetown University campus and in the Chinese community of Washington, DC. The GU-CSSA Executive Committee, elected each year, are consists of a group of CSSA members regarding leadership and devotion. It is their voluntary work that enriches the experience of all members.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Georgetown University (GU-CSSA) is committed to providing academic, professional, social and entertainment information and services to its members; promoting Chinese culture, history and languages; promoting dialogue within the Association and the broader Georgetown University community.

Doctoral Students Coalition

The mission of the Doctoral Students' Coalition is to advocate on behalf of the common interests of all doctoral students in their roles as junior scholars, researchers, instructors, and members of the Georgetown University community. We aim to promote awareness of issues and policies pertinent to doctoral students, and to facilitate communication and collaboration between doctoral students in diverse programs, disciplines, and career stages, as well as between doctoral students and other populations on campus.

Economics Graduate Student Association

The Economics Graduate Student Organization was founded in 2014 with the purpose of facilitating the exchange of ideas and academic collaboration among Economics Ph.D. students, and giving a platform through which they can present their when ideas and projects, and get valuable feedback and criticism, in a positive and safe environment.

To this end, the Economics Graduate Student Organization organizes a weekly student seminar during which students present the early stages of their research, which gives them an opportunity to improve their presentation skills and receive feedback, both integral parts of the profession.

Falun Dafa Club

Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced self-cultivation practice of the Buddha School. It has three principles---Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. This club is to introduce the traditional Chinese meditation practice and philosophy, helping students getting healthier and less stressed. It also aims to introduce traditional Chinese cultures and art.

Georgetown Design & Innovation

Georgetown Design + Innovation (d+i) is for Main and Medical campus graduate students who have an interest in human-centered design, design thinking, and design doing. The club’s mission is to engage members into a community of innovative thinkers, provide opportunities for building in-demand skills in design thinking and expose the graduate community to design-focused resources at Georgetown and within the DC area. This will be done through hands-on workshops, guest speakers & panels, design challenges, field trips & treks, social events, and more.

Georgetown Graduate Association for Islamic Studies

The Georgetown Graduate Association for Islamic Studies (GGAIS) aims to bring together emerging scholars/graduate students for whom Islam, in its most expansive rendition, serves as a scholarly unit of analysis. The GGAIS is an open space for interdisciplinary exchange, research, and dialogue on Islam. If Islam has figured in your research one way or another, GGAIS is your new scholarly abode!

GGAIS regularly meets to discuss new developments in the field, debrief on conferences, and provide feedback on one another's ongoing research and paper drafts. GGAIS also hosts faculty members for talks and organizes relevant workshops. 

Georgetown University Graduate Association of Mexican Students

Georgetown University Graduate Association of Mexican Students (GUGAMS) gathers Hoyas interested in Mexico and its culture. Either by nationality, professional or academic experience, or pure interest; all students are welcomed to join and enjoy the multiple events and opportunities that we offer.

We seek to generate spaces for dialogue and exchange of ideas (e.g. speaker series, panels, and networking events) that will provide the members of GUGAMS the chance to engage with Mexican current affairs and culture. Additionally, we take advantage of Georgetown’s location in DC, to connect our members with Mexicans across the city’s professional network through company presentations and visits.


GradGov is the chief representative body for all graduate students on campus. We are a non-profit, all-volunteer student organization dedicated to the promotion of graduate student interests. We represent graduate students before the faculty and administration of the university so as to create opportunities for graduate students to develop professionally, socially, and academically. To learn more about GradGov and meet the members of our Executive Board, please click here.


"The mission of GradPride is to create a supportive atmosphere for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Georgetown University and to promote fair treatment of all members of the Georgetown University community. To this end, GradPride will:

Build Community: provide a social venue for LGBTQ students as well as other members of the Georgetown community who are interested in LGBTQ issues.

Educate: provide a forum for discussion of LGBTQ issues at Georgetown University and raise awareness of these issues by hosting speakers, panel discussions and similar events.

Affirm: provide community support to LGBTQ students in Georgetown's graduate student community.

Support Interests: promote the safety, well-being and interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning graduate students at Georgetown University by representing these interests vis-a-vis the Georgetown University administration and the larger Georgetown community. 

Promote Equality: promote equal treatment of all members of the Georgetown University community regardless of race, color, disability, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, class, and age, and strive to support and work with other Georgetown student groups to achieve this goal."

Graduate Association for Students of Psychology

The objective of the Graduate Association for Students of Psychology (GASP) is to promote discussion, learning, and exploration of new ideas by the graduate students and faculty within the Psychology Department at Georgetown. Additionally, the Graduate Association for Students of Psychology (GASP) provides opportunities for graduate students within and outside of the department to develop professionally, academically, and socially. We host networking and career development events as well as social events that are related to the study of psychology.

Graduate Jewish Student Association

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Graduate Linguistics Students Association

The Georgetown Linguistics Student Association (GLSA) supports masters and doctoral students in the Georgetown University linguistics department. GLSA’s mission is to advocate for graduate students in linguistics and foster a sense of community. In addition to providing a voice for students in the department, we help facilitate workshops and other opportunities to cultivate student academic endeavors. Our community regularly enjoys fellowship over coffee and snacks each Thursday where we engage in conversations ranging from linguistics to non-linguistic topics.

Graduate Nursing Student Academy

The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA), started in 2015, aims to promote the educational and professional development of nursing students in graduate programs at Georgetown University. We strive to facilitate educational, professional, and social interaction among and between graduate students and faculty members in the Department of Nursing as well as with nursing professionals in the community. We provide support to our graduate nursing students, such as those interested in careers as advanced practice registered nurses, researchers, clinical nurse leaders (CNL), policy experts and/or healthcare administrators. We aim to be a resource for graduate nursing students, and are available to help with any professional development needs. GNSA is associated with the American Association of Colleges of Nurses, an organization who helps members by offering leadership opportunities, a graduate nursing network, peer-to-peer networking, and policy engagement.  As we are a relatively new group, we are working on strengthening our presence and voice on campus. The board consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Academic Chair, Social Chair and a Class Representative for each cohort. 

Graduate Political Science Association

The Graduate Political Science Association (GPSA) is a graduate student organization at Georgetown University. It is dedicated to serving all students at Georgetown who are affiliated with the Government Department or interested in Political Science. As a team, we are committed to improving the experience of students pursuing graduate degrees in the Government Department in every way that we can. From organizing social and academic events, to serving as a liaison between students and faculty, to advancing initiatives to improve the structure and organization of the Department’s academic programs, and beyond, GPSA works to ensure that students can make the most out of their graduate studies and time at Georgetown! Every year, a new "GPSA Cabinet Team" dedicates their time to advancing this mission

Graduate Spanish and Portuguese Student Organization

The Graduate Spanish and Portuguese Student Organization (GSPSO) is an organization open to all graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University. It was founded in 2000 with the aim of creating a forum for discussion of issues of common interest among graduate students.

The GSPSO holds periodic meetings in which important matters are undertaken concerning students’ funding and responsibilities as well as changes to the graduate guidelines and academic progress requirements. Both the Department’s Chair and the Directors of Graduate Studies have expressed their desire to give graduate students an active role in the Department and to improve communication with them. In order to facilitate this interaction, periodic meetings with the students’ representatives have been established as well as informational meetings for all graduate students. Members of the executive board are responsible for such tasks as communicating with the department and university administrations, as necessary, for representing the department at Graduate School Government assemblies, for facilitating the adjustment period of first-year students, organizing social and academic tasks that engage students from both concentration programs, and for regular communication with the student-members. Student-members are given the right and privilege to vote in group elections, to bring concerns to their executive board members, and to participate in planning academic events and workshops.

Our intention is to make the graduate students’ experience (both academic and social) in this department as fruitful as possible, while allowing students to bring their own energies and ideas to bear in the GSPSO.

Graduate Student Organization of Chemistry

The Graduate Student Organization of Chemistry (GSOC) serves to bring those with an interest in chemistry together to create a fun and enriching environment in which members can grow within their own scientific field, collaborate with other scientists, and educate the community. The majority of the members of GSOC are doctoral students in the Chemistry Department at Georgetown University, however many events are open to all graduate students. GSOC hosts academic enrichment, professional development and lively social events throughout the year.

Healthcare Business Alliance (HBA)

The Healthcare Business Alliance (HBA) is a student organization encompassing all Georgetown graduate students who are interested in the healthcare industry. HBA seeks to develop Georgetown students into well-informed, well-trained, and well-rounded leaders in the healthcare industry by providing educational and professional development opportunities for its members. The organization hopes to bring, to the forefront, healthcare discourse among Georgetown students and faculty.

Medical Center Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO)

The Medical Center Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO) is a student-run organization that includes all Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) students at Georgetown University. We aim to promote graduate student interests; serve as a liaison between the student body, the administration, and the faculty of the University; and create opportunities for graduate students to develop professionally, socially, and academically. All BGE students are welcome to join us! The best way to hear about our events is to add the MCGSO google calendar. 


Neuroscience Student Society

The Neuroscience Student Society’s mission is to promote discussion of new ideas in research and foster collaboration between students and faculty within all neuroscience-related graduate programs at Georgetown.  Any aspect of graduate life that influences or affects any of the graduate students working in neuroscience shall be considered and can be addressed by NSS.  This includes but is not limited to career development, teaching opportunities, peer mentorship, and networking with alumni.  Additionally, the Neuroscience Student Society will create opportunities for graduate students to develop professionally, academically, and socially.  All are welcome.

GQ Models

Georgetown Quantitative Models (GQ Models) hosts events focused on quantitative methodologies for social science research.  We bring in both outside experts as well as Georgetown faculty to discuss new developments and best practices in a wide variety of quantitative methodologies.  All graduate and undergraduate students are invited to attend our invites and should email to be put on the email for announcements about events.

Sacred Encounters

While Georgetown is no stranger to organizations that concern themselves with interreligious life, the political or confessional nature of these groups can preclude informal involvement. As such, Sacred Encounters seeks to create an alternative, safe space for academic and personal consideration of religious pluralism. Sacred Encounters will offer graduate students from across Georgetown's various schools and departments an opportunity to engage with interesting and important questions of interreligious life (such as multiple religious belonging and religion's role in the public sphere) with no barriers to participation. These events will include film screenings, invited speakers, social gatherings (game nights, etc.), and so forth as determined by the executive board.

Asia Business Consortium

The Asia Business Consortium is designed to promote U.S. and Asian business and cultural interaction by providing a wide range of programs and networking opportunities to the Georgetown MBA community. Members of the Asia Business Consortium consist of students with either a regional background or interest in Asia, bringing diversity and unique perspective to the McDonough School of Business. We understand that our members’ various origins and backgrounds are our guide to experience the world.

Black MBA Association

The Black MBA Association represents a group of students culturally drawn together and whose goal is to cultivate the presence and experience of Black and African students in a manner that enriches the MBA program and local community.
We achieve this goal through academic, professional, service and social activities that augment the dynamic learning experience of our members and the larger student body. We provide an open forum in the MSB community for all students to come together to share and enhance their personal development in preparation for their future careers.

Georgetown Christians in Business

The Georgetown Christians in Business exists to provide opportunities for Christians at Georgetown MSB to gather together for fellowship, prayer, and discussion. The club also aims to equip its members to think intelligently about the integration of the Christian faith with the work in which God has called us to engage.

Georgetown Graduate Women in Business

GWiB is a professional development and advocacy group of forward-looking and ambitious business disruptors who share in the goal of empowering women. GWiB provides members with tools and resources for future leadership. We also host a range of events that provide a safe space for discussion, learning, and driving change for women. Those events include (but are not limited to) professional development trainings, lunch and learn networking events with alumni, parties/mixers, and an annual Women in Business Conference.

Georgetown Investment Fund

The Graduate Investment Fund (GIF) is a student-managed long-only equity fund, comprised of contributions from both alumni and Georgetown's endowment. The fund is currently valued over $450,000. GIF provides students the opportunity to develop their investing skills in a collaborative environment that supports learning and brings classroom theory to practice.

Georgetown Net Impact

Net Impact’s mission is to help McDonough and other graduate students learn to use the power of business to solve societal challenges and make the world a better place. Members of Net Impact believe that all organizations have an impact on society and principled leaders must focus on net impact as well as net profit. Through our activities, we empower MBAs to make a positive impact in their careers, regardless of whether they work at a small nonprofit or a large corporation. We strive to provide a strong network and support system for students specifically pursuing careers in social impact and help all business students, regardless of industry or function, to weave social impact into their work.

Georgetown Partners Association

The Georgetown Partners Association is a social and professional networking organization for the spouses and significant others of Georgetown students. Our purpose is to help further connect partners with the Georgetown community. Partners find the association to be a breath of fresh air as we are all experiencing many of the same life changes – moving to a new geographic location, finding new jobs, getting married, having children, and balancing all of the changes for two lives

Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA)

Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA) is a student-led organization dedicated to increasing the visibility of women in international affairs and developing quality leadership among our graduate students. Through interactive programming, GWIA connects, empowers, and prepares emerging leaders. GWIA offers graduate students the unique opportunity to hear from women in leadership positions on various topics of concern to women professionals, including career trajectories, challenges of maintaining a work/life balance, and building professional experience.

Greater China Business Association

Greater China Business Association (GCBA)'s mission is to increase awareness and understanding of greater China markets and business landscapes among MSB/MBA students. The objectives of the Greater China Business Association are: to educate MBAs on business, social, and cultural issues of China, to understand China’s role in the global economy, to increase dialogue between MBAs and China, and to foster professional development for MBAs interested in doing business in or with the greater China area. These activities will promote school brand recognition in the greater China region and enhance business networks for future growth. Greater China includes countries and regions with a strong Chinese influence.

Human Capital and Leadership Club:

Human Capital work is inherently cross-functional, complex, varied, and necessary to all successful organizations. The Human Capital and Leadership Club (HCAL) seeks to educate future business leaders on the importance of human capital as a source of competitive advantage in any business sector, while providing networking and learning opportunities with strategic human resource professionals and human capital consultants across a variety of industries.

HCAL also nurtures the interests of students interested in pursuing careers within human capital by exposing them to career opportunities and industry professionals in this function, and by providing opportunities for those students to apply Human Capital understanding to business problems. Our vision is to build Georgetown’s Human Capital brand so that our school becomes a premiere supplier of human capital talent to the business world.

Jewish Business Alliance

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Out@MSB is a student association at the McDonough School of Business (MSB) at Georgetown University for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and asexual/ally (LGBTQA) members of the entire MBA community. The organization looks to promote and encourage an inclusive, welcoming community, and assist its members in growth through personal, social, and career development.

Taking advantage of MSB's location at the heart of the vibrant and growing LGBT community in Washington D.C., Out@MSB is uniquely positioned to be a thriving student organization with membership across the community. We work to further LGBTQA issues within the community, partner with the MSB Admissions and Career Services Offices to expand LGBTQA involvement, and host monthly events to create an accepting, welcome atmosphere at MSB.

The European Business Association

We are a graduate club focused on sharing European social, cultural, and business exposure. Our location in the US capital allows us to take advantage of our proximity to European Embassies and opens us up to the vast multinational touch points this city has. We aim to provide our members with the access to European business leaders and diplomats who are based in or are travelling through D.C. At the beginning of this year, EBA has become active in the career search space and club leadership attended the European Career Fair at MIT in Boston. Our leadership and members are committed to increasing the presence at this fair to pursue career opportunities for those that are interested to work at European firms or in Europe. We are also motivated to create social settings in which students can experience European cuisine, sports, and art performances.

Key events this year:

  • Olympic Men’s Downhill Ski Racing Viewing
  • Intimate dinner with an expert on the unique Finnish Public Education System
  • Career trip to Boston MIT European Career Fair
  • Swiss tasting dinner with Czech Embassy Dignitaries
  • Dinner with CFO of VW Group of America

The longer-term aim of this club is to create a more diverse membership base. On the cultural side we would like to introduce European culture to students that have had little to no previous experiences. With regards to employment and major US based companies, we are permanently leveraging international connections for finding US jobs for our members. Whether you are looking to move to Europe after graduation, want to work for a European multinational in the US, or just want to try European culinary specialties with people that share a love for European culture, this club is for you! We look forward to hearing from you!

MBA Student Government

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EduWonks is a student organization that facilitates policy dialogue, professional growth experiences, and interdisciplinary collaboration through speaker events, policy chats, networking events, and service initiatives in the DC community

Food and Health Research at McCourt

Food and Health Research at McCourt (FaHRM) is dedicated to bringing in leading professionals and stakeholders across food and health policy both on the domestic front and the international to Georgetown for discussion and speaking engagements. We seek to expand students' knowledge of these topics and enhance awareness around these issues given that debates in these realms often find themselves at the forefront of policy discussions. Additionally, we engage with the DC community through volunteer events and visits to organizations responding to food and health policy challenges to better understand how to craft effective solutions to dilemmas on the ground. FaHRM welcomes collaboration with other Georgetown student organizations in advance of the cause to improve hunger and health outcomes in the US and abroad. 

Georgetown Public Policy Review

Established in 1995, the Georgetown Public Policy Review (GPPR) is the McCourt School of Public Policy’s non-partisan academic journal, offering analysis and critical insight on today’s most pressing policy challenges. GPPR is a graduate student-run publication, featuring articles from students, faculty, policy analysts, and practitioners across the globe. Our mission is to promote thorough and empirical work in the field of public policy.

GPPR publishes online articles, data visualizations, and podcasts year-round. Based in Washington, D.C., GPPR has the benefit of accessing high-profile interviews and cutting-edge analysis from major players in the policy world. 

  • Spring Edition: The Spring Edition is GPPR’s a peer-reviewed, academic journal and publishes each issue around a theme that features journal-length academic articles and essays examining underexplored issues of public policy.
  • Online Publications: GPPR Online is a website offering substantive, timely analysis and diverse perspectives on policy issues. Articles in GPPR Online are longer than a traditional blog post but shorter than a full-length journal article, allowing authors to address policy challenges with enough depth without overwhelming readers. 
  • Podcasts: GPPR’s podcasts offer cutting-edge policy conversations with leading academics, practitioners, political leaders and activists. Each episode is an in-depth examination of one or two policy issues with a relevant expert. Listen to our podcasts here.
  • Social Events: Each year, GPPR hosts several social events to raise funds for the organization’s operational expenses.
  • GPPR’s Facebook page | Twitter: @GPPolicyReview | Instagram: @GPPReview
Georgetown Public Policy Student Association

The Georgetown Public Policy Student Association (GPPSA) serves as the student government at the McCourt School of Public Policy. GPPSA works to facilitate communication and collaboration among students, administrators, and faculty as well as to enhance the academic, social, and professional experiences of McCourt students.

Throughout the year, GPPSA provides support to student groups and promotes ingenuity and engagement by funding student-driven initiatives that extend graduate learning beyond the classroom. GPPSA-sponsored programming ranges from speaker series on cutting edge policy issues, policy debates, skills workshops, and brown bag lunches with faculty to sightseeing tours of D.C., community service projects, and networking happy hours with alumni. GPPSA also builds community at McCourt by hosting social and diversity events including an international potluck and cultural festival, trivia nights, election watch parties, student-faculty holiday mixers, and the annual end-of-year student gala and graduation dinner.

To ensure that student feedback is incorporated into every aspect of student life, GPPSA holds State of the McCourt School forums with administrators and encourages student participation in opinion surveys on the McCourt experience. GPPSA maintains a website for student information, including event calendars and resource guides, as well as social media accounts tracking school news.


Latin American Policy Association

At the Latin America Policy Association, our mission is to promote the discussion, debate and analysis of policies and political issues relevant for Latin America.

Additionally, the Latin American Policy Association seeks to disseminate knowledge and awareness about issues and policies in the region among the student community at Georgetown University. LAPA seeks to advance the interests of Latin American students in the McCourt School and in the larger Georgetown community and to provide students at GU that are interested in Latin America and the U.S. – Latin America relationship an opportunity to analyze and discuss public policies and political events relevant to the region.

McCourt E&E (Energy & Environment)

Energy and environmental concerns are among the most important challenges facing policy makers today. Federal, state, and local lawmakers will all face policy choices related to climate change in the coming years. These may include how to: ensure coastal cities are resilient in the face of rising sea levels and storm surge, address reduced water supply in agriculture, find new sources of power that ensure an operational electric grid during natural disasters, increase energy efficiency in industrial, commercial, and residential sectors, address public health concerns by improving air and water quality, secure a sustainable food supply for growing populations, and much more.

The McCourt LGBT + Policy Initiative

The McCourt LGBTQ+ Policy Initiative (McCourt LPI) is the McCourt School of Public Policy's LGBTQ+ and Ally graduate student organization. McCourt LPI focuses on fostering a more inclusive McCourt and Georgetown Community for gender and sexual minorities. Specifically, it encourages the advancement of graduate-level research about gender and sexual minorities both domestically and globally. McCourt LPI has worked to bring experts about LGBTQ policy issues to the Georgetown community, such as experts from the Center for American Progress' LGBT Research and Communications Project. McCourt LPI is open to all members of the Georgetown community, with a specific focus on graduate-level research and advocacy. 

McCourt Policy Conference

Each year, McCourt students work together to plan an annual public policy conference. The event brings distinguished academics and policymakers to Washington, D.C. to discuss the most pressing and complex social issues of the day. This day-long event also provides a unique opportunity for current policy experts to address and hear from the next generation of policy professionals. The McCourt School Policy Conference attracts speakers and a diverse audience from the nation's top policy schools, non-profit and government organizations, in addition to members of the Georgetown and Washington, D.C. policy communities.

South Asia Policy and Research Initiative

The South Asia Policy and Research Initiative (SAPRI) is a student-led initiative within the McCourt School of Public Policy dedicated to raising awareness on the critical challenges facing economies in South Asia and promoting evidence-based policies in the region. SAPRI’s mission is to foster continuous dialogue, discussion and analysis of policy issues in South Asia with the aim of creating a new generation of policymakers who are committed to finding sustainable, evidence-based solutions to the region’s development challenges.

Women in Public Policy Initiative

The McCourt School of Public Policy’s Women in Public Policy Initiative (WPPI) is dedicated to developing exceptional female leaders in public policy and increasing awareness of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls through strategic partnerships, service, and advocacy.  As an organization, we strive to increase the visibility of women in the policy arena both inside and outside of the immediate Georgetown University community. We seek to provide an inclusive forum for students interested in issues pertaining to women in politics and public policy, to support the professional development and skills of female students in preparation for their future careers, and to connect current students with alumni and professionals in the field. Membership is open to all interested graduate students regardless of gender, political affiliation, race, or sexual orientation.

Women in Science & Education

Georgetown Women in Science and Education (WISE) aims to raise awareness of gender-specific challenges that exist in science and academia; to encourage and promote spaces for dialogue on working toward solutions to overcome biases in science and academia; and to establish a mentorship network between Georgetown students and the faculty and administration. WISE programming consists of a wide range of events from professional development workshops to networking receptions that focus on advancing our mission. WISE is open to and welcomes all graduate students.

Africa Forum

Founded in 2010 and gaining official status as a GSO club in 2012, The Africa Forum works to spread awareness and promote dialogue about the 54 nations of Africa amongst Georgetown University graduate students. This includes the hosting of professionally-focused events about security, development, business or governance in an African context; the promotion of awareness of African culture and history; the outreach to the local African community and experts in African issues; as well as keeping members aware of current international affairs issues in Africa. 

As of September 2017, The Africa Forum has 85 members on Hoyalink. In previous semesters, around 20 people attended each event. The Africa Forum also assists with the annual African Business Conference. 

Asia-Pacific Forum

The Georgetown Asia-Pacific Forum (APF) connects graduate students, alumni, and practitioners who are interested in Asian affairs, including East Asia and Southeast Asia. APF aims to facilitate interests and deepen understandings on issues in the Asia-Pacific region–ranging from politics, economy, and development to culture and food.

Big Buddies

Big Buddies is the only graduate volunteer-based organization which provides graduate SFS students the opportunity to inspire and motivate underprivileged elementary students in the Washington, D.C. area. Big Buddies hopes to match up a Big Buddy (Georgetown graduate student) to a Little Buddy to mentor them on such things as educational aspirations and overall support. Events include visits to the museum, sports day, a scavenger hunt on campus and more.

European Horizons at Georgetown University

European Horizons (EuH) is the only transatlantic student run Think Tank that has more than 50 chapters at universities across the world. We are devoted to exploring the meaning of European identity, modernizing and reforming the concept of the social market economy, advancing the cause of European integration, and deepening transatlantic relations. To this end, European Horizons has established a network of students, professors, and European decision-makers, with links to academia, politics, civil society, and business. Together, we engage in a constructive dialogue that will propound a platform of ideas for reforming the European Union and setting a policy vision for its future.

European Horizons convenes an annual European Student Conference at Yale University, hosts a Fall Policy Convention, Spring Forum and Youth Summit, publishes research and policy papers through its academic journal, The Review of European and Transatlantic Affairs (RETA), and organizes happy hours and networking events. 

EuH is open to anyone from any background, simply interested in analyzing and pushing the European project. Please find and like us at our page below: 

Website link: 

Facebook group page: 

Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society

The Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS) connects graduate students with international development practitioners from a range of backgrounds, including the public, private, multilateral, and non-profit sectors. GAPS hosts presentations, panels, workshops, and other events in order to facilitate conversations about issues, solutions, challenges, and career opportunities in the field of development.

GAPS has three major event series: 1) Conversations with Practitioners, a lecture series that brings leaders to campus to present topics and connect with students, 2) Lunch with Practitioners, a series where students have the opportunity to have intimate conversations with practitioners over lunch, and 3) Development Mini-Clinics, a series where practitioners and students address real-world problems head-on. 

This Fall we will also be planning a Security and Development forum where we will be looking at the role of conflict and security issues in the context of development. Issues to be explored include the role of government and multi-lateral organizations, the financing of conflict and terrorism, and key challenges in the security and development field.

Georgetown Collaborative Diplomacy Initiative

Georgetown Collaborative Diplomacy Initiative (GCDI) is a Georgetown University graduate student organization seeking to educate students about the diverse actors influencing contemporary diplomacy; to provide practical experiences to help acquaint students with practitioners in one or more of diplomacy’s many subfields; and to foster creative and collaborative solutions to complex diplomatic problems. 

GCDI therefore has a dual purpose: first, it will acquaint students with the  current diplomatic landscape, in which “non-traditional” or “alternative diplomacy” involving the private sector, academia, civil society, and cultural and religious institutions is used in concert with traditional, government-to-government diplomacy. Second, it will equip those students with the tools—the knowledge, networks, and experience —to alter the diplomatic landscape for the better.

Club activities will include hosting speakers and panel events with practitioners of collaborative diplomacy as well as site visits to organizations in the practice of collaborative diplomacy. The organization will also serve as a forum for students to discuss new and creative solutions for conflict resolution in places where traditional (government to government) diplomacy has stalled or failed. Graduate students of all disciplines are most welcome as members; those not studying diplomacy bring unique perspectives that will help the group think creatively.

Georgetown Political Risk Group

The Georgetown Political Risk Group was established to provide educational and networking opportunities for students interested in the political risk field. It aims to bring together students, professionals and scholars who are either part of this sector or interested in starting a career in it. The organization’s activities include hosting speakers and professional panels, networking events, site visits and workshops related to political risk.

Hoya Circles

Hoya Circles is Georgetown University's first multicultural graduate student organization. Our mission is to support diversity in international affairs through panel discussions, networking opportunities, professional development, and discussion forums on diversity.

Georgetown FAST (Foreign Affairs, Science, and Technology)

The purpose of Georgetown FAST (Foreign Affairs, Science and Technology) is to increase student engagement on issues related to science and technology within the realm of international affairs. While not every graduate program is devoted primarily to the study of international affairs, members of this organization believe that continued advancements in science and technology require all graduate students to pursue their studies with the international applications of those studies in mind. The purpose of this organization is to increase the dialogue around science and technology issues, including ways in which those issues intersect and enhance other fields of study. The organizations seeks to realize this purpose through the inclusion of a diverse array of thinkers and practitioners. 

LatAm Council

LatAm Council is an SFS graduate student organization with the purpose of creating dialogue surrounding Latin America in the SFS community. It seeks to promote the discussion and better understanding of political, economic, and social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean through social and academic events.

Master of Science in Foreign Service Student Association

MSFS Reps is a group of students within the MSFS (Master of Science in Foreign Service) program elected by their peers to serve as representatives of the student body to the leadership team. In addition to organizing program-wide social activities, MSFS Reps also are responsible for addressing issues of concern or requests from the student body to the leadership team and identifying solutions in partnership with the leadership team to enhance the overall student experience.

MENA Forum

The MENA Forum serves to raise awareness about pressing issues in the Middle East and North Africa amongst the Georgetown University community, and to help foster graduate student engagement with faculty and policy professionals involved in these issues.

In the past, we have brought a number of high-level peakers, arab civil society leaders, and policy professionals to campus and hosted other events, such as the MENA Career Panel and Networking Reception.

Net Impact (SFS)

The SFS Graduate Chapter of Net Impact is a platform and resource hub for young leaders seeking opportunities to apply business management principles to their work in the public sector. Originally a network of business students and professionals who desired to add a social sector element to their work, Net Impact has grown into an interdisciplinary network bringing together business, design thinking, and start-up exercises to drive social and environmental change. At SFS, global engagement and social justice are attributes built into our academic DNA. Why not sharpen those skills and insights with business principles that may enhance the future work and change we aim to drive throughout meaningful careers. As the SFS Graduate Net Impact Chapter grows its membership, it wants to offer a trove of resources to students wishing to learn the nuts and bolts of the private sector’s role in foreign policy/development, identify the locus of activity around CSR in the greater DC metropolitan area and beyond, and identify networks of forward-thinking leaders who see tremendous value in adding a youthful voice to ongoing processes of social change. We look forward to welcoming you!


Professionals in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Affairs (PREEA) is a graduate student-run community with a mission to contribute to the understanding of political, economic, security, and cultural issues in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Through talks, happy hours, embassy visits, networking panels, frequently accompanied by the taste of regional cuisine, PREEA fosters intellectual discussion and puts the spotlight on this region among the Georgetown community

SFS Energy Club

The SFS Energy Club is a platform for SFS students to engage in discussions and debate on political, economic, environmental and other issues relating to energy. By hosting small- and large-scale events dealing with a wide array of energy issues, the SFS Energy Club seeks to generate deeper understanding among the Georgetown community regarding energy and environmental issues and how they relate to international affairs and political and business decision-making. The SFS Energy Club also aims to foster links with the professional energy community in Washington, D.C. and around the world.

SFS Europe Forum

Description coming soon...

SFS Graduate Student Council

The SFS Graduate Student Council consists of one representative from each cohort of the graduate degree programs of the School of Foreign Service. has three broad purposes. First, it provides graduate students a forum in which they can share ideas and concerns with the SFS Dean’s Office. Second, it provides graduate students an opportunity to develop and implement activities and events of common interest to all the graduate students in the SFS. Third, drawing upon the diversity and richness of our individual programs, the Council works to help forge a sense of common identity for the graduate students in the SFS.

SSP Council

The Security Studies Program Student Council plays an integral role in the planning and execution of student events, as well as providing a voice of the student body to the administration and faculty of SSP. Since its inception in the Fall of 2013, the SSP Student Council has played a critical role in establishing and maintaining an exceptional degree of camaraderie among the students, faculty and administration of the program.

SSP Student Council hosts various student events designed to enhance professional development, build a sense of community within SSP, and to connect SSP students to SSP faculty, professionals in the field, alumni, and the Georgetown Community at large. Some of these events include weekly happy hours, a bi-annual flag football game, professor spotlights, informal alumni networking events, Friendsgiving, a Spring Semester Boat Cruise, a Fall Semester Holiday Party, and interest group outings.

Student Council also spearheads a number of philanthropic events on campus.  Student Council hosts these events in partnership with Objective Zero, an alumni-led non-profit founded to combat veteran suicide. In a single semester, Georgetown SSP students raised over $2,500, making them one of Objective Zero’s top-tier “5-Star Supporters”.  You can find out more about Objective Zero on their webpage, linked here. Some of the philanthropy events SSP Student Council hosts or participates in include a Covert Affair Gala and Silent Auction, trivia nights, and fall food drives.