Mission of the Georgetown Community Partnership
It was “one of the great moments for Georgetown,” says Jack DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, when the neighborhood and university finally agreed to have a continuous discussion on matters of main campus growth and activity and community relations.
The point person for the university is Lauralyn Lee, Associate Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, who has worked in that position for 18 months and at the university since 2002. She lives in the District with her husband and two daughters.
Any new efforts involve “multi-year, long-range planning” and a sustainable commitment, Lee said. Here’s how the university explains it:
The Georgetown Community Partnership is the forum created as part of Georgetown University’s 2010 Campus Plan to facilitate discussion, information sharing and consensus-based decision-making to support a high quality of life in our community and the university’s long-term planning.
– Created in July 2012 with a shared vision for responsible long-term planning in partnership with the city and the community;
– Led by a steering committee composed of neighbors, senior university administrators, and students;
– Five working groups focus on shared priorities: safety and student life; transportation and parking; environment and landlords; communications and engagement; and data and metrics;
– Provides mechanism for shared contributions and responsibility on issues of common concern (participants include community members from Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall, university administrators, students and faculty);
– Enhances collaboration and communication between the university and the community. Among the new efforts is the Office of Neighborhood Life – 202–687–8413.