January 2020
Students Strengthen Voting Culture on Campus
For many students across America, the biggest barrier to voting is registering to vote. GU Votes , part of the McCourt School’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, has a clear goal to make voting easy and accessible for students. Due in part to their civic engagement strategies, the voter turnout among eligible Georgetown students increased by an impressive 143% in the past few years.
Using Data to Improve Housing Inspections in DC
DC’s housing inspection process will be improved, thanks to a group of McCourt School students who designed new algorithms for the city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). MS-DSPP students in Professor NaLette Brodnax’s class worked with the DCRA and Georgetown University’s Office of Community Engagement to identify trends and develop data-driven solutions to DC’s current housing inspection strategy.
Combating Hunger and Homelessness in DC
McCourt’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s (CPNL) certificate program equips nonprofit leaders with the strategies, resources, and tools to fulfill their missions, advocate for systems change, and demonstrate measurable impact. Three graduates of the program, Adam Rocap, Cheryl Bell, and Lara Pukatch, are using the skills they learned to help DC-based organization, Miriam’s Kitchen, end chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia.
Addressing Long-Term Care in the US
For most catastrophic or unpredictable events, some type of insurance, whether public or private, helps most Americans manage the circumstance without overwhelming them financially. However, that is not the case for long-term care in the United States. McCourt School professor and nationally-recognized leader in long-term care policy, Judy Feder , is utilizing an evidence-based approach to promote positive policy change at the federal level.