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Georgetown University Diversity Action Council | Membership Opportunities


So, you signed up to be a “member” of the Diversity Action Council . . . but what exactly does that mean? Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of the experience and accommodate your schedule. Pick and choose the participation options that make the most sense for you.

  • Read our emails. The Diversity Action Council sends a weekly email with a calendar of upcoming events sponsored by our council and other partner offices and organizations. Peruse the programs offered – pick one to attend that sparks your interest! Commitment level: low

  • Tell your colleagues and friends about the DAC. Share information about our events and programs, forward our emails, bring a friend to our meetings! The more you communicate the efforts of the DAC, the more we can share information about the critical issues of diversity that impact our campus community. Help spread the word! Commitment level: low

  • Browse the DAC website and contribute thoughts, comments, suggestions through our website “contact us” feature. The DAC website can be found at: Commitment level: low

  • Attend meetings. The Diversity Action Council hosts monthly general member meetings to bring together people from all facets of campus to share ideas, participate in discussions, and learn more about faculty, student, and staff efforts to explore topics related to diversity. As a first step in your membership, attend one of these meetings. Commitment level: low to medium

  • Attend a DAC One Book discussion, or other sponsored program. Each year, the DAC selects a book and encourages campus community members to read and discuss it throughout the year. The 2006-07 selection is Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, a look at the economic realities of the working class. Read the book and come to a discussion, or volunteer to lead a discussion on your own and the DAC will help publicize it! Commitment level: medium

  • Join a committee. The DAC has four standing sub-committees: Advocacy, Assessment, Communications and Programming. Committees plan initiatives and programs, gather feedback, evaluate funding requests, conduct outreach, and host events. Active participation in the DAC usually starts at the committee level, so if you want to “do” something, pick a committee, connect with the committee chair, and attend a committee meeting – you may end up with some action items of your own! Commitment level: medium

  • Write something. DAC members can share their voices, concerns and thoughts beyond the scope of our regular meetings by writing an article or creative piece for our semester newsletter or website. Or, write an opinion on a current campus issue for one of the many campus publications like The Hoya, The Fire This Time, or the Georgetown Journal. Commitment level: medium

  • Decide where the money goes. The DAC Programming Committee receives many requests each semester for funding to support on-campus events, conference participation, and other diversity-related initiatives. DAC Programming Committee members must evaluate these requests and determine the best, most effective uses for funding. Help in this process by joining the Programming Committee and lending your voice to the decision making team. Commitment level: medium

  • Volunteer to help with a committee project. DAC committees often sponsor initiatives or projects that need support. Current initiatives include the Advocacy Committee’s longitudinal assessment project, the Communication Committee’s My Story project, and the Programming Committee’s film series. Contact committee chairs of each committee for more ideas. Commitment level: medium

  • Propose an initiative or an area for further exploration. We rely on DAC members to propose initiatives that raise awareness, offer learning opportunities, shed light on a subject or call attention to a problem. Often, the DAC learns about causes for concern from our members, so share your experiences, opinions and ideas for further inquiry. Suggest a presenter for that topic, brainstorm a program that meets a campus need, request funding, research a book to use for the One Book discussion – the possibilities are endless! Commitment level: medium to high

  • Co-chair a committee. Leaders are always needed to support the standing committees. Students, especially, are invited to become co-chairs! Committee chairs should organize and lead monthly committee meetings and support the efforts of committee members to initiate and promote projects. Committee chairpersons are members of the DAC Leadership Team, which meets monthly. Commitment level: high

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