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From 2016 to 2020, Georgetown participated as a founding U.N. HeForShe University Impact Champion. Georgetown students, faculty, and staff stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible, and united force for gender equality. HeForShe is a United Nations campaign run by U.N. Women, an international organization that advocates for gender equality. 


As a founding University Impact Champion, Georgetown University has made three commitments in support of the HeForShe mission:

  • Work with UN Women to advance the role of women globally through the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The institute seeks to strengthen the implementation of UNSCR 1325 through evidence-based research and analysis. 

  • Strengthen Georgetown’s commitment to a respectful, safe campus for all community members. Georgetown has engaged deeply in these issues for many years - from being one of the nation's first institutions to hire a full-time sexual assault coordinator in 1997 to the establishment of Georgetown's Sexual Assault Working Group more than a decade ago. 

  • Use the Georgetown Women's Alliance to create a culture where women thrive. The alliance is a university-wide platform that serves to collect, disseminate, and work to implement innovative research on women in leadership; share best practices to develop a supportive environment for all community members; and host events that provide inclusive opportunities for open dialogue. 

A Conversation on UN Women’s Global Priorities with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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President DeGioia talks with other panelists at the September 2018 HeForShe Summit.

University Efforts to Address Sexual Misconduct, Gender Equality Presented at U.N. HeForShe Summit

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia joined heads of state, CEOs, and other university presidents from around the world at the HeForShe Summit Sept. 26, 2018 during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, where they explored emerging solutions in the fight for global gender equality.

Georgetown Collaborators

HoyasForShe Student Fellowship

Grid of students holding up #HoyasForShe pledge signs

Student Fellowship Program

As part of UN Women’s HeForShe campaign on Georgetown’s campus, the HoyasForShe Student Fellowship was a yearlong opportunity for students to support Georgetown offices that promote gender equity. The fellowship was inclusive of all gender identities and part of a wider university effort to make Georgetown a fully inclusive community. From spring 2018 to spring 2020, 16 HoyasForShe Fellows were placed at various university offices and programs that embody Georgetown’s commitment to the principle of gender equity.


HoyasForShe Fellows

Meet the fellows.

Campus Collaborators

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Fellowship Highlights

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Grace Shevchenko

I led five undergraduate students to Capitol Hill as part of my HoyasForShe Fellowship with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. We spent the day lobbying with the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally. We accompanied non governmental organizations such as CARE and Amnesty International to bring attention to the issue of gender-based violence in the onset of emergency settings to U.S. congressional staff members and legislators. After a total of 26 meetings throughout the day, three legislators have signed on to cosponsor the Safe From the Start Act (HR4092). This advocacy project demonstrates how uniquely situated Georgetown students are to make big impacts due to our location and passion. 

Grace Shevchenko (SFS'22)

Katie O'Hara

One of the reasons I applied for the HoyasForShe program was because of the HeForShe motto of including men in the fight for gender equality. During the fall semester 2018, I worked with the Georgetown Women’s Alliance. As part of my fellowship, I sent out the biweekly email on campus events and made sure to use inclusive vocabulary to welcome people of all gender identities to the conversation. Fellowship programs like Georgetown’s HoyasForShe program inspire both undergraduate and graduate students to engage with issues of gender inequality beyond the Georgetown’s campus.

Katie O’Hara (G’19)

Natalie Gomez

As a HoyasForShe fellow, I specifically applied for the Gender+ Justice Initiative (G+JI) because its mission most closely aligned with my own personal interests. During my first three years at Georgetown, I had done work in education, immigration, and in labor rights, but I had yet to work in furthering gender equity, which is something I am really passionate about. When people ask me what the best part about Georgetown is, I always answer “the people.” My time at the G+JI through HoyasForShe has been another part of my Georgetown experience that contributes to that sentiment.  I will leave Georgetown knowing that I did my best to embody the Jesuit values of being a Hoya for others.  

Natalie Gomez (C’20)

Cherrish Wilson

I am a female Afro-Caribbean student. In today’s society, the stigma of being a minority, whether female or a different ethnicity, has hindered many potentially great opportunities for individuals in their careers and/or personal life. Therefore, I applied for the HoyasForShe Fellowship at the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA)Being a graduate student in the Global Hospitality Leadership program, I knew I had a lot more to learn regarding diversity and inclusion in the hospitality industry. Since my fellowship, I have learned a lot about the HeForShe Champions and how these leaders take action for gender equality in their countries and organizations.

Cherrish Wilson (G’20)

Female Georgetown students sit on the grass with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background

HoyasForShe Student Project Highlight

Rebecca Hinkhouse (SFS’19) organized a series of meetings on Capitol Hill for Georgetown students to champion the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Act, which promotes the inclusion of women at every stage of international conflict management.

Ongoing Activities

Although Georgetown participation as a founding University Impact Champion ended in 2020, Georgetown continues to bring together students, faculty, and staff to advance gender equality on campus and to foster an inclusive community.