The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown.
The fight for social justice has been a foundational mission of my faith and family. In elementary and middle school, I enjoyed serving the community through my church’s ministry to the needy, Isaiah’s Room. As a young student, I was content simply slicing bread in the kitchen. Today, I continue to serve in Isaiah’s Room, but in a greater capacity. Now, I organize social events and laundry services for our friends in need. Working to provide more opportunities for the underserved has allowed my passion for service to bloom.
Although Isaiah’s Room provides some necessities, I have come to realize that these are really Band-Aid fixes. Meals, clothing, and laundry services will certainly help our friends in need, but it will not transform their lives entirely. I want to put an end to societal issues straight from their roots. Fostering change through service, as my church does, is truly impactful. However, being able to pair service with eradicating issues such as systemic poverty and educational inequality is even more powerful.
I’ve discovered that analytics, in the nonprofit sector for the evaluation of effectiveness in the delivery of direct services, are critical. I have spoken to the COO of the largest nonprofit in New York City, Robin Hood, as well as the CEO of the oldest community development corporation in the United States, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Both have stressed the need for significant analytical preparation as well as a global perspective. Georgetown McDonough uniquely provides these. A great example is the Global Business Experience course that will give me the opportunity to conduct a consulting project for an international nonprofit.
Equally, integrating my personal faith and service learning with academic discipline is my current life mission and one that is central to Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition. There is simply no other top business school I’ve found that fully embraces this goal. The Month of Volunteerism, service-based clubs and trips are great examples of this. These experiences will give me formal ways of living out my faith at Georgetown and developing into a “purposeful leader.”
I have discovered my great interest in hands-on learning experiences through working in my home city of New Rochelle and it’s why I also believe that the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service can be one of the most enriching and interesting aspects of my Georgetown experience. Because of programs such as the cross-school Social Action course and the HOME organization, the opportunities to pursue service based learning in the Washington D.C. community through Georgetown are endless. Washington D.C. and Georgetown provide an interdisciplinary connection between public policy and business. The Center for Business and Public Policy and the Center for Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy both will enhance my business education as I will be able to engage and learn about the way policy impacts nonprofits directly from those who create them.Published in