Despite Dowd’s campaign, Georgetown’s Hindi program remains dormant
As his parting gift, former GUSA President Pat Dowd (SFS ’09) made it his personal mission to revive Georgetown’s Hindi language department, which was discontinued in 2008 due to budgetary constraints.
Towards the end of his term, Dowd formed fundraising committee with SFS Senior Development Director Tom Esch and Georgetown Law professor Michael Gadbaw, Dowd formed a committee to solicit funds for the program. Dowd estimated that it would cost $80,000 to pay one professor for one year and $2 million to endow a chair for the program.
Unfortunately, it looks like that money hasn’t been raised yet—or at least not in time for the upcoming school year.
In an e-mail, Georgetown’s Director of Media Relations Andy Pino writes:
The College has prioritized funding for those languages in which we offer majors and minors, especially those that have seen an increasing demand in recent years. My understanding is that there are no plans to offer courses in Hindi this coming semester, either through SFS or the College.
Dowd and Gadbaw did not respond to requests for comment; Esch referred us back to the Office of Communication.