Newsweek ranks Georgetown among the nation’s most diverse and LGBTQ-friendly schools

Earlier this week, Newsweek named Georgetown as the 23rd-most diverse and 24th-most LGBT-friendly school in the country, despite last year’s slew of bias-related incidents against LGBTQ students and allies.

The University of Pennsylvania topped both lists.

To compile the rankings, Newsweek used statistics based on ethnicity, geographic diversity, economic background, gender, and sexual orientation. (The magazine also relied on lists of LGBTQ-friendly campuses published by The Advocate and InsideCollege.com.)

The magazine’s annual list of top colleges also placed Georgetown as one of the nation’s most desirable urban schools, a “school for brainiacs,” and a top “power-broker” college.

h/t GW Hatchet

12 Comments on “Newsweek ranks Georgetown among the nation’s most diverse and LGBTQ-friendly schools

  1. As a straight white male, I plan to protest this ranking as loudly and obnoxiously as possible.

  2. And yet, Georgetown, which self-identifies as a “Catholic, Jesuit” institution (as opposed to a ‘diverse’ or ‘LGBTQ’ institution), does not make any similar rankings with respect to Catholicity…

  3. d, what’s your point? AU self-identifies as a Methodist-affiliated institution, yet doesn’t seem to have a problem with treating its LGBTQ members as human beings.

  4. Apparently neither does Georgetown. If you look at the article, we’re actually one of the best at it.

  5. Ah but Georgetown is not merely an ‘affiliated’ institution. It’s essence is Catholic and Jesuit. Apparently though, that essence, that critical identity, seems to take a back seat at times to other, more convenient, popular, and politically trends. As for your non-sequitor, I’m not aware that anyone here is arguing for treating any member of the community as if they were not human beings.

  6. d, Diandra? Can I call you Diandra? Yes, let’s. Diandra, Georgetown’s “essence” as you call it is the taste of a strong nightcap on an Autumn night after a hard study deep in the Lauinger stacks, with maybe a bit of hanky-panky in the graduate corrals between chapters. For all I care, the hanky-panky could be between two guys, a Catholic and an (dare I say it!) Episcopalian or Jew; who knows, maybe even earth-shattering Atheist sex in our hallowed halls beneath our very noses. Alternatively, these days the Catholic essence seems to be a papal poke from behind; a gay old time really. So what’s the problem? And what is a “politically trend.” Is it a fashion statement, like “Noam Chomsky is so radically chic”, and “Jon Favreau is so politically trend”? Georgetown, Diandra, should retain those elements of Catholicism that are conducive to an open research university that values tolerance and acceptance of its community over the reactive strictures of a pontificating octagenarian in Rome. What you’d call a cafeteria Catholic, or better yet, High Church Anglican approach toward religion, I’d call the enlightened, informed Catholicism of Georgetown University.

  7. “Apparently though, that essence, that critical identity, seems to take a back seat at times to other, more convenient, popular, and politically trends.”

    No. That essence, that critical identity, just takes a back seat to conservative’s ignorance, hate, fear-mongering, intolerance, and irrationality.

  8. Still scratching my head as to who ‘diandra’ is… for all of your calls for enlightenment and being ‘informed’, it is unfortunate that you’ve just got fit in your anti-Catholic bigotry somewhere.

    Perhaps if Georgetown were to take your advice and ‘those elements of Catholicism that are conducive to an open research university that values tolerance and acceptance of its community’ then it should just drop the whole ‘Catholic’ bit altogether and perhaps take another page from your enlightened, informed playbook and identify itself as a ‘High Church Anglican’ University.
    However, if Georgetown chooses to retain its Catholic identity, i.e. continue to be an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church then she retains her Catholicity in its fullness, including the obligation to adhere faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium (debating the merits of such teachings is a different debate entirely). There is no such thing as a ‘Catholic university that is only Catholic insofar as it advances the school’s ability to be a open, tolerant, accepting research university.’

    As for Tim, I don’t recall mentioning conservatism, though I find your tossing around of the terms ‘ignorance, hate, intolerance etc’ to be quite impressive.

  9. Dear D (Editor of the Georgetown Academy?),

    How on earth does Georgetown’s diversity challenge its Catholic identity? I’m disturbed by the assumption that welcoming LGBTQ students somehow constitutes an attack on Georgetown’s Catholic identity. And tell me, how should we rank “Catholicity”? By the numbers of self-identifying catholics on campus? By the lack of dissent or non-Catholics? Hopefully your idea of a quintessential Catholic university isn’t CUA.

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