Georgetown recently announced the launch of the Doyle Building Tolerance Initiative, a campus-wide initiative designed to promote intellectual engagement with the diversity of human experience. The Initiative, funded by a gift from alumnus William J. Doyle (’72), will be administered by CNDLS in partnership with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Georgetown College. Building on the curriculum infusion approach used in the successful Engelhard Project, CNDLS will work with a small group of Doyle Faculty Fellows from a variety of disciplines to integrate into their courses topics that engage difference and build empathy and open-mindedness. The fundamental goal of the Doyle Fellowships is to enable faculty to create inclusive pedagogies and diversified course content that will transform the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students in deep and varied ways.
In addition to the faculty fellowships, the Doyle Initiative will also sponsor lectures and workshops, host a Virtual Commons space where members of the Georgetown Community can discuss issues of tolerance and understanding, and extend three existing Berkley Center projects: the Undergraduate Fellows, the Junior Year Abroad Network, and the Undergraduate Learning and Interreligious Understanding study of student attitudes towards religious diversity.
Stay tuned for more updates on this innovative project.