Alumni take part in first University for Life Design Lab
An engaged group of Georgetown alumni attended the inaugural University for Life Design Lab on October 15, hosted by Alumni Career Services and the Office of the Provost. The workshop, which included a walk-through of the Red House and a workshop in the Alumni House, focused on how Georgetown alumni can maintain a valuable and meaningful relationship with their alma mater beyond graduation. The group of alumni were varied in age, geographic region and profession and all had expressed an interest in the Designing the Future(s) initiative.
The primary questions asked during the daylong event included what do alumni want from Georgetown and in what situations would alumni turn to the University for resources – for example, for life decisions such as elder care and accountable care. Participants examined the themes of career development and Georgetown’s Jesuit-based tradition of ethical soundness in efforts to brainstorm future plans for the University for Life program. These pilot ideas included alumni-exclusive advice message boards, online mentoring groups and in-person sessions with university officials. One of the proposed programs will be developed in the next few months within the University for Life project.
Discussions and brainstorming exercises were facilitated and led by Designing the Future(s) members, including Director of Education and Academic Affairs Catherine Armour, Senior Analyst for Strategic Initiatives (COL ’12) Ryan Fuchs and Director of Development Mid-Atlantic Brandi Durkac. The design lab was an exciting innovation and a chance for entrepreneurial alums to gather and share their insights on behalf of the University.ACS and the Office of the Provost will continue to engage with Georgetown alumni throughout the year by continuing alumni webinar series, which started October 7. Stay tuned to the Future(s) website for a schedule of upcoming webinars and links for registration.