Baker Trust for Transformational Learning

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A Resource for Advancing Transformative Education and a New Learning Paradigm at Georgetown.

Drawing on our Jesuit ideals and traditions, and 21st century knowledge about learning, the Baker Trust supports Georgetown’s commitment to be an institution committed to values-based responses to the world’s greatest challenges

2020 Strategic Priorities

Cultivating Changemakers

Shaped by Ignatian principles, redefine ‘whole person education’ for the 21stC. Educate changemakers through the qualities that make us most human.

Re-bundling Educational Practices

Generate new educational practices by flexing time, space, costs and by applying the most effective capacities of emerging digital tools.

Addressing Existential Challenges

Reshape curricular and educational practices to dismantle systemic injustice: Racial Justice, Environmental Justice.

News: Baker Trust to fund a strategic initiative on Curriculum Transformation to Advance Racial Justice.

October 21, 2020 — Provost Robert Groves announced the launch of a new initiative, supported by the Baker Trust, that seeks to develop a sustained process to engage undergraduate and graduate faculty and programs in curricular revisions that promote ways of knowing, thinking, and responding to structural racism and systemic injustice.

The Baker Trust will fund support for coordination, implementation, and evaluation. There will be targeted, transformative funding in the form of unit-level grants for analysis, development, and implementation of transformative curricular revisions. The initiative will be coordinated through the Red House, where faculty/staff leadership will serve as conveners and architects of the cycles of support.

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Evolution of the Baker Trust

The Baker Trust for Transformational Learning is made possible through the generosity of Jon (C’ 62) and Pat Baker. In 2019, the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance became part of the Baker Trust for Transformational Learning, housed within the Red House. Directed by Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Randy Bass, the Baker Trust fosters educational innovation and university-wide collaboration across Georgetown University.  With an initial current use investment of $20 million to be spent over ten years to fuel the spread of pedagogical change across Georgetown University, the Baker Trust sits in the Office of the Provost and is part of the Red House, serving as a funding engine for strategic learning initiatives.

Baker Trust Investments 

In Fall 2019, the Red House launched a year-long pilot phase in which it began to invest Baker Trust funding into a portfolio of projects across campus that strategically advances the shared mission of the University, the Red House, and the Baker Trust.

A resource for curricular initiatives, the strategic investments of the Baker Trust power Georgetown’s ability to adapt to a changing paradigm for learning that is defined by transformative education. Baker Trust funding supports both school-based and cross-boundary initiatives that drive curricular innovation on all levels. From course level to curricular, the Baker Trust invests in projects in all phases of implementation, from exploratory design to prototypes and scaled pilots and ongoing evaluation in order to drive curricular change. 

Program Spotlight

Equitable, Human Capacities, Connected

An interdisciplinary platform where Georgetown University students develop and practice a diverse skill set in negotiation, mediation, and dialogue.

Human Capacities, Transformative

ETC supports faculty-led initiatives that enhance the core experience through emphasizing engagement, application, and integration.

Immersive, Experiential, Equitable

An immersive semester in a living and learning community, students stay on track for graduation and gain professional experience in the field of their choice.

For more information on the Baker Trust, write to redhouse@georgetown.edu