Offered a job at Georgetown University, gay friendly?

  • tbone25

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    Apr 01, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    I'm considering working at Georgetown University. I know they have student groups for LGBT students but is it gay friendly to work there? Are there GU employees out there? I know this is a stretch but I'm not sure how else i might learn.
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    Apr 01, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    Every place is gay-friendly once you kick a fag-basher's ass.
  • NYCAthlete

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    Apr 01, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    Georgetown is a Jesuit university. It used to be funded by the catholic church, but the church actually revoked its funding because it's policies were too liberal; that has always been the split between the catholic church and the jesuits, since they were the intellectual thinkers of the church. I was a student there and I know that there are many Jesuits and professors there that are supportive of LGBT students and their causes. I can't attest to the work environment, but I have many friends who were out while at school there (I was not out) and had a positive experience.

    If you are questioning how accepting they are, simply ask them. I think it's an important question for LGBT to ask in an interview. And, frankly, by bringing up the topic it lets them know you're gay so they know who you are when they hire you.

    I do believe that Georgetown was against Obama's mandate for insurers to provide free birth control to women. I know that's a separate topic, but it goes to show that the university does have conservative values.
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    Apr 01, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    dude, it's in washington, dc.
    I think you'll be fine.

    Besides, higher education tends to be friendly toward gays in general. I dont think anyone will care to be honest.....
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    Apr 02, 2012 2:19 AM GMT
    ^ this.

    DC is an awesome town, and it has a pretty sizeable gay population.
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    Apr 02, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    I'm a graduate and have had gay friends who worked for the University. They loved working there though I don't know if they were out at work or not. They were, however, very loyal to the school and enjoyed working there.

    Also, DC is a great city...not too big, not too small. There's a lot going on.
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    Apr 02, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    So, there's actually people whose lives revolve around their sexual orientation?

    Don't want to be mean, but...
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    Apr 02, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    I don't think it's gay UN-friendly, though I don't know how friendly it is either. I've known a few people that have gone there and nothing negative was ever said.

    It's in DC and I love DC.

    Good luck in your decision and congrats on the job offer!
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    Apr 02, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    joevbanana saidSo, there's actually people whose lives revolve around their sexual orientation?

    Don't want to be mean, but...


    To be honest, I was thinking the same thing. I've worked at four universities and at not point has my decision to work at any of these been based on anything remotely linked to my sexual orientation.

    If it's important to you, maybe look on their HR website and see if they have a GLBT group for their staff (my current employer does).

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    Apr 02, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    tbone25 saidI'm considering working at Georgetown University. I know they have student groups for LGBT students but is it gay friendly to work there? Are there GU employees out there? I know this is a stretch but I'm not sure how else i might learn.


    I actually know some GU employee who are out and proud and work for the LGBTQ center, inbox me if you want their names and official email address. In fact, I am invited to the lavender graduation!? Didn't know what it was until a week ago when I received an invitation letter. lol I have yet to visit the center though, I know it's somewhere in the Leavey Center? lol
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    Apr 02, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    I'd work at Georgetown, now Notre Dame (my alma mater) is another story... It seems to be getting more and more conservative every year. Will not even allow the formation of a gay student group or gay/straight alliance.
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    Apr 02, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    Jesuit institutions are wonderful places to work. I worked at one - the University of San Francisco - and would completely recommend them to anyone. I saw sincere outreach on the part of the leadership and administration to genuinely welcome diversity of all kinds in our workplace. In the department I worked for, there were three openly gay guys, some racial diversity and also religious inclusion (the Dean was Jewish). But the institution wasn't at all dogmatic and if I wasn't 100 ft. from one of San Francisco's most beautiful churches, I wouldn't even have known that I worked for a faith based institution.

    If you can tolerate the humidity and scorching summers, why not take the job at Georgetown?