Latest News & Insights

Check this page for the latest Baker Center news, reflection pieces, event roundups, and other updates.

Student Reflection: A Year at the Baker Center

April 23, 2019: In this post, graduating senior Sarah Mathys reflects on her time as an undergraduate assistant at the Baker Center. Touching on past Baker Center events, from #HoyasAndHighlanders to Dan Shapiro’s negotiation clinic, Sarah shares valuable lessons that she will take from her time at the Center and reflects on how they might be applied to the international development sector.



Baker Roundup – March 2019

April 3, 2019: In the month of March, the Baker Center held intimate dinner discussions, workshops with challenging simulations, and co-hosted the finale of a multidisciplinary policy competition designed around local policy issues.




Policy Challenge Finalist Spotlight: R2DC

March 22, 2019: One of the finalists for the Policy Challenge is R2DC, Andrew Debraggio (MPP-EP ’20), Leanna Diggs (MPP ’19), and Nathan Legg’s (MPP-EP ’20) proposal to assist formerly incarcerated DC residents reenter society.






Policy Challenge Finalist Spotlight: FHAIR

March 21, 2019: One of the finalists for the Policy Challenge is FHAIR, Kellen MacBeth (MPM ’20) and Michael Pruitt’s (MPM ’20) proposal to solve the problem of rental discrimination in Arlington County.




Policy Challenge Finalist Spotlight: Rat0

March 20, 2019: One of the finalists for the Policy Challenge is Rat0, Fangwen Zhang (MPP ’19), Gaoqi Zhang (MPP ’20), Shanlin Huang (MPP ’19), Shiying Wang (MPP ’20), and Ruilian Xie’s (MPP ’19) proposal to fight Washington D.C.’s rat infestation.



Policy Challenge Finalist Spotlight: Banana Snap

March 19, 2019: One of the finalists for the Policy Challenge is Banana Snap, Eric Chu, Margret Chu, Parker Essick, and Olawunmi Ola-Busari’s proposal to address food deserts in D.C. and its negative externalities.




Policy Challenge Finalist Spotlight: Breathe Easy

March 18, 2019: One of the finalists for the Policy Challenge is Breathe Easy, Emilia Calma (MPP ’20) and Lina Stolyar’s (MPP ’20) proposal to address the high, disparate incidences of asthma across Washington D.C., especially in Wards 7 and 8.



Baker Roundup – January & February 2019
March 14, 2019: Throughout January and February, the Baker Center organized programming including a mediation pilot, a 4 week course on systems leadership, and a dinner with the Senate Intelligence Committee General Counsel.



Baker Trust for Transformational Learning
February 13, 2019: We are thrilled to announce the creation of the Baker Trust for Transformational Learning, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Patricia and Jon Baker (C’64)! Learn how the Baker Trust aspires to create a new paradigm of learning at Georgetown and will enhance our existing programs.



Baker Roundup – November 2018
December 8, 2018: In November, the Baker Center held numerous events on negotiation and conflict resolution and leadership, including a negotiation strategies workshop for undergraduate students and an all-day clinic featuring a Harvard negotiation expert.



Student Reflection: Resolving Conflict with Dan Shapiro
December 7, 2018: Jude Massaad (MA ’19) wrote a recap and reflection about our recent GBNN clinic with Professor Dan Shapiro on emotional intelligence in conflict and negotiation.




Student Reflection: Kitchen Table
November 19, 2018: Courtney Powers (MBA ’20) penned a reflection after attending our Kitchen Table dinner with Tara McGuinness and Natalie Quillian.




Baker Roundup – October 2018
November 9, 2018: In October, The Baker Center released the findings of a national poll surveying Americans’ level of satisfaction with democracy, and organized and co-sponsored events that further developed students’ capacities to hold different perspectives on critical issues.




2018 American Institutional Confidence Poll
October 29, 2018: Our 2018 American Institutional Confidence Poll measured Americans’ level of satisfaction with democracy and confidence in major institutions.



The Feedback Movement
October 23, 2018: Our Program Manager Kayla Auletto reflected on her time at the Feedback Summit.





Student Reflection: How Might We…?
October 9, 2018: McCourt student Rachel Leeds penned a reflection on our Policy Innovation Workshop.




Baker Roundup – September 2018
October 2, 2018: The Baker Center kicked off the school year during the month of September with three interactive, diverse events oriented towards our mission to develop students’ leadership capacities and ability to hold different perspectives on critical issues.



Baker Innovator Piloting First Election Observation Effort in U.S.
September 21, 2018: Baker Innovator Ben Mindes founded Observe D.C., which will pilot the first nonpartisan election observation effort in the U.S. this fall.