Who We Are
Georgetown Bipartisan Coalition is dedicated to promoting healthy and respectful political discourse on campus and throughout the city of D.C. For too long our country’s political system has been plagued by gridlock and a fundamental lack of respect for one’s political opponents. It is important realize that we are all Americans, and that our diverse opinions and backgrounds are what make the United States great. We strongly believe in the power of communication and debate, and we hope to foster a spirit of mutual-cooperation across the aisle.
GBC hosts a variety of events throughout the year to bring people of diverse political backgrounds together to discuss the policy issues that matter most to our country. From structured roundtables on topical issues with the Georgetown Democrats and the Georgetown Republicans, to casual dinner discussions with our members, to field trips into DC, we have something for everyone. Through these events and our mission, we hope to create a space of civil dialogue for students to feel safe to share their perspectives and opinions. We also strive to bring the Georgetown community together, making steps to mitigate the increasing polarization in our political system and to create a mutual respect for one another.
Spring 2021 Event Highlights:
4/28: Biden Joint Session Address Watch Party: GBC hosted a watch party of Biden’s joint address to both bodies of Congress, and discussed various key points of interest following the speech.
4/13: GUCD vs GUCR Freshman Debate: GBC wrote the questions and moderated the lively first-year debate between College Democrats and College Republicans
4/12: Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Roundtable: GBC hosted a roundtable on Biden’s infrastructure proposal – if it was too big, not big enough, and if everything in it could be classified as “infrastructure”
3/10: Speaker Event: Executive Director of the National Governors Association, Bill McBride: GBC hosted the Executive Director of the NGA to talk to us about how governors had been coordinating with each other and the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic, their work on vaccine rollouts, and what new priorities governors across the country will want to focus on after the pandemic is under control.
3/6: Minimum Wage Roundtable: GBC hosted a discussion on whether the federal government should determine the minimum wage or whether companies should incentivize their competitors to raise the minimum wage. We also discussed the Senate parliamentarian’s decision to cut the minimum wage provision from the Relief Act.
2/22: Texas Power Outages Roundtable: GBC hosted a roundtable discussing the infrastructure failings in Texas after the winter storm knocked out power for many Texas residents.
2/15: Regulating Big Tech Roundtable: GBC hosted a roundtable discussing social media censorship, breaking up Amazon and Google, the Robinhood/Gamestop situation, and more.
Fall 2020 Event Highlights:
11/17: World Health Organization Roundtable: GBC hosted a roundtable on the WHO: its response to the pandemic, the US’s decision to withdraw, and more. We heard from Professor Alexandra Phelan who had extensive experience with the WHO and gave us an extremely valuable perspective.
10/22: A Conversation with Ambassador M. Osman Siddique: GBC cohosted a speaker event with the Georgetown Muslim Students Association inviting retired Ambassador M. Osman Siddique. We heard about his background and career as the first Muslim American Ambassador.
10/14: Detention and Incarceration in the Age of COVID-19: GBC cohosted a speaker event with the Georgetown ACLU about the immense challenges and injustices facing incarcerated individuals in the USA during the pandemic.
10/5: COVID-19 Economic Stimulus: GBC hosted a Roundtable discussing the CARES Act, Unemployment, and future stimulus plans
9/24: Fall Upperclassmen Debate: GBC moderated a lively discussion between representatives from the Georgetown College Republicans and the Georgetown College Democrats
9/2: GBC welcome meeting
Spring 2020 Event Highlights:
5/28: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV): Diverse Leadership Why it Matters. Sen. Cortez Masto, the first Latina ever elected to the US Senate, and the first female from Nevada, shared her perspective on the fight to combat issues that disproportionately affect communities of color.
4/28: Mitt Romney: American Leadership During Crisis (cohosted with GUPolitics) – in a virtual speaker events, Senator Mitt Romney spoke to Georgetown students about his perspective on the COVID crisis. He even answered a question about bipartisanship from our board members.
3/31: Pete Buttigieg: Reflections on Running (cohosted with GUPolitics) – in a virtual speaker event, Georgetown students heard from former Democratic nomination candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He spoke on the COVID-19 crisis and his perspective on the divisiveness of politics today.
3/3: Super Tuesday Watch Party (cohosted with GUPolitics) – interested Georgetown students watched the live results from the Democratic Primary on Super Tuesday roll in from the HFSC.
2/21: National Portrait Gallery Field Trip – General members were invited to travel with GBC board members to the National Portrait Gallery (to see the Presidential portraits, among other works).
1/31, 2/21: Dinner Series – groups of around 7-10 GBC general members meet to have a home-cooked meal and casually discuss their political views.
2/7, 2/19: Democratic Debate Watch Party (cohosted with GUPolitics) – interested Georgetown students watched the Democratic Primary debates live from the HFSC.
2/12: Governor Mark Sanford event (cohosted with GUPolitics) – Republican Governor Mark Sanford spoke to Georgetown students, including discussion on bipartisanship in today’s politics.
2/5: Executive Power Roundtable – GBC hosted a civil discussion on the role of the Executive in modern politics, with a fact sheet that represented perspectives from both ends of the political spectrum.
2/4: State of the Union Address Watch Party – interested Georgetown students watched President Trump’s SOTU live.