Impact At Scale

The Beeck Center engages global leaders to drive social change at scale.

Jan Menafee

What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
My location this summer is the Center for Civic Innovation in Atlanta, GA. I am incredibly excited to learn how Atlanta works and compares to other U.S. cities, as well as work in a collaborative space where government, business, and NGO perspectives meet to address local issues.
I’ve designed my curriculum around civic innovation and know that this position with CCI through GU Impacts is the perfect fit. This summer, I not only look forward to taking the opportunity to confirm/deepen my interests, but also helping create value for the people of Atlanta.

What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
Social impact is something that I strive for in everything I do, and I have come to understand how hard it is to accomplish. Addressing a social issue often means addressing several deeper issues at once, whether that be weak infrastructure, discriminatory policy, low financial investment, or historical precedent. While I study and work to identify root causes of social strife in the present, I have also learned that social good is something to be intentional about when designing every space we are a part of.

How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
The programming and 10-week internship of GU Impacts has provided me with a great opportunity to thoughtfully test old assumptions and try new things. While in Atlanta, I hope to grow in perspective and in discipline, as I intend to consistently document my research and reflection.

Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I decided to come to Georgetown after attending Sonal Shah’s Social Impact at Scale seminar during re-visit weekend two years ago, and was dying to get involved with the Beeck Center. After starting as a freshman, I was so grateful for the Center’s programming and newsletters because they spoke to my interests more than anything else on campus. Additionally, some of my friends raved about GU Impacts, so I applied enthusiastically as it felt like a great fit and through an organization that I believed in.

What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts does an excellent job of guiding its Fellows through the complex intersectionality of pressing global issues through experience-based learning, while also grounding them in a Jesuit ethic of humility and reflection.

What’s your favorite quote?
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

What are you currently reading?
I read several books at once, and right now I am reading Leonardo Da Vinci by Isaacson, Invisible Man by Ellison, and Thinking in Systems by Meadows

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