Impact At Scale

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

Shilpa Rao

What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I will be going to Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in Rwanda for ten weeks this summer. I am excited to build connections with the students at the academy and promote women’s empowerment while learning about food security by working on the Gashora Farm. I am also looking forward to learning more about Rwandan history and culture.

What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
Social impact entails identifying a social problem and working with others to find tools to address it. Strong social impact requires the development of specific strategies to meet concrete goals. Social impact is most effective when individuals engage deeply with the communities they are working with.

How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
Through GU Impacts, I hope to expand my understanding of sustainability and mentorship and continue learning how to engage with difference. I also hope to learn how to better use my privileges as a Georgetown student to promote social change.

Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I decided to apply to GU Impacts to gain real-world experience in international development. Through coursework at Georgetown, I have had the opportunity to learn about development through a theoretical lens. Participating in GU Impacts would give me the opportunity to see how development operates on the ground through community-led efforts.

What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts is a unique program because of how holistically students are asked to pursue social impact work. GU Impacts pushes students to reflect critically on their positionality in the work that they do and immerse themselves completely in new communities.

What’s your favorite quote?
I don’t have a favorite quote.

What are you currently reading?
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

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