Advocacy: The Advocacy Department works to influence public opinion in both the Georgetown community and on a national level. Team members lead initiatives such as letter-writing campaigns, lobbying trips, and petitioning. Specific issue areas the Advocacy Department has worked on include environmental issues, civil rights, LGBTQ equality, immigration, labor rights, and foreign policy.
Membership: The Membership Department provides professional and social opportunities for current members, recruits new members, and works to enhance club presence in the campus community. The department organizes networking events, internship panels, and career fairs that connect members to progressive organizations in D.C., and plans activities such as the Fall and Spring Semi-Formals, the Date Auction, and field trips. Membership also oversees event documentation and campus outreach.
Speakers: The Speakers’ Department reaches out to Congressional and professional speakers associated with liberal causes and organizations in order to enhance the experiences of each of our members. In addition, members of the Department work to add to and maintain a database of possible speakers. In the past, the Speakers’ Department has hosted Senators Dick Durbin, Claire McCaskill and Tammy Baldwin, and Reps. Barney Frank, Rosa Delauro, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Jason Kander among other notable Congressional speakers.
Communications: The Communications Department facilitates events for GUCD by informing members about upcoming events. This includes creating flyers, running our Facebook and Twitter, and sending out weekly emails. Communications also has a research team which is active during debate preparation, helping with advocacy, and compiling information for roundtable discussion. Also in the Comms Department is The Progressive, our online publication, which features articles about progressive causes posted by members and the general Georgetown community. It provides analysis, opinion, news, and satire, offering a liberal perspective on current events.
Advancement/Alumni Relations: The Department of Advancement and Alumni Relations focuses on fundraising and connecting with our incredible network of GUCD alumni around the country and the world. Innovative fundraisers in recent years have included Sprinkles cupcakes, a date auction, and partnerships with the DC Federation of College Democrats for Pinkberry fundraisers. We maintain an updated alumni database that connects our members with esteemed individuals in a variety of places and fields, along with regular receptions to welcome our alumni back to campus. The department also connects members with internships for various congresspeople, campaigns, and other politically relevant organizations.
Treasury: The Treasury Department, although small in numbers, plays a large role in facilitating the daily operations of the College Democrats through its control of the budget and club finances. In addition to coordinating with various areas of the university administration, like the Student Activities Commission, to finance the club, Treasury oversees internal fundraising for the club’s formal dances, campaign trips, and other social events.
Campaigning: The Department of Campaigning works to bring College Dems outside Georgetown University and into local, state, and national communities. The department partners with Democratic candidates from around the United States for phone-banking and canvassing events, sometimes held in cooperation with other D.C. area colleges. Additionally, the department provides members with unique opportunities to partner with grassroots volunteer organizations.