Modest Means to Significant Support

As a person who grew up in a middle-class household in suburban Virginia, I continue to be amazed at some of the advantages that our wealthiest Georgetown undergraduates experience as normal.  Washington, D.C., is an expensive place to live for professionals, much less students who don't have much financial support from family.  This GU program, with a former student Christine Pfiel as associate director, provides more than just monetary support.  It recognizes there is a cultural background of wealth that can be difficult to navigate.  In my Introduction to Community Psychology class we talk about stereotypes and prejudices.  Race and gender discussions are important, but raising socioeconomic status consistently draws some of the most animated discussion. Some students report feeling like they have to "hide" their backgrounds or "out" themselves as someone who violates the assumptions of privilege that many students share.  

Georgetown U. Builds a Student-Support System to Substitute for Privilege