WHAT IS GWOW?
GWOW takes place over the first six weeks of the fall semester and involves large-scale programming to welcome new students, returning students, faculty, and staff back to campus for the new academic year.
This transition period provides a valuable opportunity for the building of the Georgetown community by bringing together everyone on campus. It is a time to encourage student involvement, boost school spirit, and create life-long memories on the Hilltop. It integrates multicultural and international themes with the Jesuit ideals of community and diversity. It provides free or significantly reduced-priced activities and food for students, making meals and entertainment easily accessible while both new and returning students adjust to being back on campus.
GWOW invites everyone to embrace the new school year with energy and excitement. Despite the impending return to new academic challenges, we strive to remind our community of the importance of integrating fun into the Georgetown experience.
MISSION OF GWOW
Georgetown Weeks of Welcome (GWOW) aims to immerse new and returning students in the unique and multifaceted culture of Georgetown during the first six weeks of the academic year. Students will interact with Georgetown’s diverse student body and faculty by participating in co-curricular events that engage with a variety of on and off campus entities.
VISION OF GWOW
GWOW welcomes and transitions new and returning students to the Hilltop during the first six weeks of the academic year. Students are able to engage with Georgetown’s diverse student body and faculty through activities, programs and events that support their academic and personal development.
WHAT IS A WELCOME AMBASSADOR?
A Welcome Ambassador engages new and returning students with Georgetown during the transitional period at the start of the academic year. By joining one of the three inclusive GWOW committees - Planning & Logistics, Media & promotions, and Fundraising & Outreach - a Welcome Ambassador will gain valuable skills and experience while enriching the Georgetown community. We believe all students have a right to these co-curricular experiences. The formal application process is to get to know your student better to see which committee they should serve on. All students who apply will be selected for one of the three committees.
Welcome Back Jack BBQ
Our largest and most celebrated event, WBJ is a fun-filled afternoon of activities, student group performances, free food, giveaways, and thousands of people - not to mention the infamously elusive WBJ t-shirts. This event is sponsored by various campus offices.
Community Resource Expo
This expo is an opportunity for students to learn and utilize the readily available resources in the Georgetown community. In addition to being able to connect with multiple campus services, attendees can enter raffles for various prizes from vendors like Whole Foods and Coca-Cola.
Six Flags Trip
At a discounted price, students can enjoy a day at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD with transportation and entertainment provided by GWOW.
And Many More!
These above events are just a few of the many activities that make up Welcome Week. Stay tuned for more details regarding other student sponsored programs.
In 2017, GWOW will be held from Tuesday, August 29 through Saturday, October, 7th.
For a complete schedule of events, please check back in July!
2017 GWOW Coordinators
Aidan Fallon SFS '19
Ravisa Kalsi COL '20