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Cornerstone Initiative

General Info

Cornerstone is designed to assist new students in their transition to Georgetown by providing opportunities for extended mentoring and small-group connection with peer leaders and other new students. Through Cornerstone, new students are assigned in small groups (8-10 students per group) to a peer mentor. Groups meet weekly for 75 minutes during which they share a meal and participate in an open-ended conversation, facilitated by the peer leader, highlighting a topic related to college adjustment.  Cornerstone begins mid-semester and is designed to last for eight weeks.

Cornerstone is open to any interested students in their first semester at Georgetown - no application or interview required.  Cornerstone creates a space of reflection, goal-setting, and open conversation about the Georgetown experience and how students can find their footing moving forward.  Whether it's to make new friends, talk about goals for getting involved, or to connect with a peer mentor, Cornerstone can serve as a launch point for new students looking to take the next step forward in navigating Georgetown. 

Each meet-up will include time for open-ended discussion about topics that the students are interested in talking about, as well as a facilitated conversation about a topic related to college transition.  Dinner discussion topics may include topics such as goal-setting, relationships and friendships, campus involvement, family, technology, and finding your place.  

Cornerstone is supervised by the office of Orientation, Transition, and Family Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs. 

Statement of Purpose

The Cornerstone Initiative is a series of weekly discussion groups that provide a space for first-year students to develop the tools to effectively transition to college life. Led by a trained peer mentor, each group will work together to build a community, make meaning out of their experiences and, through reflection and discussion, lay a foundation for their future on the Hilltop.


Students will be able to sign up for Cornerstone from August 25, 2019 through September 20, 2019.  Once sign-ups are complete, students will be assigned to a peer mentor and their respective small group based on meet-up time availability.  Students will meet at the same time each week for eight weeks and share a meal provided by Cornerstone, while participating in a conversation on various topics related to college life and transition.  Peer mentors will be there to ask guiding questions, facilitate conversation, supportively listen, and encourage student goal-setting and exploration.