Discovery Initiative

In 2006, President John J. DeGioia launched the Discovery Initiative to build a two-way dialogue between the university and its alumni, giving them an opportunity to share their perspectives and ideas, and begin shaping the future of the institution. To date, the Discovery Initiative has conducted over 13,000 interviews in 50 states and 41 countries. During these interviews, student and full-time ambassadors learn about your experience at Georgetown, your path after Georgetown, your opinions and perspectives on the university today and how Georgetown can play a meaningful role in your life now.

Meet the Ambassadors

Jordan BlackwellIsabella GattiSilvana GutierrezAidan McLeod

Jordan Blackwell (C'15) Isabella Gatti (C'17) Silvana Gutierrez (F'16) Aidan McLeod (C'16)

Student Ambassadors

Anthony Bernard-Sasges (F'18)

Anthony Bernard-Sasges (F'18)

Major: International Political Economy
Hometown: East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Activities/hobbies: Georgetown Club Ultimate Frisbee, exploring Washington D.C., snowboarding, learning new languages

Why you like being a student ambassador: I enjoy connecting with fellow Hoyas and hearing their stories. I'm privileged to be able to learn from their vast experiences at Georgetown and beyond.

Best thing about Georgetown: I love opportunities that are presented to me at Georgetown, both through academics and clubs, as well as through the great city of Washington, D.C.

What you hope to do after graduation: I hope to work for an NGO or another company that allows me to travel around the globe and help people for a living.


Clara Cecil (B'18)

Clara Cecil (B'18)

Major: Marketing and OPIM
Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Activities/hobbies: GIVES (Georgetown's Random Acts of Kindness Club), McDonough School of Business Academic Council, playing tennis and ping pong, exploring D.C., trying new restaurants

Why you like being a student ambassador: I enjoy hearing the entertaining stories of graduates' time at Georgetown, and I love to see the different paths that alumni take after leaving the Hilltop.

Best thing about Georgetown: Whether it is cheering for the Georgetown basketball team, eating food from the Farmers' Market with friends on Healy Lawn, or attending a lecture in Gaston Hall, the best part of attending Georgetown is being part of an incredible community of past and present Hoyas.

What you hope to do after graduation: I hope to utilize the skills gained from my education and experiences at Georgetown to make a positive impact in the world.


Emily DeMaio (NHS'17)

Emily DeMaio (NHS'17)

Major: Nursing with Pre-Med Concentration
Hometown: Woodstock, Georgia
Activities/hobbies: Georgetown Club Basketball, cheering on the Hoyas at the Verizon Center, traveling, trying new restaurants, exploring D.C.

Why you like being a student ambassador: I love meeting alumni and hearing their career paths and how their paths often differ greatly from the degree they received.

Best thing about Georgetown: The feeling you get while on campus—the sense of belonging to a family and working with your peers to become the best possible version of yourself to benefit others.

What you hope to do after graduation: I hope to be a Navy or Air Force nurse for three years and then either get my master's degree in nursing or go to medical school.


Serena Gleklen (C'18)

Serena Gleklen (C'18)

Major: Linguistics and German
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Activities/hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, spoken word poetry, copy editing for the Voice, GUSigns, anything Bruce Springsteen

Why you like being a student ambassador: Being a student ambassador also allows me to explore D.C. while meeting new people. I love getting an exclusive look into alumni's personal and unique Georgetown experiences.

Best thing about Georgetown: Not only is the school beautiful, but the people I've met are all incredible in their own ways. Georgetown creates a supportive and positive community in every aspect of student life.

What you hope to do after graduation: I hope to do some sort of linguistic research and get to travel to different countries while learning various languages and dialects in the process.


Olga Golovneva (F'18)

Olga Golovneva (F'18)

Major: Global Business
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Activities/hobbies: SFS Academic Council, Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP), GIVES, Rangila, traveling, embassy hopping, learning new languages

Why you like being a student ambassador: I enjoy having meaningful conversations with alumni and representing Georgetown in the best light possible. I especially enjoy meeting with alumni in my home state of Florida.

Best thing about Georgetown: Boundless opportunities for success! Georgetown has outstanding faculty that is at the forefront of academic and economic discourses in a city that has abundant opportunities in the fields of international relations and business.

What you hope to do after graduation: I hope to explore the world and become an entrepreneur!


Diana Goswami (C'18)

Diana Goswami (C'18)

Major: Economics and Government
Hometown: Sudbury, Massachusetts
Activities/hobbies: Photography, community service, running

Why you like being a student ambassador: What I enjoy most about being a Discovery Ambassador is the opportunity I have to meet Georgetown alumni whom I would not have otherwise met. Hearing about their various perspectives, experiences post-graduation, and views on the University today is fascinating. I also enjoy bridging a connection between the university and its alumni.

Best thing about Georgetown: The sense of community on the Hilltop

What you hope to do after graduation: After graduation, I hope to have a rewarding career in which I can utilize my skills in economics.


Matt LoPrete (F'17)

Matt LoPrete (F'17)

Major: International Politics with a Concentration in International Law, Institutions, and Ethics
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Activities/hobbies: Traveling, photography, Georgetown University College Republicans, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, Georgetown basketball games, One World Youth Project, following my favorite sports teams, reading Time and Sports Illustrated, basketball, soccer, sailing, piano

Why you like being a student ambassador: I love meeting interesting alumni and hearing their fascinating stories. It's nice to get feedback, and it's always satisfying to improve alumni connection with Georgetown.

Best thing about Georgetown: Students are incredibly passionate about who they are and what they pursue. Also, the School of Foreign Service is the ideal blend of liberal arts and preparation for a career in something that is both interesting and important.

What you hope to do after graduation: I would like to work with developing countries through an NGO or the State Department. 


Jeong Whan Park (F'17)

Jeong Whan Park (F'17)

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Activities/hobbies: Soccer, boxing, swimming, reading newspapers, finding new restaurants

Why you like being a student ambassador: I am blessed to be able to hear people's stories and their perspectives through this program. Everyone has a unique and intriguing story that I can learn something from.

Best thing about Georgetown: Being a Georgetown student means that I am blessed with 4 years to dedicate to improving myself. I want to be the best person I can be, intellectually, physically, mentally, and morally, during my time in Georgetown.

What you hope to do after graduation: I wish to work for the Korean government in the diplomatic area. I feel the most satisfaction when I work for the common good of people.


Lizzy Tse (F'17)

Lizzy Tse (F'17)

Major: Science, Technology and International Affairs
Hometown: Hong Kong
Activities/hobbies: Cycling, hiking, cooking, eating!, exploring museums, traveling

Why you like being a student ambassador: I get to meet alumni from all over the world, and it's always wonderful to hear them relieve their Georgetown stories and experiences!

Best thing about Georgetown: I am constantly encouraged by, and in awe of, the people around me. This campus has some incredibly talented, dedicated and enthusiastic people!

What you hope to do after graduation: Work in the intersection between technology and business—my major focuses on areas such as cybersecurity and disruptive technology. I'd love to bring my academic interests to a career here.


Isaac Warden (C'19)

Isaac Warden (C'19)

Major: Culture and Politics: Theme-Linguistics
Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia
Activities/hobbies: I love spending my time in the theater working in stage management or lights and taking part in cultural activities with my friends. At Georgetown I express this through participating in Mask and Bauble Theater Company, the Carroll Fellow Initiatives, the Georgetown Scholarship Program, linguistics research, and my Culture and Performance Living Learning Community. Otherwise, I enjoy to practice my Spanish and German or visit new places in D.C.

Why you like being a student ambassador: I really enjoy interacting with Alumni and hearing about their experiences, allowing me to see how Georgetown has changed so much and yet so little since their time on the Hilltop. Additionally, Alumni tend to freely give amazing advice and be great conversationalist, which can always make any day just a little better.

Best thing about Georgetown: I deeply appreciate Georgetown's commitment to "cura personalis" through values like Contemplation in Action. I find this present in my own life in the deep dialogues that I can have in class or late at night with friends that assist me finding meaning in my intellectual and academic journey.

What you hope to do after graduation: After graduation, I would be most interested in going to graduate school to get my MA in International Relations or Public Policy. Otherwise, I would love to work as a public servant in one of the various "Departments" or in a private company that cares about development.


Discovery Participants in the News

Allison Gilbert (C'92)

Allison Gilbert (C'92)

Author, Speaker, Journalist, CNN

Nina Martinez (C'05)

Nina Martinez (C'05)

Public Health Analyst

Snapshots and Findings

Contact Information

Murphy Kate Delaney (C'13, MBA'19)
Director, Discovery Initiative
mkd43@georgetown.edu
202-687-0437