Patrick Healy Dinner 2023

January 14, 2023

7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown

About the Patrick Healy Dinner

Reverend Patrick Francis Healy became the president of Georgetown University in 1874. Born enslaved in 1834, he is considered to be the second founder of Georgetown. By racial classification standards, Patrick Healy, S.J., was the first Black man to earn a doctorate and the first to head a Jesuit university in the United States. In 1976, Georgetown University’s African-American alumni began honoring the legacy of this great man by establishing a dinner and scholarship in his name. The annual Patrick Healy Dinner was founded as an official university event in 1992 and was placed under the direction of the African-American Advisory board in 2002. Since then, the Patrick Healy Dinner and Scholarship have helped many Black students meet the financial burden of attending Georgetown.

Now a signature event under the Georgetown University Alumni Association Black Alumni Council, the annual Patrick Healy Dinner celebrates the achievements of Georgetown’s Black alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Proceeds from the dinner support the Patrick Healy Scholarship, which promotes diversity at Georgetown by providing assistance to students who have demonstrated financial need for scholarship aid.

About the Georgetown University Black Alumni Council

The Georgetown University Alumni Association Black Alumni Council (BAC) is the officially recognized affinity organization and shared interest group within the Georgetown University Alumni Association that supports and engages current and future generations of Black Georgetown alumni.

Since its launch in July 2022, the mission of the Georgetown University Black Alumni Council is to serve as the primary vehicle for the inclusion, engagement, and connectivity of Black alumni across the Georgetown University community; foster relations between Black alumni and Black students, faculty and staff; and to facilitate outreach from the university to the broader community.

2022 & 2023 Honorees

This year we will come together to celebrate these outstanding members of our community:

2022 Patrick Healy Scholarship recipient:
Nicolas Stewart (C’24)

2022 Distinguished Leader Award recipient:
Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Professor of History and African American Studies

2022 Samuel A. Halsey Jr. Award recipient:
Margaret Hayes Jordan (NHS’64), Healthcare Executive and Leader; Georgetown University’s first African-American nursing school graduate

2023 Patrick Healy Scholarship recipient:
Bilquisu Abdullah (C’25)

2023 Samuel A. Halsey Jr. Award recipient:
Kevin Warren (B’84), Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, UPS