“Similar to the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown Law, which was formed as the result of law students’ commitment to human rights, a center specifically focused on promoting a culture of awareness of people’s abilities will institutionalize Georgetown’s support of disability rights. Recognizing the needs of all of its students,faculty, staff, and neighbors is crucial to developing the most inclusive community possible, a goal that Georgetown has and should put as a leading priority. The first step to understanding and encouraging responsible action is raising awareness; this center will undoubtedly assist in providing a forum to do just that. As a community, we must realize and appreciate that it is the similarity in our differences that binds us together and the diversity of our differences that makes us beautiful.”
Caitlin Cocilova (LAW 2015) is Co-President of Georgetown Human Rights Action-Amnesty International and Board Member of the Equal Justice Foundation. She is a Public Interest Fellow and currently law clerk at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Caitlin is also Staff Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.
Image: A young brown-skinned woman with shoulder length tightly curled dark brown hair, wearing a brown top, smiling inside a hallway as she holds a large sign with colorful hand-drawn letters that say, “Disability Justice for Georgetown!”