The Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation website was created to share Georgetown University’s efforts to research and engage in its historical role in the institution of slavery.
The primary challenges for this website were as follows:
- A cohesive digital strategy that involved several departments in the University including the Office of the President.
- A design and platform that could evolve with the efforts.
- A four week timeline to achieve the above and to coincide with a major address that was to be given by the President.
I served as the Director of Project Strategy representing CNDLS and the Solutions Architect for the overall website. In these dual capacities, I provided strategic design and content guidance for the project. In addition to this, I helped develop a prototype to demonstrate my proposition to the team that included four units in the University — Central IT, Office of the President, Office of Communication and CNDLS. This website was featured on the New York Times. On the day of launch, the website was visited by approximately 20,000 users worldwide.
In addition to being a successful digital project, the Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation website project also helped me learn more about the Institution of Slavery and the efforts that the University was putting in place to learn and grow from this past. I was also humbled to be chosen as part of a staff working group to contribute to actionable items that the University could take as part of a diversity initiative.