Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher education in the United States, is founded on the principles that serious and sustained discourse among diverse peoples promotes understanding. Recognition and respect for all constituencies that make up the University community are necessary and appropriate for Georgetown University to live up to its mission to educate women and men to be reflective lifelong learners; to be responsible and active participants in civic life; and to live generously in service to others. In acknowledgement that an informed, active, and engaged community, with the ability to share their opinions and interests concerning the conduct of institutional affairs and life in the workplace, is critical to the mission of Georgetown University, the Georgetown University Staff and Academic and Administrative Professionals Advisory Council was established.