BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Southern University System has signed a five-year memorandum with Georgetown University to strengthen interdisciplinary programming, research, and training.

The memorandum represents a commitment between the leaders of the universities to collaborate on activities such as joint research and curriculum projects, faculty training and development, and student pipeline programs.

SUS President Ray L. Belton (left) and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia (right)

John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University says, “Southern University has been a terrific partner. Over the last few years, we have had ongoing conversations with several colleagues at Southern, including John Pierre at the Law Center, Debra Tilson in the International Programs Office and Al Harrell at the Southern Foundation. We are very excited to identify areas of mutual interest and to work as partners as Southern continues its 142-year tradition of excellence.”

Officials say the Southern University System offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees to over 12,000 students in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport.

“This partnership with Georgetown offers yet another avenue of success for our students and faculty. With the brain trust comprised of these top institutions of academics and research, the possibilities are limitless,” said Southern University System President, Ray L. Belton.

CEO of the Southern University System Foundation (SUSF) Al Harrell says, “The programming that is currently underway between Georgetown and Southern University has made a sizable impact throughout our university communities. We look forward to exploring new lines of research and connecting our students, faculty and constituents to meaningful programs.”

The two institutions have partnered on racial justice initiatives, as well as providing resources to communities in Louisiana that were impacted by Hurricane Ida.