April 29, 2016
To our readers,
Where to start in a letter to our audience after a year-long endeavor? This journey began last summer with a conversation between our Editor-in-Chief, Erin Mullally, and me about how we could make this a transformative year for the Georgetown Public Policy Review. While typically a collection of academic papers released in print form every spring, GPPR’s annual Spring Edition was something we wanted to elevate to new heights of journalistic innovation and sophistication. Millennials are not only the most educated generation in history but are now the largest generational cohort, making them our primary audience and one in constant demand for content that engages their intellect and appeases their digital savviness.
With these goals in mind, the GPPR editorial board agreed on a few things - we knew we wanted to make the Spring Edition digital and we knew we wanted it to be cool. We took the stereotype of millennial ideals and ran with them. From there, we began piecing together our vision - a publication that was more of a cohesive product than a mere collection of papers, content that was more visual and interactive than traditionally academic, and topics that were more of the future than of the past. With the release of our Call for Submissions this past fall, we posed that the footprint of the first global generation was taking shape and that the millennium had, and would continue to, uproot conventional expectations of national and international policy. From this, we wanted papers that together could paint the picture of a post-millennial nation. But, what does this really mean? What is post-millennial?
When we hear the word ‘millennial’, a term arguably overused today in research and media, we envision the inspired, confused, and digitally-savvy generational cohort born from about 1980 to 1996. Millennials grew up amidst an increasingly global world, rapid gains in technology, and the proliferation of the college degree as a requirement for success in the labor market. Yet, the term ‘millennial’ is also defined as the anniversary or culmination of a thousand years. While not as lively of a definition, it offers just as much clarity, if not more, in how we wanted to redefine the future of GPPR.
So, as you embark on a journey through our digital debut, remember that ‘post-millennial’ doesn’t just reference the young people of today, who are now in their 20’s and 30’s and beginning to leave a formative footprint on the world, or the turn of the century, which has engendered new successes and challenges that are no longer confined to national borders. The term, which we christened early on as our theme for this year’s Spring Edition, also serves as our personal metaphor for a new era. The staff at GPPR view this 2016 Spring Edition, in its digital launch, as the beginning of an uncharted path for our journal, and words cannot express how excited we are to show it to you.
The papers in this edition bring our original vision to life, taking on an array of topics that only brush the surface of all the questions that define the future. Authors examine post-Arab Spring democratization in Egypt, highlight the variance in sexual assault rates across college campuses, deconstruct millennials’ experience in the labor market and in social entrepreneurship, illustrate the challenges to end-of-life care for aging Baby Boomers, and analyze the future implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as related to health.
On behalf of the rest of the Georgetown Public Policy Review staff, we are thrilled to share with you the launch of this site, and all of the papers and content within it. Together, it tells a compelling story about the changing world around us, and we can only hope that you dive in as much as we did.
Alexa Frank, Executive Spring Editor, and Erin Mullally, Editor-in-Chief
Georgetown Public Policy Review