2017 Diversity Summit





Register for the 2017 Diversity Summit here.


Is it hate speech or freedom of speech?

Can diversity go beyond checking a box?

Is GW inclusive or just diverse?

Join the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement for a one-day educational summit for GW students, faculty and staff as we examine these topics ranging from hate speech and allyship to immigration reform and unconscious bias.



8:00am-8:25am- Breakfast (School of Media and Public Affairs, 2nd Floor Gallery)

8:30am-9:45am- Morning Plenary with President Knapp and Guest Keynote Deepa Iyer (Jack Morton Auditorium )

10:00am-10:50am- Concurrent Workshop Series #1 (Marvin Center)

  • Trans Allyship 101
  • Intersectional Diversity and Lived Experience within a Nontraditional Student Body: A Panel of GW VALOR Military-Affiliated Students
  • Understanding and Fighting Unconscious Bias 
  • Title IX 101

11:00am-11:50am- Concurrent Workshop Series #2

  • Disability 101: Practical Approaches to Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • In Her Shoes: An Interactive Activity to Explore Dating Violence
  • Working It and Raising High in the Workplace
  • Strategies for Creating Affirming Environments for Sexual and Gender Minorities: Embracing LGBTQ Students, Faculty, Staff, and Patients 

12:00pm-1:30pm- Lunch with Keynote Catherine Ross on Hate Speech, the 1st Amendment, and Academic Freedom (Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom)

1:45pm-2:45pm- Concurrent Workshop Series #3

  • Supporting Students During Immigration Crises
  • Speak Your Truth: Using Storytelling as a Strategy to Facilitate Social Justice Conversations on College Campuses
  • Diversity in Science at GW's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology

3:00pm-3:45pm- Poster Session and Networking

A sampling of poster sessions:

  • Study Abroad Engagement Among First-Generation Students
  • Expanding Concepts of Diversity
  • Disentangling the Barriers of LGBTQ+ Student Athletes in Higher Education
  • Bridging the Digital Divide at GW
  • Using the Course Syllabus to Set the Stage for Productive Discussions of Differing Student Experiences
  • Gender Inclusive Bathroom Initiatives
  • Marshall Scholarship

4:00pm-5:00pm- Concurrent Workshop Series #4

  • Where Service-Learning and Diversity Meet: A Faculty Panel 
  • Solidarity without Appropriation: A Panel Discussion
  • Our Stories, Our Voices: Women’s Leadership in Higher Education

5:00pm-5:45pm- Closing, Transition/Networking and Entertainment

6:00pm-6:50pm- Evening Introduction and Guest Keynote Steve Birdine 

7:00pm-7:50pm- Concurrent Student Workshop Series #5

  • Through Our Eyes: A Panel Discussion on Being a POSSE at GW 
  • Fundamentals of Diversity, Cross-Cultural Communication and Cultural Intelligence 
  • Allyship 2.0: More than “Understanding” the “Coming Out” Process

8:00pm-8:50pm- Concurrent Student Workshop Series #6

  • Where Community Service and Diversity Meet: A Student Panel 
  • Fighting Unconscious Bias 
  • Voices of Muslim Women

8:50pm-9:00pm- Closing