ODECE Group Photo Fall 2016
Staff of the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement

In 2010, GW President Steven Knapp announced a new initiative to promote diversity and inclusion within and beyond the university community.  A key component of that initiative was the creation of the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, a group of university community members including staff, faculty, and students, that was charged by President Knapp to generate ideas and formulate recommendations for increasing the university’s effectiveness in reaching out to persons of all backgrounds. One of the first recommendations the council made was to create a Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion.

Rising from that recommendation, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion was officially created at GW in May 2011 when Dr. Terri Harris Reed began her tenure as the university’s first Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion. Then, in July 2012, the office expanded to include the Multicultural Student Services Center, Office of Disability Support Services, Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, Title IX Coordination, Campus Inclusion Initiatives, and the GW Tutoring Initiative. The title of the office was changed in the summer of 2013 to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to reflect this expansion.  

Close collaborations with many different members of the GW community continue and/or have been created, including the President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion and the University Committee on the Status of Women: Faculty and Librarians, enables the ODECE to advance GW’s commitment to all aspects of diversity that are essential to academic excellence. In August 2016, the office was renamed the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

For general questions, comments, or requests for more information, please call 202-994-7434 or email diverse@gwu.edu


For information about specific departments, please contact:

GW Tutoring Initiative


Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion (IDI) Grants Program

Helen Cannaday, Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement



Title IX Coordination, Sexual Harassment Response Coordination

Rory Muhammad, Title IX Coordinator
Director, Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement