Diversity Summit

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The Annual Diversity Summit: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at GW, presented by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, aims to create a space for attendees to engage in critical, thoughtful, and challenging dialogue to inform how we understand ourselves, the larger landscape of higher education, and ways to continue building the most inclusive campus climates on individual and communal levels.

The annual summit features workshops, lectures, panels, and poster presentations on a variety of diversity-related topics, including race and racism, bias, sexuality and gender, and religion, faith, spirituality, and beliefs, and more.

We invite attendees to bring their full selves into the space in order to think in deeper and more complex ways about these foci areas.

Stay tuned for announcement's on the 2019 Diversity Summit!




*summit schedule subject to change and updates will be reflected on our website.

Day 1- November 1, 2018

Check-in and Registration

2:00pm-4:30pm (Marvin Center 3rd Floor Lobby)

3:00pm-6:00pm (Jack Morton Auditorium)


2:45pm-3:45pm: Pre-Summit Educational Session #1

  • Doing Intersectionality: Decolonizing Your Personal and Professional Spaces
  • Decolonizing School Spirit: A Dialogue About the GW Colonial 
  • Pregnant on Campus: Inclusion In and Out of the Classroom
  • Confronting Bias in Healthcare

4pm-5pm: Pre-Summit Educational Session #2

  • What Biases Do Support Staff Experience?
  • Indigenous Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, Decolonizing
  • Diversity M&M: Microaggressions & Marginalization
  • Standing in the Intersection: How Intersectional Identities Impact Our Decision to Ask for Help in the Aftermath of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

4:30pm: Doors Open for Opening Keynote

5:30pm-6:30pm: Opening Keynote with Jemele HillEmmy award winning journalist for The Atlantic, former journalist for ESPN and National Association of Black Journalist; Journalist of the year. (Jack Morton Auditorium)

6:30pm-7:30pm: Reception (School of Media and Public Affairs, 2nd Floor Art Gallery)


Day 2- November 2nd, 2018

Check-in and Registration

8:30am-4:00pm (Marvin Center, 3rd Floor)


8:30am- 9:15am: Continental Breakfast (Marvin Center Grand Ballroom)

9:15am- 9:30am: Welcome from Committee

9:30am-10:30am: Concurrent Educational Session #1

  • Religion, Faith, and Spirituality in Higher Education presented by Sara Singha
  • Inclusive Sexual Health Education
  • Developing Sustantative Antiracist Practices in University Settings

10:30am-10:45am: Comfort Break (Marvin Center, rm. 403)

10:45am-11:45am: Concurrent Educational Session #2

  • Bias Response and Reporting at GW
  • Bienvenidos a GW: Creating a Welcoming Space for Latinx Students
  • From Religious Tolerance to Embrace of Religious Diversity: A GW Program's Efforts to Evolve
  • He Said What?: Tools for Navigating Triggering Events

12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunchtime Moderated Panel Discussion on Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, and Inclusion in the Classroom


       Devan Cole '18CNN Breaking News Reporter


Bettina Love, Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia, Author of We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom & Creator of Hip Hop Civics Curriculum GET FREE

Lorelle Espinosa, ACE Vice President of Research, Center for Policy and Research and Strategy & Quoted for saying, "You can't have a constructive educational environment without speech and without inclusion."

Maxwell Little, Founding member of Concerned Student 1950 at University of Missouri & Author of the petition Remove the Statue of Thomas Jefferson from Campus

Nadine Strossen, First woman and youngest president of the ACLU from 1991 - 2008, Professor of Law at New York Law School & Author of HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship

1:45pm-2:45pm: Concurrent Educational Session #3

  • Inclusion and Exclusion Between the Lines: How Codes of Conduct Can Promote or Inhibit Equity and Inclusion
  • Increasing Diversity in Undergraduate Programs
  • Overlapping Inclusions: Disabilities, Identities, and Student Lives at the George Washington University
  • Pipeline Programs: A Path to Equity and Inclusion
  • Panhellenic Council: Now what? Engaging in meaningful dialogue to move forward (by invitation only)

2:45pm- 3:00pm: Comfort Break (Marvin Center, rm. 403)

3:00pm-4:00pm: Poster Session (Marvin Center, rm. 403) 

  • Designing the Core Curriculum with Health Equity in Mind
  • Making Thinking Visible after DEAI Training
  • Ethnocultural Empathy as a Measurable Outcome of an Online Health
  • Betting on a Dream: Providing Academic and Financial Support at the Graduate Level for Undocumented/ DACAmented students
  • Pilot Evaluation of the Girl Rising Gender-sensitization Curriculum in India
  • Defining Incivility and Its Impact on Universities
  • Improving the Campus Climate for LGBTQIA+ Students Using the Pride Index

3:00pm-4:00pm: Fraternity and Sorority Life Community: Living Out Our Values presented byVictoria Lopez Herrera (Marvin Center Amphitheater)

4:00pm-5:00pm: Concurrent Educational Sessions #4

  • Breaking the Stereotypes of Diversity and Inclusion in Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Beyond the Binary: Building Gender and Sexuality Inclusive Classrooms
  • Fighting Mental Health Stigma and Embracing Neurodiversity in Learning Communities
  • The Importance of Religious Diversity in Higher Education

5:00pm-5:45pm: Closing Session:  Liberation and Translation: Spoken Word and the Academy, presented by:

 Anthony R. Keith Jr. (Tony), award winning spoken word poet and educator

Crystal Leigh Endsley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

5:45pm- 6:30pm: Closing & Reception


ASL Interpretation will be available.