Diversity Summit 2018

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Diversity Summit: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at GW on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3 and 4, 2018. To register click here.

Is GW inclusive or just diverse?

Join GW students, faculty and staff for an educational summit featuring keynote speakers, workshops, poster presentations, and a variety of diversity topics, including gender bias, interfaith and civic dialogue in politically charged times, LGBTQ+ health, socio-economic and income inequality, and more. 

Featured events include:

Panel Discussion: Universities Studying Slavery: Race, Research and Reconciliation with: 

  • Dr. Jennifer James- Director, The George Washington University's Africana Studies Program
  • Dr. Phillip Troutman- Deputy Director, The George Washington University's Writing in the Disciplines Program
  • Dr. Marcia Chatelain- Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown Working Group on Slavery, Memory & Reconciliation 

Inaugural "Race in America" Speakers Series featuring:

  • Dr. Ibram X. Kendi- Professor and Founding Director of the AntiRacist Research and Policy Center, American University, and award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author
  • Ms. Symone Sanders- CNN political commentator and former National Press Secretary to Bernie Sanders

Highlighted Session: Disability Justice: Radical Inclusion and Active Love presented by:

  • Lydia X.Z. Brown- Disability justice advocate, organizer and writer; founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Supports


For a sample of this year's workshops please click here.




*summit schedule subject to change and updates will be reflected here.

Day 1- April 3, 2018

Check-in and Registration

  • 1:00pm-5:00pm (Jack Morton Auditorium)


2:30pm-3:30pm: Pre-Summit Workshops

  • Reducing Homogeneity in Safe Spaces: A Student’s Perspective
  • What makes us click? International perspectives on dating culture

3:30pm-4:00pm: Doors Open 

4:00pm-5:30pm: Opening Keynote with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi with opening remarks by President Thomas LeBlanc and Vice Provost Caroline Laguerre-Brown


Day 2- April 4, 2018

Check-in and Registration

  • 8:30am-5:00pm (Marvin Center, 3rd Floor)


9:00am-9:30am: Welcome

9:30am-10:30am: Concurrent Workshop Series #1 

  • Judging The Professor: The Role of Gender Bias
  • GW International Women Leaders Panel
  • Helping GW Go Beyond "Military Friendly" to "Military Strong”
  • From Class to Social: Exploring Social Class Experiences

10:45am-11:45am: Concurrent Workshop Series #2 

  • Dear White People: Approaching White Privilege to Further Racial Equity
  • Intersectionality 101
  • Think First: A look at the first-generation student experience from a national and GW lens
  • The Journey to Build a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Aligning the Strategic Plan with the GW School of Nursing Mission

12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunchtime Roundtable: "Universities Studying Slavery: Race, Research and Reconciliation" with Dr. Jennifer James, Dr. Phillip Troutman and Dr. Marcia Chatelain

**Due to overwhelming response in attendance the lunch session is at capacity.

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

  • Moving from conflict to collaboration
  • Open Educational Resources: A Powerful Tool in Addressing Textbook Affordability, Income Inequality & Socioeconomic Diversity on Campus
  • Understanding diversity through the lens of mattering and belonging

3:00pm-4:00pm: Concurrent Workshop Series #4

  • An Interfaith Dialogue for the 21st Century Campus
  • Building a Culture of Belonging at GW
  • Exploring The Use of Non-Standard Academic English Voices
  • Future Leaders – Check your bias at the door!: A Case Study
  • Arts-based Civic Dialogues in Politically Charged Times

4:15pm-5:15pm: Poster Session and Highlighted Session: "Disability Justice: Radical Inclusion and Active Love in Liberation Struggles" with Lydia X. Z. Brown

A sampling of poster sessions:

  • "What Would George Do?" Really: Evaluating the Post-Charlottesville Implications of GWU's Slogan for Ethics and Compliance
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Graduate School Classroom
  • LGBTQ+ Clinical Considerations When Working in Adolescent Outpatient Settings
  • GW Diversity Summit Potluck Poem 
  • Enhancing Inclusion 

5:15pm-5:30pm: Closing 

6:00pm: Doors Open 

7:00pm-8:00pm: Speaker Series featuring Symone Sanders


ASL Interpretation will be available.