Programs are open to all members of the GW community.
Please choose programs where you can both benefit and uplift others 

#GWInSolidarity 2021 Schedule:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 


Virulent Hate:
Understanding Anti-Asian Racism During the Pandemic Covid-19 Pandemic

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Melissa May Borja, PhD - Assistant Professor of American Culture and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan


GW Asian Community
Procesing & Healing

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
(Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni)
Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement 

THURSDAY, April 15, 2021 

Asian Women Processing & Healing Space

(This space is open to all women identified Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni at GW, including transgender, gender non-binary, and cisgender women)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Kylie Stamm - Diversity Program Manager,
Elliott School of International Affairs Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Accomplices & Disruptors

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Office of Advocacy and Support


Asian Student Experiences at GW

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Student Panel


FRIday, April 16, 2021 

Embracing Diverse Pasts to Build Collective Futures: Lessons from the Age of "Yellow Peril"

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Jonathan Hsy, PhD -
Associate Professor of English, George Washington University


Anti-Racism in Practice: Showing Up in Solidarity with and for the Asian Community

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Scholar Panel


GW Asian Student
Community Processing
& Healing Space

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Multicultural Student Services Center


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May 2020

After multiple incidents of violence against Black people in the United States, including the killing of several individuals, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement shared a letter with the GW Community and created a 4-week series of programming titled #GWInSolidarity. 

You can access a syllabus that has been developed for the GW Community to engage in readings, videos, webinars, and other upcoming virtual opportunities.


May 31, 2020

Dear Members of the GW Community,

We are sad. We are suffering. Our hearts are heavy. And, we will not forget the Black lives and names of those taken from us too soon due to racism.

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) is horrified by the acts of violence repeatedly inflicted on Black people, often at the hands of people in positions of power. It is deeply disturbing to turn on the TV, check social media, or even worse, receive a phone call in the middle of the night, bringing news of yet another egregious act of racism in the United States. These acts, incidents, and senseless behaviors and decisions are killing the Black community - literally.

Sadly, the current global pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black people is also rooted in systemic racism and discrimination. This reality is being felt by members of the Black community in massive loss of life and economic devastation. We know that the Black community is laboring under this heavy, heavy burden directly and indirectly.  

We, in ODECE, hold the GW community even tighter right now. We condemn racism and anti-Blackness, and the violence that has killed so many Black people. We acknowledge that racism and white supremacy are part of the foundation of this country, and we hope that each day our team in ODECE moves us closer to a more equitable and just future where a letter like this is not needed. We understand that many of our GW community members deal with, feel, and live with racism on a daily basis. For many Black people and communities of color, racism and state sanctioned violence are not new. What is new is today’s frequent filming of this violence, such that the world can see them in their most grotesque forms. Holding these atrocities up to the light is necessary, and they still take a toll on the hearts and minds of Black people all over the globe.

While many people continue to ask for a return to the “normal,” we know that for Black people and those from historically marginalized communities, that means a continuation of oppression, injustice, hate, and violence. We have to create something better. We have to raise higher.  

Over the coming days, ODECE and university partners will host events for the GW community to come together to process, work on healing, learn from one another, and move towards action. We recognize that sharing what you feel right now may also be critical and timely, and offer you space to do so here. Please know that our university resources for support remain available, including Counseling and Psychological Services, Advocacy & Support, Student Affairs, Human Resources, Faculty Affairs, and of course ODECE.

To Black students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and community partners, we see you and send you love and strength. Your existence matters, you are enough, and we are with you. Near or far, together we Raise High.


ODECE Signatures


#GWInSolidarity 2020 Schedule:


Week 1

GW Black Men: Graduate Students - Being Heard

Sponsored by Black Men's Initiative
June 8, 2020 | 9 - 10:30 pm

GW Black Men: Faculty & Staff - Being Heard

Sponsored by Black Men's Initiative
June 10, 2020 | 4 - 5 pm

GW Black Men: Undergraduate Students - Being Heard

Sponsored by Black Men's Initiative & GW Police Department
June 10, 2020 | 7 - 8:30 pm

GW Student Space for Processing

June 11, 2020 | 7 - 8:30 pm

GW Faculty and Staff Space for Processing

June 12, 2020 | 12 - 2 pm

GW Black Community Space for Healing

June 12, 2020 | 3 - 5 pm
Attendees are asked to commit to the full time


Week 2

GW Black Women: Community & Conversation

June 15, 2020 | 3 - 4:30 pm

GW Black Community Space for Healing

June 16, 2020 | 3 - 5 pm
Attendees are invited to come and go throughout the program

GW Black Men: Community & Conversation

Sponsored by GW Black Faculty, Staff, Alumni & MSSC
June 16, 2020 | 4 - 5 pm

Race, Police Killings, and Prospects for Reform

June 17, 2020 | 4 - 5:30 pm

GW Non-Black People of Color Conversation: Role in Anti-Blackness

June 18, 2020 | 2 - 3:30 pm


Week 3

Student Activism in 2020 at GW and in the Community

June 22, 2020 | 11am  - 12:30 pm

GW Police Department and Relationship to Community

June 24, 2020 | 1 - 2:30 pm

GW Queer and Trans People of Color: Community & Conversation

June 25, 2020 | 6 - 7 pm

A Conversation About the Role of White People in Racial Justice & Anti-Racism

June 26, 2020 | 2 - 3:30 pm


Week 4

Creating a Career of Justice

June 30, 2020 | 3 - 4:30 pm

Unconscious Bias Workshop for Faculty

July 1, 2020 | 10am - 12 pm