A Message from Vice Provost Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

Vice Provost for the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement Caroline Laguerre-Brown
November 10, 2016
On November 9, 2016, our presidential election brought to an end the most divisive political battle in modern American history. Despite that fact, the candidates and other leaders emerged from the election committed to supporting a peaceful transition of power. While their response is as it should be, Americans will need more time to grapple with what we have experienced in the last 18 months. Some members of our community are satisfied with the election’s outcome, but many others are experiencing pain and uncertainty about the future. Both camps are part of our diverse and vibrant university. I write today to acknowledge the pain and fear in our community and to affirm GW’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
 
In the coming days and months, I ask you to approach this moment in our nation’s history the GW way—stay engaged in the political issues about which you are passionate; take advantage of opportunities to exchange ideas with your peers even if you disagree with them; consider the humanity of your classmates and treat them with compassion. Above all else, continue to use your time at GW to hone the knowledge and expertise you will need to change the world for the better. While you do all of that, know that we stand ready to support you with a variety of services should you need them. Please see the list below:
 
Multicultural Student Services Center
(Regarding concerns about inflammatory rhetoric, or bias statements)
 
To Reach MSSC Community Leadership:
Religious Life:  Timothy Kane kanet@gwu.edu
Asian American: mssc@gwu.edu
African American: Erica Fraser erica_fraser@gwmail.gwu.edu, or George Rice grice3@gwu.edu
Latino/Latina: Cecilia Contreras, contreras210@gwu.edu, or Krystal Warner, warnerk@gwu.edu
LGBT: Jennifer Meneray, jennifermeneray@gwu.edu, or Timothy Kane, kanet@gwu.edu
Native American: Mike Tapscott, tapscott@gwu.edu
South Asian: Krystal Warner, warnerk@gwu.edu
 
Mental Health Services
 
Title IX Office
Office Hours on 11/11, 10-3pm
Carrie Ross, Assistant Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
E-mail: carrieross@gwu.edu
Call: 202-994-4390
 
Center for Student Engagement - Student and Residential Life
 
GW Police – Safety & Security
 
Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service