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Each January, King Week celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty, students and staff at the George Washington University (GW) contribute interpretive programing that is exciting, thought provoking, historic and inspiring. At GW, we celebrate King from early childhood through the spirit of the civil rights movement. Programs include faculty readings, live music and narrative, recitation of King's work, service events and more.  King Week tells the story of drama, pain and perseverance that was his life. Our goal is to present an inspiring tribute to the life and vision of America's most legendary civil rights leader and humble Baptist Minister.

Students of all backgrounds are invited to participate in King Week. For more information on how to participate in this year's King Week, please view a full list of our events, RSVP for our events or contact the Multicultural Student Services Center at

GW Monitoring DACA Change, Offering Students Support

"GW is a better institution because of its ability to admit talented, gifted and passionate students without regard to national orgin or ethnicity and without requiring residents of the United States to provide documention," said President LeBlanc. "We value the contributions that all of your students bring to our campus community. Policies that hinder our ability to attract and educate the best and the brightest are not in the interest of GW or the nation's higher education system." 

GW is offering numerous resources for students affected by the recent chnages, including free consulation with the university's immigration attorneys.  


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President LeBlanc Addresses Violence in Charlottesville

In message to university community, Dr. LeBlanc says, "we must condemn acts of racism and hate."


Wendy Helgemo

Wendy Helgemo Appointed Director of Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy

Former senior advisor on Indian affairs to Sen. Harry Reid will lead AT&T-funded center for research and advocacy. 


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Welcome Message from Presdident LeBlanc

GW's 17th president thanks community for warm welcome and says he looks forward to new academic year.


Social Justice Activist Deepa Iyer Urges GW to Tackle Racism

At the Diversity Summit, The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement honored President Knapp for his commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The George Washington University's Principles of Support for Undocument Students  

The George Washington University is committed to the health and safety of all our Students. In November, Presideny Steven Knapp joing more than 180 college and univeristy presidents across the country to show support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He also urged GW students and all members of our community to contunue to respct out differences, maintain civility and celebrate our diversity.

The INSPIRE program

The INSPIRE program offers scholarships to Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian high school students to study applied American politics as part of a three (3) week summer program at George Washington Univerisity. Funded by a generous grant from AT&T, the scholarship includes tuition for one course in Native Politics and American Political System, on-campus room and board, round-trip air travel, and all required textbooks. 


New Test-Optional Policy Helped Shape More Diverse Freshman Class 

Percentage of first-year students from underrepresented minority groups increased by 33 percent in fall 2016.


Diversity Matters Newsletter Archive

In an effort to better share ODECE-related activities and initiatives that are happening across the university and beyond, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion launched a regular newsletter in Spring 2014 titled Diversity Matters. Please take a look at the recent and archived newsletters below to discover what diversity matters are happening in, around, and beyond campus, and be reminded of why diversity matters!

February 2014 Newsletter

July 2014 Newsletter

Summer 2014 Newsletter

December 2014 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

Summer 2015 Newsletter

December 2015 Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter

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University Community Responds to Deeply Offensive Social Media Posting

President LeBlanc to meet with students on race relations. 

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President Addresses Social Media Post, Updates on Strategic Initiative

University and student leaders stress the importance of steps to foster diversity and inclusion.

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GW President Discusses Comprehensiveness, Diversity at Faculty Assembly

Thomas LeBlanc reiterated his administrative priorities and emphasized the importance of "scholarship in all its forms." 


Message from GW President Thomas LeBlanc on Title IX

Dr. LeBlanc addresses Title IX guidance issused by the U.S. Department of Education.




GW Monitoring DACA Change and Offering Students Support

"We value the contributions that all of our students bring to our campus community..

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Title IX Office Expands with Three New Staffers

GW's primary resource office for sexual violence prevention and response has new assistant director and two additional positions. 


Wendy Helgemo Appointed Director of Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy

Former senior advisor on Indian affairs to Senator Harry Reid will lead AT&T funded center for research and advocacy.



A semester in Shanghai: Joyce Kane

Scholar Spotlight

A semester in Shanghai: Joyce Kane

Dr. Eric Arnesen

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Eric Arnesen

What inspired your interest in the labor movement, par

Vandalized Charleston Statue

To Remember or Not?

Race is one of the most divisive issues in our country’s history, and it seems to permeate almost every aspect of our societal consciousness.  In our current Presidential contest, the Democratic co

Messages from the Mountaintop Speaker

The GW Community Celebrates the Life and Legacy of MLK

GW’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion states, “As individuals and as an institution, we must intentional