News & Events

Book Talk: Chocolate City, A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital

Shepherd Park resident G. Derek Musgrove and and DC native Chris Myers Asch have just published a history of race and democracy in Washington, D.C. titled Chocolate CityKirkus Review has called the book, “Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion.” A talk with the authors will be held at the GW Textile Museum on Monday, November 6th at 12pm! For more information on the book click here.

13th Film Screening and Discussion

Join GW's Black Law Students Association, Multicultural Student Services Center, Criminal Law Initiative at GW Law, and GW undergraduate student organizations for a discussion on the acclaimed documentary, 13th, on Wednesday, November 1st! 

Apply to be a Learning Partner for GW Alternative Breaks!

GW Faculty and Staff:

You're invited to serve as a learning partner for the GW Alternative Breaks Program! The Alternative Breaks Program is a student led organization that strives to empower and challenge all students to understand their relationship with the global community through direct service, education, and reflection, while encouraging personal growth, social awareness, and active citizenship. The program features 11 domestic and international community service and service-learning trips that provide students the opportunity to become active citizens and leaders, while building lasting connections with people from various communities through a mutually-beneficial experience.


A Learning Partner is an integral member of the Alternative Breaks learning experience. Learning Partners are faculty and staff who participate as a team member of a GW Alternative Breaks trip as liaisons between the students and the University. While they are not responsible for the general planning of the trip which is left to undergraduate student leaders, Learning Partners do serve in a more hands-on role through expertise in the issue area of the trip or geographic location as well as guiding students during their reflection and personal development.

Winter trips are from January 6-13, and Spring trips are from March 10-17

The application timeline is as follows: Applications are OPEN APPLY HERE
Friday, October 6th- Application Closes at 11:59PM
October 11th-19th- Interviews with trip leaders
Friday, October 20th- Learning Partners Announced!
If you have any questions about the application process or our program in general, please email us 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.  


President LeBlanc

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. 


President LeBlanc welcome

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

Recent News

LeBlanc Faculty Assembly

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..

Title Ix Staff

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

Dr. Quinetta Roberson

Recent Strategic Learning for the ODI Staff

Professional development is a career-long obligation for practicing professionals, which delivers benefits to the individual, their colleagues and to the students the serve.

Alumnus Gilbert Cisneros Donates $7 Million to GW

Alumnus Gilbert Cisneros Donates $7 Million to GW

Gift to create the GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, assist high school and college students.