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ODECE Office Hours

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement will host Office Hours for GW Students with our new Vice Provost, Caroline Laguerre-Brown. Office Hours are held on the third Wednesday of each month, with the first one occurring Wednesday, November 16 from 3:30-5:30pm. The location will be provided at the time of booking. The office hours for the rest of the year are as follows: March 8, April 19,  May 3.

Students and Student Organizations are invited to sign up in 15 minute intervals and are welcome to bring up to two GW student guests, for a maximum of three students.

This is a great opportunity for students to share ideas, thoughts or concerns about diversity and climate on campus.   

To sign-up, please use the link:

Students must provide name, GWID, and student organization if applicable of all students in attendance, an idea of the topic to cover and the date and time preferred.  Once this information has been submitted, an email of confirmation will follow.    


Why We Need Intellectual Diversity in Academia

Thursday, April 6


Ames Hall B101, Mt. Vernon Campus

On Thursday, April 6th, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz of Georgetown Law will discuss “Why We Need Intellectual Diversity in Academia”. Prof. Rosenkranz is a leading scholar of constitutional issues, a fellow at the Cato Institute, and a contributor to the Heterodox Academy project. The talk is co-sponsored by the Politics & Values Program and the University Honors Program.


The talk will be held from 5-6 PM in Ames Hall B101 on the Mount Vernon Campus. It will be followed by a light reception. All members of the GW community are welcome.



Thursday, April 13

On Thursday, April 13, The Documentary Center at The George Washington University, in partnership with the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, is showing Sacreda film that explores the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. This screening will be followed by a discussion with prominent D.C. religious leaders, Rabbi Gerry Serotta, Reverend Carol Flett and Iman Talib Shareef, and moderated by Sister Maureen Fielder, creator and host of Interfaith Voices. Join us for this critical opportunity to explore spirituality on our campus.

For more information and to register, visit.


"A Black Man in the White House" with Cornell Belcher 

Tuesday, March 21


Marvin Center Continental Ballroom

Join the School of Media and Public Affairs for a lively discussion with author Cornell Belcher on his findings and relevant current affairs that illuminate just how deep and jagged racial fault lines continue to be in America. For more information and to register, click here.


Save the Date

GW Diversity Summit

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Institutions of higher education can only achieve excellence by embracing the talents, experience, and contributions of students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds. As higher education professionals in the 21st century, our students, faculty and staff must be intentional in cultivating building a healthy climate and inclusive environment at GW, but many of us are unsure about how to recognize and address these critical issues. 


Please join the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement on March 29th for a one-day educational summit for GW students, faculty and staff being held at the Foggy Bottom campus.  More information and RSVP coming in March. 



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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