Sample Workshop Descriptions 2018

Past workshop descriptions offered at the Diversity Summit.



Reducing Homogeneity in Safe Spaces: A Student's Perspective 

Ty Miranda

This presentation creates a platform to have an honest dialogue about what safe spaces mean at a university like George Washington. Often times, we think of safe spaces as a place for people to come together to feel secure and comfortable, but they often turn into a homogenous place, free of conflicting opinions and honest dialogue with a spectrum of beliefs.


From Class to Social: Exploring Social Class Experiences

Dania Castro

This session will provide an experiential opportunity for participants. They will share their thoughts on social class markers, how those differ for people depending on where they are from and then explore what it’s like to be part of different communities with different resources. Diversity within the context of social class is usually not as apparent as race or ethnicity but it is definitely a marker that impacts the experience of students and staff in the GW community. Creating an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to discuss their perceptions of social class and the realities they have experienced will bring new perspective to how they can create a more inclusive environment for all.


Judging the Professor: The Role of Gender Bias 

Nikki Usher, PhD, Katrina Pariera, PhD, Joe Cordes, PhD, and Patricia Dinneen, Ed.D.

Professors are at the front of the classroom but face structural barriers despite this
assumed position of power. This panel discusses the research and the perceptions of gender bias in the
classroom and how this impacts the ability of professors to teach and to mentor students as well as to advance their own careers.


Helping GW Go Beyond "Military Friendly" to "Military Strong"

Andy Sonn, Kellis Robbins and Samantha Schaller

GW’s 1,800+ military affiliated students have intersecting identities and diverse learning and developmental needs. During this panel, GW student veterans and veteran office staff members will offer best practices for supporting military student success and a discussion platform to share promising practices at GW and in the field.


GW International Leaders Panel

Jennifer Donaghue and GW International Students

The GW community has expressed challenges in navigating this ever changing and complex environment while still working to support affected individuals on our campus. Please attend this timely panel discussion facilitated by the International Services Office to hear directly from international students, faculty and staff about their experiences adjusting and adapting to the new immigration landscape. This is an opportunity to hear their stories of challenges, optimism and success, while reimagining how we can support them and champion the diversity they bring to our community.


Intersectionality 101

Ketaki Deo, Nikki Lane, Sara Matthiesen, Emmah Evangelista, and Luis Morfin

This panel will focus on how attempts at inclusivity can be strengthened through understanding that identities such as class, race, sexuality, and disability, can often intersect.


Think First: A Look at the First-Generation Student Experience

Brittany Abraham and Bridgette Behling

This session will share national trends and GW specific data about first-generation students and shed light on successes/challenges faced by first-generation students. It will also offer the opportunity to hear from students about what it means to be first-generation at GW, and show GW’s strengths-based approach towards first-generation student programming.


The Journey to Build A Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: School of Nursing 

Sydnae Law, MHA, Esther Emard, MSN ,RN, MSLIR, ADT, Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC, Karen Kesten, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE, CCRN-K, FAAN, and Malinda Whitlow DNP, FNP-BC, RN

This dynamic and interactive panel discussion, with diverse members of the faculty and staff from the School of Nursing (SON), will help the GW community explore strategies and opportunities for aligning the diversity strategic plan with the School’s overall mission to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational and work environment.

Understanding Diversity Through the Lens of Mattering and Belonging

Grace E. Henry

“Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?” This question forces us into zero-sum, false binary thinking of “us v. them”. However, in order to move from debate to dialogue, one must “change the question” and refocus what really matters. Utilizing the theoretical constructs of mattering and sense of belonging, the presenter provides a new lens through which individuals can better understand the lived experiences of others, build a bridges toward reconciliation and springboard toward cross-racial understanding.


Moving from Conflict to Collaboration

Nathalie Al-Zyoud

Whether facing conflict in your department or disputes between students, worldviews often get in the way of productive collaboration. This interactive skills-building session will help you discover the art of finding common ground between people holding vastly different beliefs.


Open Educational Resources: A Powerful Tool in Addressing Textbook Affordability 

Morgan Stoddard and David Lemmons

Many students struggle to afford the high cost of textbooks each year, and this cost presents a particular barrier to learning for students from low-income backgrounds. This session explores how adopting open educational resources (OERs) in classes reduces costs and helps all students at GW achieve academic success.


Future Leaders- Check Your Bias at the Door!: A Case Study

Nicole Anderson and Heather Bremenstuhl

What is unconscious bias? How does it affect students’ experiences in college and on the job market? How can we reduce unconscious bias and cultivate a more inclusive campus climate? In this session, participants will learn to identify and mitigate unconscious bias. Additionally, we discuss the ways in which co-curricular programming can be utilized as a mechanism for promoting inclusion, enhancing cultural intelligence, and promoting civil discourse on campus.


Exploring the Use of Non-Standard Academic English Voices

Dr. Phyllis Ryder, Professor Bernadita Yunis, Iman Lee, Robin Kim, and Simone Hunter-Hobson

This workshop will guide student-writers to incorporate their own unique language moves in academic work. If done well, utilizing non-Standard English at strategic points in an essay can have powerful effects. The presenters will challenge us to rethink our assumptions about linguistic diversity and offer tools to shift institutional culture.


An Interfaith Dialogue for the 21st Century Campus

Victoria Lewis

A true academic preparation for leadership global citizenship demands intercultural competence,  including knowledge and experience of other languages, cultures, and frequently forgotten, religious and secular traditions. This panel presentation aims to prove the important of interfaith dialogue and education on GW's secular campus and the increasingly secular American society. Whether you identify as religious, spiritual or a "none" (not a nun, lol).

We realize we are living in times of increased religious conflicts and tensions, and thus interfaith work is more important now than ever.


The Power of Belonging: Building a Culture of Inclusion at GW

Paige Robnett and Sophia Brown

Belonging is primal and fundamental to well-being. In this interactive workshop, second year Trachtenberg students, Sophia Brown and Paige Robnett, will present “belonging” as the foundation for fully embracing diversity and inclusion. Participants will walk away with tools, including storytelling, to foster a culture of belonging and inclusion at GW and beyond.


Arts-Based Civic Dialogues in Politically Charged Times 

Jordan Potash, PhD and Alberta Gyimah-Boadi

Civic dialogue in politically charged times is essential for identifying injustice, maintaining communication, and solving problems. Art making is an essential tool for supporting democratic processes. This experiential workshop will facilitate participants to experience and learn how art therapists can contribute to cross-cultural, social, and political dialogues.


What Makes Us Click?: International Perspectives on Dating Culture in the U.S. & Abroad 

Kiera Bloore, Danielle Cyr and GW International Students

This student workshop will feature a panel of international students who will share their perspectives on dating culture at GW and abroad. They will also discuss how to create meaningful, healthy relationships on campus. The panel discussion will be moderated by Danielle Cyr, Program Associated for the Gender Equity Initiative in International Affairs. Following the panel, attendees will be invited to participate in an interactive photo activity highlighting their thoughts on healthy relationships.