Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence

Our Process

During the summer of each year, the Dean invites offices to participate in the development of our annual action plan, using our Inclusive Excellence Toolkit (PDF) as a resource to identify unit-specific strategies. In collaboration with Elliott's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the school's leadership, these strategies are reviewed and synthesized to identify any gaps. A draft plan is then shared with our community for feedback with the goal of publishing our action plan in the month of September of each year.  

2021-2022 Goals

Goal 1: Increase the recruitment of historically underrepresented undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff, and provide expanded opportunities for success  (Access and Equity)

Goal 2:  Improve the overall climate of inclusion and retention for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff (Climate and Intergroup Relations)

Goal 3:  Expand diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in the curriculum and provide learning opportunities to deepen cultural competence (Learning and Development)

Goal 4: Develop and sustain an organizational infrastructure that actively supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability (Infrastructure and Accountability)



  • Goal 1. Increase recruitment of historically underrepresented undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff, providing expanded opportunities for success.
    • Establish baseline demographic data of students, faculty, and staff
    • Implement staff recruitment and selection guidelines
      • Develop communication plan
      • Offer training for hiring managers and search committees
    • Identify opportunities to strengthen undergraduate outreach and recruitment activities in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions  
      • Conduct focus group with BIPOC undergraduate students 
      • Increase participation in prospective and admitted student programming
    • Develop strategic enrollment plan for graduate admissions
      • Identify targeted recruitment strategies for underrepresented students 
      • Examine America 2050 Award 
      • Conduct focus group with BIPOC
    • Establish partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) 
      • Develop HBCU IA Contact Directory  
      • Host MSI Graduate Student Day 
      • Host Advisor Workshop
    • Host virtual Public Service Weekend Conference
    • Establish pool of part-time faculty
  • Goal 2. Improve the Elliott School's overall climate of inclusion and retention for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
    • Increase campus-wide partnerships for DEI initiatives with the Elliott School
      • #GW in Solidarity
      • Form and participate in Collaborative on Inclusive Excellence meetings
      • Participate in Diversity Summit 
      • Well-Being for the People Book Club
    • Implement Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs Series
    • Implement Forum on Inclusive Excellence (modified: virtual week long program: Inclusive Excellence Week at Elliott)
    • Implement a diversity and inclusion recognition initiative
    • Host anti-racism program series
    • Increase Elliott school program partnerships
    • Develop student leadership community focused on DEI
    • Expand affinity spaces for students, faculty and staff
  • Goal 3. Expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum and provide learning opportunities to deepen cultural competence and academic excellence.
    • Create and distribute ESIA Inclusive Teaching Statement
    • Host Inclusive Teaching Workshops (Spring Semester)
    • Launch an ESIA First-Year Common Reading Program focused on DEI (Undergraduate reading: Tell Me Who You Are)
    • Review DEI course evaluation question
    • Prepare Program Diversity Policy Memo competition
    • Host Diversity Policy Memo Competition Panel Conversation
    • Prepare Diversity and Inclusion Learning Outcomes for Curricula
    • Expand Inclusive Teaching Resource Online Library
      • Create and expand Race in International Affairs Online Resource, 
      • Expand Gender Analysis Toolkit and Gender in International Affairs Resources
  • Goal 4. Develop and sustain an infrastructure, resources and policies that actively support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Establish ESIA Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Including creation of mission, vision, goals)
    • Development of 2020-2021 ESIA Diversity Action Plan
    • Enhance ESIA Diversity and Inclusion website (Student Resources, Inclusive Teaching, Events and Recordings)
    • Implement and distribute monthly newsletter to the Elliott School during academic year 2020-2021
    • Update Council Bylaws and add Council on Diversity and Inclusion into Elliott School Bylaws - submit to Dean’s Council
    • Maintain Elliott School-wide DEI Working Groups (Curriculum and Development, Events and Programs, Student Recruitment and Retention) 
  • Goal 1. Build a Supportive Culture and Community
    • Restructure Council on Diversity and Inclusion to include more student representation. 
    • Identify student leadership opportunities.  
    • Establish funding and criteria to support diversity-related programming and research activities for faculty, student organizations, departments, research centers, and institutes.
    • Continue to implement and monitor events policy. 
    • Conduct focus groups with staff to better understand concerns derived from the climate survey. 
    • Implement a diversity and inclusion recognition initiative.    
    • Respond to focus group findings and climate survey results by developing educational programs and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. 
      • Implement an annual school-wide diversity symposium.
      • Establish a Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs Series.
    • Collect and review data from course evaluations. 
  • Goal 2. Diversify Our Demographics
    • Engage in community outreach to ethnically and socioeconomically diverse K-12 schools. 
    • Continue partnership with the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) and host Public Service Weekend (PSW) and International Affairs Summer Immersion Program for underrepresented undergraduate students. 
      • Establish fellowships for participants completing these programs and enrolling at the Elliott School. 
    • Explore opportunities for partnership with the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs and Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Programs.
    • Establish partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). 
    • Enhance the faculty and staff search process. 
      • Provide training to assist hiring managers and search committee chairs in the recruitment and selection process.     
      • Develop guidance to integrate diversity and inclusion into position descriptions and the interview process. 
  • Goal 3. Expand Our Resource Base to Support Our Diversity and Inclusion Plan
    • Identify resources needed to support and actualize the short and long term diversity planning efforts of the school.
    • Identify and leverage existing resources at the University. 
    • Hire Diversity Program Manager.
  • Goal 4. Develop a Communications Plan to Reflect the Elliott School's Ongoing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
    • Enhance the school’s diversity website.
    • Establish a newsletter that highlights accomplishments and members of our diverse community.

Contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team

Diversity Officer: Jonathan M. Walker

Diversity Program Manager: Kylie Stamm

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (202) 994-2258