Council on Diversity and Inclusion

In January 2018, the Elliott School launched its Council on Diversity and Inclusion which is composed of students, faculty, and staff. The council is charged with advising the school's leadership on specific activities and initiatives to implement related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2020-2021 Council Members

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Rea Childs

Elliott School Human Resources Director




2020-2021 Diversity and Inclusion Working Groups

As part of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion, members of the Elliott School and GW community are invited to join one or more of our active working groups. These groups have a specific focus to help facilitate specific, often short term initiatives with our Council based on the priorities from the Elliott School Diversity Action Plan. Below are descriptions of the three D&I Working Groups:

Join a visionary group of campus partners to identify major programmatic opportunities to help build a supportive culture and community within the Elliott School. Major contributions will include working on the following support for the Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs Series, cultural heritage and identity based programs, and generate any new program ideas centering diversity, equity and inclusion within the Elliott School. Review some of our previous events.

Help a dynamic team of campus partners foster a more holistic and meaningful experience for our students through the development of  recruitment and retention initiatives. Major opportunities include developing Elliott School affinity groups/spaces, community outreach to K-12 schools, expanding our partnership with Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) and hosting Public Service Weekend (PSW), partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions, seeking fellowship and funding opportunities, and implementing the International Affairs Summer Immersion Program.

Join a dedicated group of students, faculty, and staff committed to fostering an inclusive community within Elliott and at GW through curriculum and faculty development. Major opportunities of contribution include developing faculty and staff development workshops, inclusive teaching initiatives, integrating implicit bias into core classes, and curriculum development strategies focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goal is to deepen our community’s cultural competence and applied inclusive practices.

Working Groups are open on a rolling basis to members of the Elliott School.

Sign up for D&I Working Groups


Policy Memo Competition

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a policy memo competition for undergraduate and graduate students! We would like to invite students to identify areas for improvement in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion in International Affairs at Elliott. The memo should provide feedback on aspects of the Elliott School program or discipline needing diversity or reflecting bias. For example, the memo can propose new scholarship and studies in the program. The memo could also provide feedback on the structure of degree programs. The format should be a one-page policy memo format including the problem, background/analysis, policy options, and recommendations. We are providing a few examples below. Originality of policy recommendations and implementation will be valued highly. The top finalists will be invited as panelists to discuss these issues in a student/faculty event subsequently.

The deadline for submission was on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Memo submissions are currently under review.

The winner for the best memo for the undergraduate category will be awarded $250 and the winner for the best memo from the graduate category will also be awarded $250. 

The memo should be no more than 1 page single spaced. The memo should be targeted to the Elliott School, an organization that can do something or create policy to solve the problem.

  1. Start at the top with a type of memo format (memo, to, from) (We need your name)

  2. Give some background on why the topic is important and what we should know to make an informed decision, include the current policy or lack of policy

  3. Explain some policy options 

  4. Give your recommendation of one or more of the options and why you choose this option

  5. If you have space, you can add what some possible challenges might be to the implementation and how to address these.

  6. Do not go over the page limit. 12 point font, 1 inch margins

Structure 1:

  1. Summary

  2. Background

  3. Concerns/Opportunities

  4. Policy Recommendations

  5. Potential Barriers

Structure 2:

  1. Subject

  2. Facts

  3. Opportunities

  4. Challenges

  5. Recommendations

Please direct any questions to Dr. Rollie Lal at [email protected].

Contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team

Diversity Officer: Jonathan M. Walker

Diversity Program Manager: Kylie Stamm

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (202) 994-2258