photo: Deepa Ollapally lectures a class a horizontal slash and a desk scene with a globe, laptop and books.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion remain important priorities for GW and the Elliott School. As the University has taken important steps to create a more inclusive community, the Elliott School has also taken crucial actions towards this goal.

"Fostering a welcoming and inclusive community is a core value of the Elliott School. To this end, we are committed to attracting and supporting students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences, for example, based on race, gender, socio-economic status, age, sexual orientation and identity, religion, nationality, culture, ideas (including political perspectives), and methods."

From the Elliott School diversity statement


Events and Programs

Five Students pose on Elliott School balcony for PPIA public service weekend

PPIA Public Service Weekend

Reuben Brigety, former ESIA Dean, speaks to audience at HBCU conference event in city view room

HBCU Foreign Policy Conference

Gabriel Young speaks at Diversity and Inclusion Ice Cream social

Diversity and Inclusion Ice Cream Social



Jonathan Walker speaking at the 2018 PPIA weekend



NEXTGEN LEADERSHIP: Ethics and Practice


Thursday, July 29, 2021 to Sunday, August 1, 2021

This free, virtual conference will highlight the practical skills necessary for success in a public service career at home and abroad, while also emphasizing ethical decision making. Apply by June 27, 2021.

Learn more and apply today


Resources for understanding race and racism



Resources for understanding race and racism

The Elliott School Council on Diversity and Inclusion has compiled a list of resources for our community to use as we continue to deepen our knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice.

Visit the resources page


"We will not be silent. We will call it by its name: racism."



A Message to our Community

“We share in the sadness, frustration, and anger caused by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. We acknowledge the pain and stress that our Black community is experiencing as these names are now added to the list of countless lives ended far too early. We will not be silent….”

Read the full message (PDF)



Resources for Students


Inclusive Teaching Resources


Diversity and Inclusion Events


Council on Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity Action Plan


Report a Bias-Related Act