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

Diversity, Equity 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



an illustration of a visually diverse group of people



Call for Submissions: DEI Policy Memo Competition

The ESIA Council on Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a policy memo competition for all students! To enter the competition, submit a memo describing how the exclusion of particular authors or topics has resulted in biased policy within your field of study at Elliott, and suggest scholarship solutions that would address these gaps.

The deadline for submission is March 21, 2022. All finalists will be invited to present their memo during the 2022 Inclusive Excellence Week, and both the undergraduate and graduate winner will win $250 in prize money. Learn more and apply to the Policy Memo Competition.


call for applicants: Student Support Award for Spring and Summer 2022



Call for Applicants: Student Support Award

Elliott undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support for the purpose of advancing the mission of the school and helping students attain their personal, academic and career goals.

Requests involving tuition and fee assistance will not be considered. Proposed activities include but are not limited to conferences, research, unpaid internship support and learning resources (i.e. books, language study, and software).


a collage of 6 photos of students at events hosted by the Elliott School



Elliott Launches Fund to Increase Access and Promote Equity

An innovative initiative at the Elliott School will soon provide significant new resources for students, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in international affairs education by increasing access for students with financial need. 

The initiative, the Elliott Equity Fund, is in line with GW University’s commitment to excellence and affordability. The fund, which the school will grow through philanthropic contributions, will help foster an inclusive academic environment, further efforts to diversify the student body, and ensure that students can reach their full potential.



Resources for Students


Inclusive Teaching Resources


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events


Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence


Report a Bias-Related Act