Diversity and Inclusion Events

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion organizes events that examine current issues and concerns in the Elliott School community. The council has previously co-sponsored events in recognition of celebrations such as GW's Latinx Heritage Celebration, Pride Month, and Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration. Recordings of several past events can be found below. 

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Upcoming Events

Inclusive Excellence Week: pathways to inclusive excellence in international affairs, wednesday april 7 - april 9



Inclusive Excellence Week: Pathways to Inclusive Excellence

April 7 - April 9, 2021

How do we envision and create a global future that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion? Learn with us during the Elliott School’s inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week!

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Past Events


Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: Graphic Migrations: Precarity and gender in international affairs on Monday March 29



Graphic Migrations: Precarity and Gender in India and the Diaspora

Tuesday, March 29th, 2021

GW's Director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Dr. Kavita Daiya, joined us for her book launch of Graphic Migrations: Precarity and Gender in India and the Diaspora.

DC Student Consortium for women peace and security logo, two doves



The DC Student Consortium on Women, Peace and Security Launch Event

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 (all day)

The District of Columbia (D.C.) Student Consortium on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) is pleased to announce its virtual launch event in honor of International Women’s Day in coordination with the US Civil Society Working Group on WPS and the George Washington University (GWU) Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs. The D.C. Student Consortium on WPS is a student-led organization under the leadership of Dr. Shirley Graham, Director of the GWU GEIA at the Elliott School of International Affairs, that aims to — in collaboration with the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on WPS (U.S. CSWG) — promote awareness and education about the importance of integrating analysis of women and gender into security and foreign policy. We invite all students and international affairs professionals interested in gendered approaches to security and foreign policy to this special all-day event. Visit the event registration for more event details and speaker information.


Diverse perspectives in international affairs: teaching gender in international affairs



Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: Teaching Gender in International Affairs

Wednesday, March 3 at 12:00 - 1:15 pm EST

The Elliott School's Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion hosted a conversation with Dr. Michael E. Brown and Dr. Shirley Graham about the importance of teaching gender in international affairs. Dr Brown drew from his recently published book 'Gender & Security: Strategies for the 21st Century' as well as the wider global gender policy agenda.

HBCU 12th annual foreign policy conference flyer. Photo of previous panelists speaking at event



HBCU Foreign Policy Conference Reception with Elliott

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4:30 pm EST

The Elliott School of International Affairs is excited to continue it's tradition of hosting a reception following the State Department’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Foreign Policy Conference. This reception serves as an opportunity for conference attendees to network with current Elliott School students, faculty, and staff. 

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Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: History and Prospects for Black Leaders in a Racialized State Department

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm EST

Why are there diminished returns at increasing levels of leadership on seemingly good-faith efforts to recruit a diverse public service? Data on African American Ambassadors from 1949 to 2020 presented as W.E.B. Du Bois-inspired data visualizations, and a historical review of African Americans in the US State Department confirm the State Department is a racialized organization. Join us to examine the featured research which stems from a larger project on African Americans in American Foreign Policy, co-led by Aaron Williams (LEAP Board of Advisors member), Taylor Jack (Elliott School alumna), and Jennifer Brinkerhoff (faculty). 

Sponsored by: Elliott School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative

Watch a recording of Feb. 25 event

Event flyer containing the title, date and time. Graphic contains illustrations of multicolored globes



The Intersection of Race in International Affairs Theory & Foreign Policy

Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm EST

The three core international affairs theories: realism, liberalism, and conservatism, serve as dominant frameworks that have shaped our understanding and knowledge of foreign policy. However, such theoretical models are rooted in racial biases that create binaries of “underdeveloped” and “developed” or “modern” and “primitive,” used to justify imperialism and colonization and perpetuate a diplomacy that not only centers, but epitomizes the West despite the fact that the world order, institutions, and political systems that govern the international community were created with racist precepts. Such systems serve for the basis for United States foreign policy and perpetuates a state of world affairs that is blind to racism. The purpose of this event is to examine the intersection of the founding principles of international relations and foreign policy and how they inform our knowledge of cooperation, development, and power. This event is in collaboration with the GW Black Student Union’s annual Black Heritage Celebration to commemorate Black History Month.

Sponsored by: Young Black Professionals in International Affairs, the Elliott School's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA), and Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative

Watch a recording of the Feb 18 event

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Race, Gender, and International Affairs: Preparing Students for Future Careers

For new student orientation, we hosted a panel on how to prepare future leaders to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their future careers. Featured panelists included: Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and Executive Director, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS); Dr. Shirley Graham, Director, Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs; Dr. Lakeisha Harrison, Professorial Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs; Ambassador Prudence Bushnell; and Laxman Belbase, Professorial Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs / Co-Director, MenEngage Global Alliance.

Sponsored by: The Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA), the Elliott School's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative, the International Affairs Society, and Young Black Professionals in International Affairs

Watch a recording of "Race, Gender and International Affairs"




The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health flier: Photo of Author Dr. Rheeda Walker and artist Benny Starr, Elliott School logo and George Mason University logo



Wellbeing for the People

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Elliott School's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, GW's Office of Advocacy and Support, Health Promotion and Education, and Milken Institute School of Public Health are excited to collaborate with George Mason University to share a semester-long program titled Well-Being for the People.


Diverse perspectives in international affairs flyer. Headshot of Dr. Elizabeth Rule and Rebecca Seewald, event speakers



Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: Indigenous Politics and Policies

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are hosting a discussion that will focus on Indigenous Politics and Policy as well as provide an opportunity for Elliott students, faculty, and staff to engage with Native American and indigenous professionals who will share about their personal and professional journeys. Our guests include Dr. Elizabeth Rule, Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy and Rebecca Seewald ('18), Government Relations Specialist for Honeywell International. Dr. Rule is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and Ms. Seewald is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation.

Monday, November 30 at 12:00PM Eastern Time

Sponsored by the ESIA Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policies

Watch the Indigenous Politics and Policies event


The Korean War, Rememberance, and the Making of Modern Puerto Rico



The Korean War, Remembrance, and the Making of Modern Puerto Rico

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Harry Franqui-Rivera, Associate Professor of History, Bloomfield College, discussed his research on the Korean War and the Puerto Rican experience.

Sponsored by: East Asia National Resource Center


Dialogos Hispanos: Conversations with Hispanic/Latinx leaders. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6 pm EST. Photo of Rep. Joaquin Castro (Democrat, San Antonio, Texas)



Dialogos Hispanos: Conversations with Hispanic/Latinx Leaders

Review highlights from the inaugural installment of Diálogos Hispanos: Global Conversations with Hispanic/Latinx Leaders, which featured Democratic Congressman Joaquín Castro (TX-20) on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. The Diálogos Hispanos Speakers’ Series is a new initiative that aims to inspire our community with global leaders who serve as role models; stimulate conversations about the role of Hispanics/Latinx in our global society and public service; and empower Hispanic/Latinx voices.

Sponsored by: Cisneros Hispanic Leadership InstituteSecurity Policy Studies ProgramElliott School Office of Diversity and InclusionLEAP Initiative, Multicultural Student Services Center, and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program 

Watch highlights from "Dialogos Hispanos"


Immigrant America: A Hidden Portrait with Tomás Jiménez is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity



Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: Immigrant America, a Hidden Portrait

To recognize the start of the Latinx Heritage Celebration at George Washington University and National Hispanic Heritage Month, we were joined by guest speaker Dr. Tomás Jiménez for our Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs Series titled "Immigrant America: A Hidden Portrait."

Tomás Jiménez is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He is also Director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies. His research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. 

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the LEAP Initiative, and the Council for Diversity and Inclusion

Watch Immigrant America: A Hidden Portrait


Race and International Affairs Promoting Anti-Racism as a Foreign Policy Professional



Race and International Affairs Promoting Anti-Racism as a Foreign Policy Professional

Watch our panel of speakers who shared their experiences at the intersection of race and foreign policy to help inspire new and current students who are entering the field to become aware of race-based issues and become actively anti-racist in their personal and professional work. The event was moderated by Dr. Imani M. Cheers, Associate Director and Associate Professor of Digital Storytelling in the School of Media and Public Affairs.

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We are Elliott: Building an Inclusive Community -- summer reading "Tell Me Who You Are"



We Are Elliott: Building an Inclusive Community

In case you missed it, tune in to our welcome event as part of New Student Orientation where we introduce the ESIA's Common Reading Program for Tell Me Who You Are.  Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion resources at the Elliott School and GW. Makeup discussion groups will be held over the next week to discuss the Common Reading.

View the Common Reading Program opening event



Pride month happy hour and panel with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy



Pride Month Happy Hour & Panel Discussion

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Out in National Security co-hosted a virtual happy hour to discuss pressing LGBTQIA+ issues in national security and international relations. In addition to more substantive conversation, this event gave participants a chance to enjoy a glass of wine, chat, and develop friendships and community.



Town Hall Webinar, anti-asian racism and strategies for inclusion in the wake of covid-19, photos of student events at the Elliott School along the bottom of the title graphic



Town Hall Webinar: Anti-Asian Racism and Strategies for Inclusion in the Wake of COVID-19

Strategies for faculty, staff, and students to address mis/disinformation about COVID-19, recommendations to be inclusive of all perspectives related to the health situation, and how to support disproportionately targeted and vulnerable groups during a global pandemic. Moderated by Kylie Stamm, ESIA Diversity Program Manager. This is one of two ESIA Diversity & Inclusion webinars for GW’s month-long recognition of the Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration.

Watch the Webinar


Microaggressions: toxic rain in education settings and daily life, April 22, 2020, two book covers: "microaggressions and marginality" and "microaggressions in everyday life"



Keynote Webinar: Microaggressions: Toxic Rain in Educational Institutions

Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Columbia University, describes the manifestation, dynamics and harmful impact of microaggressions on institutions of higher education, and what those with power and privilege must do to overcome their own biases, and create a learning environment that allows for equal access and opportunity for all. Although microaggressions may appear small, trivial, insignificant, and harmless, they have been found to have detrimental consequences to people of color, women and other marginalized groups in our society.

Watch the Keynote


Key Activities and Initiatives

  • Elliott School's Community Building Committee hosted a gender sensitivity workshop for staff and faculty, led by GEIA Gender Expert Instructor Andrea Bertone on December 5, 2018
  • The Elliott School became an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. 
  • Completed focus groups with students and faculty as a follow-up to the school climate survey.
  •  Hosted a gender sensitivity workshop for faculty and staff on December 5, 2018.
  • Hosted unconscious bias training for faculty and staff on May 29 and June 12, 2019.
  • Received approval to convert a single-gender restroom in the building to one that is gender-neutral.
  • Partnered with Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program and the Trachtenberg School to host Public Service Weekend. This program provides underrepresented students an opportunity to learn more about domestic and international public service careers as well as strategies for applying to graduate school. This summer, July 26-28, we hosted 50 students.
  • Hosted and sponsored the Department of State’s Annual Historically Black College and Universities Foreign Policy Conference which included an Elliott School reception following the event.
  • Designed a class session to discuss and explore student identities in the course, IAFF 1001-First Year Experience.
  • Sponsored the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs' (APSIA) Diversity Programming. 
  • Worked with Public Affairs to develop and implement guidelines for planning inclusive events that will be integrated into Public Affairs’ Event Training and Training Guide, beginning Fall 2019
  • Included a question on course evaluations related to diversity and inclusion 
  • East Asia National Resource Center partnered with District of Columbia Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Montgomery County Public Schools for their summer teacher workshops by providing informational and curriculum development sessions.


Contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team

Diversity Officer: Jonathan M. Walker

Diversity Program Manager: Kylie Stamm

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (202) 994-2258