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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Registration for this event is now closed.



Past Events


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.

Watch the Panel


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