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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 Institute, Security Policy Studies Program, Elliott School Office of Diversity and Inclusion, LEAP Initiative, Multicultural Student Services Center, and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.