Inclusive Excellence Week, Pathways to Inclusive Excellence in International Affairs, April 7 to April 9


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.

Building on GW's 6th Annual Diversity Summit, the Elliott School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to participate in three days of virtual programming, webinars, and community spaces focused on the intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion and international affairs. 

Our theme Pathways to Inclusive Excellence in International Affairs will explore and question existing knowledge and norms within international affairs, highlight our responsibility and commitment to justice, and help us point the way towards a more inclusive global future of international affairs practice.

Schedule of Virtual Events

Please review our schedule of events below and register for as many sessions as your schedule allows. We encourage participants to find at least one session a day, and welcome participation in as many as desired.

Download the Inclusive Excellence Week Workbook (PDF)

Schedule Key

  •  Access and Equity
  •  Campus Climate
  •  Diversity in the Curriculum
  •  Student Learning and Development

Tuesday, April 6, 2021



Race in America Lecture Series Featuring Abby D. Phillip

Kick off Inclusive Excellence Week by supporting our partners in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement for their Race in America Lecture Series. The lecture series will feature a moderated discussion and attendee Q&A with CNN’s senior political correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics Sunday, Abby Phillip. Former reporter for The Washington Post, ABC News, and POLITICO, Abby Phillip is a proud DMV native, born and raised in Bowie, Maryland. Phillip will join the GW community to discuss her personal story and career, living at the intersections of race, gender, and politics, every single day on the frontline. The GW community will learn firsthand about Phillip’s experience covering the White House from Obama to Trump, and information about her first book that will be released in 2022, THE DREAM DEFERRED: Jesse Jackson, Black Political Power, and the Year that Changed America.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021



'Decolonization is Not a Metaphor': Best Practices to Support Indigenous Communities


With ongoing discourse around efforts to "decolonize" classrooms and teaching practices, it's important to remember what the term "decolonization" actually means in the context of the U.S. settler-colonial state. GW's AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy aims to start and sustain campus conversations that move away from superficial soundbites and instead towards genuine understanding, reflection, healing, and allyship. This webinar will explore Native experiences on campus and discuss salient topics such as land acknowledgements, nationhood, Indigenous erasure, and why decolonization is not, and should never be, a simple metaphor.

  • Mackenzie Neal is an enrolled citizen of the Quapaw Nation and currently supports Native youth programming and tribal policy research at the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy at The George Washington University (AT&T CIPP). She earned a B.A. in Government and Global Studies from the College of William & Mary in 2018 and completed additional training in tribal self-determination at the University of Arizona's Native Nations Institute and American University's School of Professional and Extended Studies. Mackenzie is an alumna of AT&T CIPP's Native American Political Leadership Program ('16) and previously worked in public sector consulting and performance management analysis.
  • Carson Rieke (NAPLP Spring '20), He/Him, Native Hawaiian
  • Allissia Bandin (NAPLP Spring '21) She/Her, Tohono O'odham
  • Terance Fields (NAPLP Spring '21) He/Him, Pawnee Nation




Navigating GW Resources to Support Students: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement


Meet the staff from GW’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE) and equip yourselves with the knowledge of our campus resources to best support our students beyond the Elliott School. ODECE supports GW’s strategic priorities and aspirations for academic excellence; facilitate mentoring and leadership development; increase the dissemination and application of knowledge; and build and sustain vital community partnerships. Functional areas and resources include: Diversity and Inclusion Programs, Disability Services, Civic Engagement and Public Service, Multicultural Student Services, and Title IX, and Bias-Incident Reporting. This session will ensure you understand our institutional resources and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how you can best support all of our students.

Partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

Jordan S. West, PhD (she, her, and hers) is the Inaugural Director of University Diversity & Inclusion Programs at The George Washington University in the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement in the Office of the Provost.  In this capacity, Dr. West is responsible for creating and implementing educational opportunities across the institution that inform people, policies, and practices, in order to continue shifting the campus towards a more positive and just climate.  Dr. West also has a faculty appointment in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at GW, and teaches courses on Black Feminist Theory.  Dr. West identifies as a scholar activist and is a formally trained social justice educator and facilitator. Dr. West completed her PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education and received her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women and Gender Studies, both at Syracuse University. Dr. West earned her Master’s degree in College Student Affairs – with an emphasis on social justice in higher education at The Pennsylvania State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park. 

Mike Tapscott (he/him), Director, Multicultural Student Services Center: Michael Raymond Tapscott celebrates his 44th year in university work after short stops at Gallaudet University and Medford High School. He has additional experience at Tufts, American, George Mason, Regent University Graduate School, and almost 18 years at the George Washington University. Mike’s work experience includes teaching, coaching/athletics, physical education, university housing, residence life, cross-training in financial aid and NCAA compliance, undergraduate and graduate admissions, and cultural and academic minority student affairs.

Jacky Baños (she/her) is a Presidential Fellow working in the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement: Jacky works on ODECE's identity development through creating resources and content for the office's social media platforms. Through this, she also hopes to make GW more accessible to its community by facilitating educational opportunities and learning spaces about important social issues and topics related to identity. Jacky also helps ODECE offer support to the GW community by co-sponsoring events with other University Departments and organizations, including the Deep Dive Conversation Series, Diversity Summit and Race in America Lecture Series. She also facilitates unconscious bias workshops for groups across GW. Jacky is from Smyrna, Georgia and is finishing her Master of Public Health in Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. 




Deconstructing Instructional Pedagogies: Building Strategies for Inclusive Teaching


Building on our fall workshops on inclusive teaching strategies, tune in for a presentation on deconstructing instructional pedagogies to inform methods for more inclusive courses. Hear from current Elliott faculty members about how their approach to questioning norms within international affairs impacts their approach to course development.

Partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

  • Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
  • Ingrid Creppell, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
  • Moderator: Rollie Lal, Faculty Co-Chair, ESIA Council on Diversity and Inclusion




Asian Americans and Political Invisibility: Addressing Stereotypes, Racism, and Misogyny with Guided Community Processing Space


Join us for an interactive presentation and community processing space. We will examine, together, recent and historical anti-Asian discrimination and violence in the United States. Topics for discussion may include: Asian Americans as an invisible minority; stereotypes that are framed as “positive” but are actually harmful; and the intersection of racism and misogyny. The presentation will be followed by a space for our community to process and discuss the impacts of recent and historical events.

Partnership with East Asia National Resource Center, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW Institute for Korean Studies, and the Asian Studies Program at the Elliott School

  • Dr. Alexa Alice Joubin teaches and writes about cultural globalization and arts and humanities in the context of international affairs. At GW she is also affiliated with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Part of her work focuses on racial and national histories that connect imaginative writing to performances on stage and on screen. For example, her latest book, Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation, co-edited with Elizabeth Rivlin (Palgrave, 2014), explores the question of ethics in global appropriation of Shakespeare and local cultures. She has served the Asian studies community in her roles as the Vice President of the Association for Asian Performance (AAP), Vice President and President of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS), and book review editor of Chinese Literature Today.
  • Gabriel Young, he/his/him, NaFFAA EPYC Ambassador, Elliott School Diversity Program Assistant: From San Jose, California, Gabriel Young is a current sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences and Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in Political Science and IA. In his freetime, Gabriel is an active community organizer with LEAD Filipino, the FIERCE Coalition, and the National Federation of Filipino-American Alliances.


Thursday, April 8, 2021



Proposals for a More Inclusive Elliott: Policy Memo Competition


The Council on Diversity and Inclusion hosted a policy memo competition for undergraduate and graduate students to identify areas for improvement in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion in International Affairs at Elliott. Each memo provided feedback on aspects of the Elliott School program or discipline needing diversity or reflecting bias. Join us to hear the top four recommendations from our undergraduate and graduate students.

The graduate memo by Tyler Burrell focuses on the importance of studies on disabilities and the undergraduate memo by Ryan Mackler focuses on including courses such as "Economics of Africa" and other regional economics in the international economics curriculum. Anthony Hu will speak on summer undergraduate programs for underrepresented minorities and Nakisa Azizikotenaei on a summer intensive to integrate foreign students into our system better.

Tyler Burrell (she/her/hers), Class of 2022, Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies with a concentration in Transnational Security and a Graduate Certificate in Global Gender Policy

  • Tyler Burrell is a disabled graduate student with interests in defense and security, terrorism (particularly female and child terrorism), gender policy, and disability rights. She uses social media as a means to normalize disability, is a member of The D.C. Student Consortium on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), and aspires to work within the intelligence community as an analyst.

Ryan Mackler (he/him),  Class of 2021, BA in International Affairs and Economics, Minor in Arabic Studies

  • Ryan Mackler is a senior from Lake Mary, Florida. He is currently President of Sigma Iota Rho, the Elliott School's only gender-inclusive honor society for international affairs, and is a member of the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative's Student Advisory Council.

Anthony Hu (he/him), Class of 2023, B.A. in International Affairs

  • Anthony is a first-generation college student and the son of Taiwanese immigrants. Before transferring to GW, he spent a year at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He is also an advising fellow at Matriculate, where he helps other low-income students through college admissions and financial aid processes.

Nakisa Azizi (she/hers), 2023, MIPP

  • Nakisa was born and raised in Iran. She joined an MA program at GW's department of religion in 2015. She worked for advocacy organizations and institutions including Freedom House and Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom. Currently, she is a part-time MA student at the George Washington University studying International Policy and Practice and a full-time employee of GW's Department of Political Science. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mazandaran. 

Moderator: Dr. Rollie Lal (she/hers), Faculty Co-Chair, Elliott School Council on Diversity and Inclusion

  • Rollie Lal is an Associate Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs where she teaches graduate courses on Transnational Security, Foreign Policy, and International Political Economy. Her research focuses on organized crime, terrorism, religious extremism, human rights, China, South Asia, and other areas. Dr. Lal received her Ph.D. in International Relations and her M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and her B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.




Practicing Inclusive Excellence: Case Studies at Elliott


Inclusive excellence requires the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. During this session, you will hear from Elliott staff and faculty about their approach and implementation of initiatives and programs designed to promote inclusive excellence.

Emir Bailey (he/him/his), Program Coordinator, East Asia National Resource Center

  • Emir Bailey is a Howard University Alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and minor in Japanese. During his time at Howard, he studied abroad in Japan at Kanda University of International Studies with IES Abroad. Currently, he is a graduate student at the Graduate School for Education and Human Development (GSEHD) pursuing his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Prior to joining the NRC, he has worked as a communications associate at the School of Law and Medical School, and has interned for the United States-Japan Friendship Commission.

Nicole Campbell, Director of Graduate Admissions 

  • Nicole A. Campbell serves as the Director of Graduate Admissions for the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.  She  has over 20 years of experience working in enrollment management, marketing, and financial aid at both public and private institutions. She earned her Master of Public Administration and her BA in International Studies from American University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Amy Stearns (she/hers), Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising  

  • Amy has worked in academic advising at GW for over ten years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. She lives in Arlington with her husband Josh, daughter Emeline, and stepson Oliver.

Eric Kramon, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

  • Eric Kramon is an assistant professor of political science and international affairs.  He received his PhD in political science from UCLA in 2013, and was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.  Professor Kramon's research focuses on clientelism, ethnic politics, and electoral accountability in new democracies, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  His research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre, the Department for International Development (DfID), and the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) Metaketa initiative, and has been published by or is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Perspectives on Politics.

Marlene Laruelle (she/hers), Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Director, Illiberalism Studies Program; Director, Central Asia Program; Co-Director, PONARS-Eurasia; Research Professor of International Affairs

  • Marlene Laruelle works on the rise of populist and illiberal movements in post-Soviet Eurasia, Europe and the US. Trained in political philosophy, she explores how nationalism and conservative values are becoming mainstream in different cultural contexts. She focuses on Russia's ideological landscape and its outreach abroad. She has been also working on Central Asia's nationhood and regional environment, as well as on Russia's Arctic policy. She has been the Principal Investigator of several grants from the US State Department, the Defense Department, the National Science Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Henry Luce Foundation, etc.

Jonathan Walker (he/him/his), Assistant Dean, Student Services, Diversity, and Inclusion




Reaching Your Professional Goals in Today’s World: Women of Color Navigating Mentorship, Networking, and Careers in International Affairs


Students often ask, “How do I get the job?” You may be wondering how to best identify and connect with mentors, what strategies promote effective networking, and how to find workplaces that welcome your full, authentic selves. Join us for a panel with women of color in international affairs to learn about their experiences navigating their own career paths and some of these critical questions that are still very relevant today. This interactive session will allow participants to have breakout time with our panelists and talk directly with them about their paths, challenges, and successes.

Partnership with Graduate Student Services and Sigma Iota Rho

Desirée Cormier Smith (she/hers), Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Organizations at the State Department

  • Desirée Cormier Smith is the Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, she was the Senior Policy Advisor for Africa, Europe, and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations. In this role, she led the global foundation’s U.S. advocacy strategy and execution on a wide range of human rights issues in these dynamic and diverse issues. From 2015 until 2020, she was the Senior Director with Albright Stonebridge Group’s Africa Practice, where she advised and assisted private and social sector clients on growth strategies across the African continent. Ms. Cormier began her career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State with assignments in Mexico, South Africa, and Washington, D.C. Ms. Cormier is the recipient of four Department of State Meritorious Honor Awards and the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship. 

Emerita Torres, Vice President for Policy Research and Advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York

  • Emerita Torres is a national security and domestic policy expert. She currently serves as the Vice President for Policy, Research and Advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York, a non-profit focused on addressing economic disparities facing low-income communities. Previously, she was the Director of Policy Research and Programs at The Soufan Center, a non-partisan global strategy center focused on national security and foreign policy. From 2009-2019 Emerita served as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, advising senior leaders on human rights, counterterrorism, and multilateral issues, including in Washington, D.C. and U.S. missions in Bogota, Islamabad, Brasilia, and at United Nations in New York City. Emerita has provided expert testimony in Congress and contributed to NPR, Politico, the New York Times, SiriusXM Radio’s Press Pool, PRI Global, and Univision. She was also elected in 2020 as Democratic State Committeewoman in the Bronx.

Kristina Biyad (she/hers), Outreach Manager, Foreign Policy for America and Co-chair, WCAPS SWANA Working Group

  • Kristina Biyad is the Outreach Manager at Foreign Policy for America (FP4A), where she builds support for diplomacy-first foreign policy and principled American engagement in the world. In addition to other positions in academia and the non-profit sector, Kristina previously worked on combatting gender-based violence and sextortion in North Africa with the International Association of Women Judges. She continues to work on these issues as the co-chair of the Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security (WCAPS) South West Asia & North Africa (SWANA) Working Group. Kristina earned an M.A. in International Affairs at the American University School of International Service.

Moderator: Cindy Bae (she/hers), Class of 2021, BA International Affairs, Minor in Political Science

  • Cindy is a senior majoring in international affairs with a concentration in international politics. Currently serving in a leadership role at Sigma Iota Rho, Cindy is passionate about providing mentorship to younger members and strives to be a good resource for members who are also a woman of color. Aspiring to be a foreign service officer, Cindy is interested in constructing a support system for women of color to pursue professional careers in international affairs.




Cultivating Community Through Affinity Spaces: A Conversation with Young Black Professionals in International Affairs


Learn from student leaders who recently formed Young Black Professionals in International Affairs (YBPIA), a professional student organization at the Elliott School who are committed to dedicated to enhancing, promoting, and increasing African and African diaspora (African-American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean) participation, conversation, and perspective in both the Elliott School of International Affairs and the field of international affairs overall. In this interactive session, students will identify the challenges and opportunities they found in creating this group, and answer any questions for peers who are seeking to do the same. This discussion will be moderated by Mike Tapscott, Director of Multicultural Student Services Center, whose career has supported endless student organizations and affinity groups.

Hannah Jackson, Class of 2023, Founder & President of YBPIA

  • Hannah Jackson is a sophomore from Atlanta, GA in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in international affairs with a concentration in international development and Africa. She is committed to creating, preparing, and sustaining a pipeline of African and African Diaspora (African-American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Carribbean) international affairs practitioners to challenge the status quo in the field of international relations through both her major and a student organization she founded in 2020, called Young Black Professionals in International Affairs.

Mya Burrell (she/her/hers), Class of 2023, Co-President of YBPIA

  • Mya Burrell is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in international affairs and economics with a concentration in contemporary cultures and politics and Africa. She is also a student worker for the Humanitarian Action Initiative here at the Elliott school, where she works to cultivate the school’s curriculum, scholarly research, and policy expertise on topics related to Humanitarian Action. She is committed to providing and expanding academic and professional spaces for students of African descent, while promoting the initiatives and goals of YBPIA.

Simeon Parker (he/him), YBPIA Vice President

Simeon Parker is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs pursuing a BA in International Affairs and concentrating in International Environmental Studies. He is also Vice President of the new student organization Young Black Professionals in International Affairs

Mike Tapscott (he/him), Director, Multicultural Student Services Center

  • Michael Raymond Tapscott celebrates his 44th year in university work after short stops at Gallaudet University and Medford High School. He has additional experience at Tufts, American, George Mason, Regent University Graduate School, and almost 18 years at the George Washington University. Mike’s work experience includes teaching, coaching/athletics, physical education, university housing, residence life, cross-training in financial aid and NCA  compliance, undergraduate and graduate admissions, and cultural and academic minority student affairs.  As Director of GW’s Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC), the staff works to influence  university policy and programs that touch the recruitment, retention, persistence, student life  engagement, graduation, and long-term success of under-represented students. Additionally,  the MSSC leads broader comprehensive university efforts to improve the sense of welcome,  belonging, mattering, and lifelong connection to GW for this community of students.  By producing and curating cultural education, diverse, inclusive, and interactive programs, the MSSC energizes student organization interactions across culture, identity, and interests.  The MSSC Building is an essential, stand-alone facility open eighty hours per week, dedicated to cross-cultural exchange, student advocacy, and the best possible campus climate for all. Mike graduated from the Sidwell Friends School, earned a B.A. in History from Tufts University with a minor in Sociology, and attended graduate school at Tufts and American University,  studying higher education administration and communications. His primary identity is husband and dad.




OUT in International Affairs Interest Meeting


"OUT in International Affairs" is an affinity group welcoming Elliott School students at all levels (current and past), professors, and allies who seek to find community and create equal opportunities in the IA world for LGBTQ+ people and their perspectives. We welcome anyone interested in discussing the needs and benefits of an LGBTQ+ affinity group in the Elliott School community, and how sexual and gender diversity strengthens the field of International Affairs- from development to security and all the disciplines in-between.

Amb. Dan Baer, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Student Facilitator: David E. Deulofeu i Antúnez, M.A. Security Policy Studies Candidate


Friday, April 9, 2021



Elliott Student Coalition Building for an Inclusive Community


Calling all students and student leaders to gather for a meaningful discussion about how coalition building fosters an inclusive community at the Elliott School, GW, and beyond. Learn from peers who will share examples and stories of efforts they are part of to facilitate coalition building and participate in interactive discussions to identify community practices and opportunities to continue building coalitions in the future.

Partnership with Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute

Ana Paula "AP" Velasco, she/her/ella, LEAP Film Series Lead and Moderator, GEIA Research Fellow 

  • Ana Paula "AP" Velasco is a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in International Affairs with a minor in Film Studies. She serves as the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Committee Film Lead as well as a Research Fellow for the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs in Elliott. Over her years in Elliott, Ana Paula has also served as the Content Director for TEDxFoggyBottom and spent time as a Communications Intern for Dr. Jill Biden on the Biden for President Campaign. She is currently a Program and Advocacy Assistant at Issue One. 

Gabriel Young, he/his/him, NaFFAA EPYC Ambassador, Elliott School Diversity Program Assistant

  • From San Jose, California, Gabriel Young is a current sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences and Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in Political Science and IA. In his freetime, Gabriel is an active community organizer with LEAD Filipino, the FIERCE Coalition, and the National Federation of Filipino-American Alliances.

Nicolas “Nico” Rios, he/him/his, Cisneros Scholar

  • Born and raised in the American Southwest, Nicolas “Nico” Rios, is a current junior at the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in IA with a concentration in Global Public Health and a minor in Arabic. Nico is a Cisneros Scholar and currently serves as an Admin for the University Honors Program BIPOC Collective as well as Co-Captain for GW’s first Latin Dance Team, GW Fuego.

Betlhame (Betty) Hailu, she/her, CGI U Fellow at the Clinton Global Initiative

  • Betty Hailu is a senior at the Elliott School of International Affairs, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Economics. She is currently a Fellow at the Clinton Global Initiative working on a project about college access to first-generation students at her local high school in Colorado. Her career aspiration is to combine the humanitarian work of international relations with the technical skills and practicality of business to create sustainable and culturally relevant




Navigating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in International Relations Schools: What's Underway


This presentation and conversation will explore state of the art thinking and action to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues in schools of international affairs. The discussion will overview the reasons why schools are transforming their approaches to teaching and learning, as well as their strategies for ensuring an inclusive school culture and a diverse school community. This will be an interactive space for discussion and live questions and answers following the presentation.

Carla Koppell (she/her), Senior Advisor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • Carla Koppell is a Senior Advisor in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Distinguished Fellow for the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security. She leads the Institute's effort engaging deans of international affairs and public policy schools from across the country in discussions around diversity, equity and inclusion.  Koppell recently served as a vice president with the United States Institute for Peace. Prior to that she served as chief strategy officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was appointed USAID’s inaugural senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Koppell also directed the Institute for Inclusive Security, served as deputy assistant secretary for international affairs with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, and worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.




Latinx and Hispanic in International Affairs Affinity Space


Join us for an opportunity to network with students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are part of the Latinx/Hispanic International Affairs community at Elliott!

Facilitator: Gillian Villarroel, First Year Class Representative on the Council for Diversity and Inclusion




Closing Session: Fireside Chat with Dean Ayres and Bishop Garrison


Join us for our concluding keynote after three days of exploration regarding our “Pathways to Inclusive Excellence in International Affairs.” This session will feature a conversation with Bishop Garrison, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense at United States Department of Defense, moderated by the Elliott School’s Dean Alyssa Ayres.

In partnership with the LEAP Initiative.

This event is closed to media and off the record.



Inclusive excellence is the alignment of our systems and practices to ensure:

  • access and equity in all we do and for all members of our community

  • inclusive learning and development

  • a curriculum that is diverse, inclusive, and relevant; and

  • a climate where everyone feels they are not only included but belong.

Each day examines pathways that intersect with these components as they relate to international affairs. The Elliott School’s Diversity Action Plan was developed in alignment with the IE framework. To learn more about the Inclusive Excellence framework and how it is utilized at GW, watch Building Capacity to Promote Inclusive Excellence from GW’s Diversity Summit.

By attending Inclusive Excellence Week, participants will...

  • increase their personal and community commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism;
  • establish a sense of community with Elliott School students, faculty, staff, and alumni;
  • identify disciplinary connections and the value of Inclusive Excellence on international affairs; and 
  • apply their gained skills and knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion into their academic and professional journeys.