Undergraduate students recite a ceremonial oath during orientation

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Changing U.S. demographics, diversity-focused health care systems and persistent health inequities — both domestic and international — are the forces that spurred an initiative accelerating and expanding our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. 

Led by Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sandra Davis, our strategic and evaluation plans are centered on the themes of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and are tailored to focus on four areas: leadership and accountability; recruitment and retention; social transformation; and education, research, scholarship and service.

Diversity Statement

We cultivate excellence in teaching and learning, research and service through equal access to resources, opportunities and advancement for all members of our community. We foster a culture in which we acknowledge, discuss and address privilege to increase success among marginalized people. Our community commits to engaging in the dynamic process of promoting equity and social justice.

  • Kimberly Acquaviva
  • Erin Athey
  • David Biglari
  • Kristen Cabrera
  • Sandra Davis
  • Karen Dawn
  • Maritza Dowling
  • Adriana Glenn
  • Hannah Hahn
  • Dana Hines
  • Karen Kesten
  • Jackie Wavelet
  • Karen Wyche

Acquaviva, K., and Mintz, M.  (2010). Are we teaching racial profiling?: The dangers of subjective determinations of race and ethnicity in case presentations. Academic Medicine, 85 (4): 702-705. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20354391/

Davis, S. & Chapa, D. (2015). Social determinants of health: Knowledge to effective action for change. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(4), 424-429. http://www.npjournal.org/article/S1555-4155(15)00100-2/abstract

Wyche, K. F., & Miles-Cohen, S. (in press). SES, social class, subjective social status and subjective well-being: Examples of women’s  appraisals of their health and work. In C. Travis & J. White (Eds). Handbook of the psychology of women. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

The Social Determinants of a Heart Healthy Community: A Photovoice Project

The overall goal of this project was to engage middle-school students in a participatory action project to provide them with an early understanding of the connections between the social environment, policy and a heart health community. Social and environmental factors, such as education, housing, places to exercise and healthy places to eat all matter when it comes to heart disease and risk factors for heart disease.  Underserved and underrepresented populations, especially African Americans, suffer a disproportionate burden of heart disease morbidity and mortality.  Heart disease is preventable yet, it prevails as the leading cause of death in the United States. 

Nineteen middle-school students enrolled in the AnBryce Saturday Institute, held at the Thurgood Marshall Public Charter School in Southeast, D.C. (Ward 8), participated in the project.  With the George Washington University Accelerated Bachelors of Arts (ABSN) students as teachers and facilitators, the middle-school students learned about social determinants of health, risk factors for heart disease and heart disease prevention. The students received cameras, went into their neighborhoods and photographed the facilitators and barriers to a heart healthy community.  Through photography, critical group dialogue and collaborative analysis the middle-school students were able to reflect on their community’s strengths and concerns by identifying the social determinants that promote or hinder a heart healthy community.  In addition, students learned that they can and should have a voice in influencing policy and what happens in their communities by writing letters to their local and state policy makers.

The Photovoice Project will be on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in May 2019.

Principal Investigator: Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC

Co-Investigators: Karen Dawn, DNP, PHCNS-BC, CDE and Adriana Glenn, PhD, FNP-BC

The Photovoice Project was supported by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation/Astellas Heart Health Through the Age Span Award Program and funded by a charitable donation from Astellas.

Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn Session: Good for the Gander - Cultivating Inclusion in Higher Education

Date: April 18, 2019

Presenter: Callie Stezar, M.A., GW Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute

Past Events

Lunch and Learn Session: Valuing Diversity at the Interpersonal Level

Date: February 7, 2019

Presenter: Hannah Hahn, M.Ed./Academic Advisor

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Lunch and Learn Session: A Conversation about Neurodiversity

Date: March 21, 2019

Presenter: AJ Link, 2nd year student, GW School of Law

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Diversity Highlights

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Recognized for Diversity, 2018 HEED Award Recipient

In recognition of its commitment to diversity, GW Nursing was awarded the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Students at the Celebration for Diversity event

Celebration of Diversity

On February 25, 2019 the School of Nursing held its Celebration of Diversity. This event recognized GW Nursing's receipt of the HEED Award, unveiled the GW Nursing Diversity statement and raised awareness of the social determinants of health that influence healthcare outcomes in the DC/MD/VA region.

GW Nursing attends NADOHE Conference

GW Nursing Attends NODOHE Conference

The National Organization of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education by supporting collective efforts to lead institutions toward Inclusive Excellence. The theme for the 2019 conference was Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Imperatives of the 21st Century: Leading with Purpose, Courage and Vision.


"It is important that students are educated in learning environments that are representative of the diverse population they will serve and where their assumptions are challenged and perspectives broadened."

Dr. Sandra Davis

Assistant Dean
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion