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.

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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. 

Diversity Highlights

Multicultural Connection Workshop Series Launch

On February 18th the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted the first in a series of planned Multicultural Connection Workshops for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Workshop "A Conversation with GW-SON ABSN Alumni" was a forum for networking and mentorship where alumni answered questions, shared their experiences and offered advice. Alumni who participated in this event: Dr. Carolyn Allen, DNP, AGN-BC, CRNP-F, Debbie Awwad, RN, Stacia Moreno, RN, DNP Student GW SON, Phillip Thomas, RN, Isoke Baptiste, RN, AGPCNP-BC


Multicultural Connection speakers/presenters


Implicit Bias

Dr. Sandra Davis, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presented a Workshop on Understanding Implicit Bias for ABSN Clinical Faculty. The session provided insights into how our minds operate in order to understand the origins of Implicit Bias.  Evidence-based findings guided the audience through interconnections between inequities in health care, structural determinants of health and implicit bias. Faculty reflected on their own implicit biases while considering the consequences and exploring opportunities to re-direct.


Illustration of two heads filled with gears that overlap; Implicit Bias


GW Nursing Discusses Diversity Statement

On Jan 22nd in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. faculty, staff and students participated in a discussion about what the School of Nursing Diversity Statement meant to them and how they are living it.


Dr. King with quote, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

SON Diversity presented at 5th Annual Diversity Summit

The presentation highlighted The Multicultural Café in the School of Nursing. It is a space where culturally and linguistically diverse populations come together to: exchange individual stories and experiences, learn from each other and create a supportive environment.  Presenters included Hannah Hahn, Denise Bridges, Christine Martin and Dr. Sandra Davis.


GW Nursing presented at Diversity Summit

Diversity Events

Multicultural Connection Workshop Series

The Multicultural Connection is a series of workshops to promote interactions between students, faculty, staff and alumni, provide networking opportunities, foster mentorship, and support the values of GW Nursing.


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Multicultural Café

The Multicultural Café is a safe and inclusive space where all students, faculty and staff can come together.  At the Café, culturally and linguistically diverse populations in GW Nursing exchange their individual stories and experiences to learn from each other and to create a supportive environment. A multicultural space allows the opportunity to collaborate and gain strength from those who may share a common identity while at the same time promoting intercultural discourse and connection with the entire GW community.


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Inclusive Educational Environments

The Faculty Development Series for Inclusive Educational Environments is being held this semester as part of the ACC and PPS meetings. It is a forum for faculty to share how they are promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in their teaching, research/scholarship and service.

In January Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PMHNP/CNS-BC presented Improving the Health of Sexual and Gender minority Populations: A Report from the National Nursing LGBTQ Health Summit.  In February, Whitney Hodges Shanley, MSN, BSN, RN, FNP-C presented Teaching Culture.


Dr. King with quote, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."



Sandra Davis
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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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.

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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"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."
Sandra Davis
Assistant Dean
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion