Diversity Program Review Team

Letter of Support from Provost Christopher Alan Bracey

The George Washington University is home to a vibrant community of scholars and employees hailing from all around the world – we are a truly global university. In our classrooms, research spaces, and offices, we are challenged and strengthened by a diversity of thought, experience, and perspective, enabling us to gain a deeper understanding of the world and our own community.

We have a shared responsibility to ensure that our university is nondiscriminatory and harassment-free, and that all members of our community feel welcome to learn, teach, and work to their fullest potential in an inclusive and equitable environment. GW has at times fallen short of this goal, and we have more work to do. As we witness continued bias, discrimination, racism, and other forms of oppression across the country and around the world, we must do everything we can to identify, acknowledge, and work to end, through informed action, any such inequities affecting members of our community. 

With the Diversity Program Review Team, we are now taking another significant step toward positive change and building a more inclusive environment, amplifying the voices and experiences of all members of our community. The engagement of the entire community will be critical as we undertake this collaborative, university-wide, and transparent initiative.


In January 2021, the university embarked on a process to review, understand, and take action towards becoming the most inclusive campus possible for all members of the GW community. The Office of the Provost announced that it would conduct a diversity audit and invited organizations to submit proposals to support and guide us through the audit process.  After reviewing the submissions, Provost Bracey determined that a better approach would be to utilize GW community members to conduct a comprehensive review of our efforts to impact diversity, equity, and inclusion among our student, staff, and faculty cohorts. 

In partnership with the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE), led by Caroline Laguerre-Brown, we developed a diversity program review proposal and timeline that prioritizes the voices and experiences of all members in our community. In addition to significant involvement from students, staff, faculty, and the Board of Trustees, the draft proposal includes a thorough review of current policies and practices, focus groups and interviews, and an external review by a selected board of scholars leading this type of work nationally. This independent evaluation will be critical in informing our efforts moving forward. The university intends to review the findings and recommendations advanced by the review process, and develop a diversity action plan that includes goals, action items, and regular assessments to track our progress. 


The GW Diversity Program Review Team (DPRT) will be appointed by the Provost and will be tasked with conducting a campus diversity, equity, and inclusion program review and producing a final report rooted in data and scholarship. That review will also include a fresh look and analysis of the benefits of student diversity at GW and its contributions to the educational environment. The review process will be a collaborative, university-wide, and transparent initiative to determine progress made and areas of opportunity, and to propose long-term ways to address structural issues impacting members of our community. The DPRT’s work will be grounded in campus climate research and scholarship, and an anti-racist and intersectional framework that uplifts all voices and experiences, while critically examining our policies, practices, and procedures.

The phases of the review process will include the following:

Phase I: Establish the Diversity Program Review Team, chaired by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and reporting to Provost Bracey
Phase II: Collaboratively determine areas of focus and collect appropriate data
Phase III: Launch a campus-wide diversity climate survey
Phase IV: Create reports and executive summaries describing areas of focus, including themes, areas of opportunity, and recommendations informed by quantitative & qualitative data
Phase V: Host GW community-wide forums
Phase VI: Engage a nominated external review team to review and assess the DPRT's work and make recommendations
Phase VII: Submit concrete action plan forward for university leadership, including specific deliverables, timeline, and resources needed


The DPRT will be the main working group for the diversity program review. We will also engage a broader group of constituents through the use of several advisory councils that include deans, students, faculty, and staff.



Spring 2022

  • Presentations and sessions for DPRT

  • Sub-groups meet to determine and finalize plan

  • Climate survey administered


Summer 2022

  • Fall data collection planning
  • Report development and writing


Fall 2022

  • Data collection and review


Spring 2023

  • Community forums on survey results
  • Draft reports completed by sub-groups and comprehensive report compiled
  • External review of comprehensive DPR reports begins


Summer/Fall 2023

  • External review of comprehensive DPR report concludes
  • Recommended diversity action plan submitted to leadership

Community Engagement

Climate Survey

As a critical step in its fact-finding process, the Diversity Program Review Team, in collaboration with the Office of Survey Research and Analysis, created a climate survey to gather information about the current university climate related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. The survey closed on Friday, May 27, 2022. 

On March 7 and March 8, 2023, Provost Bracey and Vice Provost Laguerre-Brown hosted community forums to share high-level findings from the climate survey and gather feedback from the community regarding the results.

Climate Survey Findings




Please submit feedback regarding the climate survey findings via the feedback form:



Thursday, March 9, 2023Diversity Program Review Climate Survey Findings Suggest Paths Forward

Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2023: Community Forums Held to Share Climate Survey Findings

Monday, March 6, 2023Diversity Program Review Climate Survey Identifies GW’s Strengths, Opportunities

Friday, February 24, 2023: Diversity Program Review Climate Survey Community Forums to Take Place in March

Friday, May 27, 2022: GW Climate Survey Closed

Tuesday, April 19, 2022: GW Climate Survey Now Open

Monday, April 18, 2022: Diversity Program Review Climate Survey Opens Tuesday, April 19

Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Announcing the Diversity Program Review Team



The Diversity Program Review Team will continue to review the survey results, the community’s feedback, and other tools and sources of information in order to inform their final recommendations for the diversity action plan. A group of external reviewers will review the recommendations and provide feedback on the DPRT’s recommendations.

Team Membership

Central Team

Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost, Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (Chair)

Jordan West, Associate Vice Provost, Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement

Faculty Sub-Group

Jennifer James, Co-Chair; Director, Africana Studies Program and Associate Professor of English, CCAS

Forrest Maltzman, Co-Chair; Professor of Political Science, CCAS

Lorena A. Barba, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, SEAS

Cheryl Beil, Associate Provost, Academic Planning and Assessment

Don Braman, Associate Professor of Law, GW Law

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, Professor of International Affairs, International Business, and Public Policy & Public Administration, ESIA

Candice Chen, Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management, GWSPH

Wendy Ellis, Assistant Professor in Global Health and Director of the Center for Community Resilience, GWSPH

Kathleen Griffith, Assistant Dean, PhD Program in Nursing; Associate Professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, SON

Emily Hammond, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of Law, GW Law

Yolanda Haywood, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Faculty Affairs; Co-chair, The Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC); Professor of Emergency Medicine, SMHS

Shaista Khilji, Professor of Human and Organizational Learning & International Affairs, GSEHD

Irene Oh, Chair, Religion Department and Associate Professor of Religion, CCAS

Howard Straker, Director, Physician Assistant/MPH Program and Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, SMHS

Sarah Wagner, Professor of Anthropology, CCAS

Student Sub-Group

Mike Williams, Chair; Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, SON

Kate Carpenter, SMPA '23

Imani Cheers, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs, CCAS

Colette Coleman, Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Stephen Forssell, Director, LGBT Health Policy & Practice, CCAS

Abigail Francis, Executive Secretary of Academic Affairs, Student Association, CCAS/ESIA

Jay Goff, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Student Success

Emily A. Lou, GW Presidential Fellow, MPH Candidate, GWSPH '23

Jendi Samai, J.D. Candidate, GW Law '23

Tanya Vogel, Director, Athletics

Yan Xu, Vice President, Student Association, ESIA '24

Christian Zidouemba, President, Student Association, ESIA

Staff Sub-Group

Natasha Kazeem, Chair; Executive Associate Dean, Operations & Chief Operating Officer, GWSPH

Amy Cohen, Executive Director, Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service

S'Monita Jackson, Associate Vice President, Financial Management Divisions

Sabrina Minor, Vice President & Chief People Officer

Pilar Segura Little, Graduate Consultant & Dean's Diversity Council, F. David Fowler Career Center, GWSB

Mafona Shea, Human Resource Management and Development, CCAS and LAI

Jessica Tischler, Assistant Vice President, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Access


Advisory Councils

  • Administrator Council
  • Deans Advisory Council
  • Faculty Advisory Council
  • Student Advisory Council
  • Staff Advisory Council
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement Leadership Team
  • Collaborative for Inclusive Excellence



Please email [email protected] with any questions.