As a leader in embracing diversity, the staff of the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion works from the paradigm that academic excellence and diversity are inextricably linked. We believe that diversity benefits all members of the academic enterprise. As such, the efforts and initiatives of the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion are focused on promoting a positive institutional culture and climate, and creating a community of excellence where all are welcomed.
The GW SMHS Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion Highlights
To ensure all members of the SMHS community understand their rights around gender equality and sexual harassment, the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a “Lunch and Learn” session on Title IX.
Dayna Bowen Matthew discussed the impact of implicit racial and ethnic bias on health equity at the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. lecture
As the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) reaffirms the importance of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey S. Akman, MD, vice president for Health Affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and SMHS dean, is working to align the school’s strategies with GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc’s vision for the university.
Shawneequa Callier, JD, MA, Receives NIH Genome Recognition Award for Efforts in Promoting Diversity & Inclusion
Leaders from across Washington, D.C. came together to attend the 5th annual GW Rodham Institute Summit to discuss health equity in the District. Those on the front lines of making quality, compassionate health care accessible to all had the opportunity to hear from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on this year’s theme, “Building and Strengthening Resilience in the Community.”
David Acosta, MD, chief diversity and inclusion officer at the AAMC, discussed racial barriers in academic medicine in a special Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, co-sponsored by the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The main gym at Catholic University of America on Sept. 29 was a cacophony of laughter and chatter as health care professionals and students provided health services and education for young Special Olympics athletes.
Dr. Raya Elfadel Kheirbek was published in Health Affairs about her experience as a Syrian American physician caring for a veteran who originally refused care from his presumed Middle Eastern doctor
SMHS hosts the year-long program, Upward Bound, which provides access and exposure for local high school students who will be the first-generation of college students in their families.
More than a dozen students from Washington, D.C., were selected to participate in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s DC Health and Academic Preparation Program.