Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Columbian College is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for its students, faculty, staff and other members of our community.

Our principles, as established by the university, guide our conduct and decision-making.

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Our Principles

  • Students
    The university is committed to recruiting, admitting and enrolling undergraduate and graduate students drawn from varying backgrounds or identities throughout all schools and departments.
  • Faculty and Staff Workforce
    The university is committed to recruiting, interviewing and hiring faculty, staff and senior administrators drawn from varying backgrounds and identities throughout all departments and schools.
  • Board and Council Membership
    The university’s governing and advisory bodies reflect the rich diversity of our community and the geographic community in which we reside.
  • Community Partners 
    The university shares its commitment to diversity and inclusion with its local, national and international partners and seeks partners that reflect the diversity of our community. Organizations with a proven record of a commitment to diversity and an ongoing demonstration of these values in their governing and employment practices, delivery of products and services and organizational philosophies are given strong consideration in competitive circumstances.
  • Teaching and Research
    Diversity is of vital importance to the university’s intellectual mission. Various perspectives inform GW’s curricular, co-curricular and research endeavors resulting in creative and innovative outcomes and helping attract and retain individuals with diverse backgrounds. In addition, these activities give faculty and students an opportunity to engage in rigorous critical analysis of cultural, ethnic, racial and other related differences.
  • Inclusion
    The university holds its members accountable for sustaining an academic, work and social environment that values open communication, respectful interactions and civility. We have a shared responsibility for the wellbeing of others.


Inclusive Excellence

Kelly Pemberton teaching at the front of a classroom, with content about Islamic mysticism projected behind her



The CCAS Inclusive Excellence Initiative underscores the college’s commitment to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all our faculty, staff and students. The initiative includes new faculty searches aimed at increasing curricular inclusivity and growing the diversity of our ranks.

Inclusive Excellence Initiative


University Resources


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Recommended Reading

A sampling of race-related books recommended by CCAS faculty.

  • So You Want to Talk about race book cover

    So You Want To Talk About Race

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates book cover

    Between the World and Me

  • Book cover for "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

    White Fragility

  • Book Cover for "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi

    How to Be an Antiracist

  • Book cover for "Chocolate City" by Chris Myers Asch

    Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital

  • Book Cover: "Martin & Malcolm & America" by James H. Cone

    Martin & Malcolm & America

  • Book cover of "Lose your Mother" by Saidiya Hartman

    Lose Your Mother

  • Book cover of "the Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead

    The Nickel Boys

  • Book Cover of "The End of Policing" by Alex Vitale

    The End of Policing


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