Empathy is revolutionary. Liberation is revolutionary. Justice is revolutionary. We are revolutionary.


February 20-22, 2024

We welcome all members of the George Washington University to join us from February 20 - 22, 2024 for the in-person 9th Annual Diversity Summit, Defining Revolutionary: A Call for Justice, Liberation & Empathy. This year’s theme challenges us to turn inward to define ourselves together as GW, in space that allows for both a pouring into our community and sharing out from our community in accordance with our intended learning goals.


Register for the Summit

Registration for the 9th Annual Diversity Summit closed on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST.




Keynote Sessions and Speakers


The Promise of Pluralism in Times of Tension

  February 20th, 5:30 p.m.

During times of tension and conflict, how can college and university campuses be leaders in modeling pluralism – an approach to engaging diversity that involves respecting diverse identities, building relationships, and cooperating across even our deepest differences?  Two senior leaders from Interfaith America – one Muslim, one Jewish – will share their personal experiences as bridge builders who have been deeply impacted by the ongoing violence in Gaza and Israel and yet model empathy in their friendship and work across cultural, religious, and political differences. Through both personal and campus-based stories, they will explore the complexity and opportunity of bridge building in this moment and highlight the unique role of college campuses as laboratories for engaging positively across deep differences.


Jenan Mohajir

Jenan Mohajir

Vice President of External Affairs, Interfaith America

Rebecca Russo

Rebecca Russo

Senior Director of Higher Education Strategy, Interfaith America



What it Takes to Bloom: Black Trans Lives & The Journey to Liberation

  February 21st, 6:00 p.m.

Living authentically and as your full self in a world that was not designed with you in mind can feel like you're constantly taking a risk.  Black trans women are often experiencing higher rates of mistreatment, discrimination, and violence against them for being Black, trans, and women.  During Black History Month and knowing the increase in bills, laws, and policies being passed against Black people and trans people, hosting Raquel Willis during the 9th Annual Diversity Summit could not be more timely.  This keynote will invite attendees into Raquel's story and journey toward liberation as a Black trans activist.  Attendees will be invited to explore their own journey toward liberation and consider how they show up with and for Black trans women in the fight for justice. 

Raquel Willis

Raquel Willis

Award-winning activist, journalist, media strategist, iHeartMedia executive producer, and podcast host


Responding to Today’s Threats Against DEI in Higher Education

  February 22nd, 12:00 p.m.

The closing session will address the current threats against DEI, race-conscious admissions processes, banned books, and free expression in higher education, exploring the impact of these topics on higher education and the ways institutions could and should be combating these efforts.






Defining Revolutionary: A Call for Justice, Liberation & Empathy

We call on the engagement of our community at this moment, perhaps more than ever, to consider empathy, liberation, and justice. As we collectively experience the substantial loss of life, anti-Arab discrimination and bias, antisemitism, Islamophobia, ongoing oppression toward those most historically marginalized, feelings of hurt and lack of safety, and a reinforcement of power in many ways, we must call actions out, bring attention to injustices, and work toward liberation for all. We have an obligation to repair where harm has been done, restore trust and relationships, and work toward building a collective, healthy, and beloved community. From conflict to compassion, we need to strive toward creating the world we want and deserve. We have to be willing to seek the humanity in other people, challenge ourselves to understand another point of view, and empower each other to disrupt and push against all forms of oppression.

In this moment, we need to grow our capacity to empathize, work toward liberation for all, and fight for justice. These acts are in fact revolutionary. Indigenous scholar, activist, and artist Lilla Watson said, “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Activists, scholars, and change makers strategically work in coalition, with the understanding that our inequities and oppressions are intrinsically tied. GW, let us work together during dedicated space and time at the Diversity Summit, as one university.

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Learning Goals for Diversity Summit Attendees

  1. To deepen their understanding and meaning of revolutionary, connected to the history of activism and social change
  2. To form new knowledge related to current events impacting the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  3. To learn definitions of liberation and justice from various identities and perspectives
  4. To increase emotional intelligence, particularly related to building their capacity to empathize with individuals different from themselves
  5. To determine concrete actionable items for them to implement positive social change at GW and beyond
  6. To establish new opportunities for collaboration and coalition building within the GW community



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