December 5, 2023
Dear GW Business Community,

In this, my final monthly DEI update as interim chief diversity officer, I would like to share some personal reflections on where we stand and where we have left to go.

Last month, I mentioned some of the positive reports we’ve received regarding diversity at the school of business. For example, having a full-time M.B.A. program with majority women enrollment for the past four years, and achieving gender parity across graduate and undergraduate programs.
Of course, in addition to admitting a diverse student body, staff, and faculty, we must also realize the benefits of such diversity. Instilling trust, maintaining civility despite our differences and strengthening a sense of inclusion and belonging for all will continue to take our collective efforts. Thankfully, because of our diverse community, there are daily opportunities for each of us to do this. Let's celebrate our diversity but also look ahead to do more so that we may all succeed together.
Upcoming DEI Events
Tuesday, December 5 - “Woman, Life, Freedom” – The Role of Unity in Advancing Democracy in Iran, is a conversation with Nazanin Boniadi, actress and human and women’s rights activist, hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Wednesday, December 6 - Leadership and Challenges: A Conversation on Gender Equality with Hana Brixi, global gender director at the World Bank, is also hosted by the Elliott School.
Sunday, December 10 - Human Rights Day - This date will mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly that for the first time outlined human rights that are to be protected around the world. “Freedom, Equality and Justice for All,” is the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day observance.
Tuesday, December 12 - Accelerating Indigenous Tourism Development – Building on NATIVE Act Success is an inaugural event for the Distinguished Indigenous Tourism Leaders Lecture Series, hosted by the International Institute of Tourism Studies and the Indigenous Tourism Collaborative of the Americas (ITCA).
Coming up in February. Please mark your calendars for our annual Diversity and Allyship Week, co-sponsored by the Fowler Career Center and the Dean’s Diversity Council, February 5 to 9, 2024. The activities will include a George Talks Business session, a virtual panel discussion, and networking and alumni events.
Finally, I am grateful to Dean Mehrotra, Dr. Senay Agca, each of the 18 faculty and staff serving on the Diversity Council, and to the many members of our community who’ve participated in DEI events. All of you make our community stronger and our business school better. Thank you.
All the best!    
Leo Moersen, JD, CPA (He/Him)
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Associate Professor of Accountancy and Business Law
School of Business
George Washington University
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