Black History Month and Diversity & Allyship Week
Black History Month and Diversity & Allyship Week
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February 3, 2023

Dear Students:
I would like to primarily dedicate this update to Black History Month, and Diversity and Allyship Week (February 6-10, 2023).
Our Diversity and Allyship week opening event is George Talk Business with KPMG CDO Elena Richards on Monday, February 6 from 1:00 - 1:45 p.m., in the Jack Morton Auditorium. You can find Richard's interview in GW Today. As Richards indicated in her interview “Each and every one of us must ask ourselves what we are doing each and every day to make sure that our teams feel included, that they have the opportunity to be successful and help people reach their highest potential.” Further details about this in-person event are provided below. We look forward to seeing you in this event. 
Black History Month and Solidarity with Black and Brown People
This month we celebrate Black History Month. As expressed by W.E.B. Du Bois "Black people should be proud of their heritage and [that] all Americans should understand the largely overlooked achievements of Black Americans." This month allows us to increase our awareness and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans to our society.
I would also like to express that we are in solidarity with all Black and Brown people who are witnessing yet another fatal killing as we witnessed what happened to Tyre Nichols. We will continue to advocate for strengthening the diversity, equality, and inclusiveness of our collective spaces, and ensuring that everyone—no matter what race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation they may have—feels not only welcomed but supported and at home within our community at the GW School of Business.
To celebrate Black History Month, we have two insightful events:
February 8: Blacks at Microsoft Panel Please see the details below under "Diversity and Allyship Week."
February 24: Seminar by Professor Ashleigh Shelby Rosette on “Intersectionality: Connecting Gender with Race at Work” (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. SEH B1220 (Lehman Auditorium). This evebt is co-sponsored by GW-BRIDGE (Building Research Interdisciplinarily to Advance Gender Equity), which is led by Professor Sharon Hill. Find more details and RSVP for the event online.
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Diversity and Allyship Week (February 6-10, 2023)
We are looking forward to seeing you in these events that bring our community together and allow us to learn and increase our awareness on diversity, equity, inclusion and allyship. The details and registrations are on the Diversity & Allyship Week webpage. 
Monday, February 6
George Talks Business with KMPG CDO, Elena Richards 
We will open Diversity and Allyship Week with a special session of our George Talks Business series, featuring Elena Richards, principal and chief diversity and inclusion officer at KPMG. I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to this conversation. Caroline Laguerre-Brown, J.D., vice provost for diversity, equity, and community engagement for our GW community, will also provide welcome remarks. Ms. Richards will discuss a variety of topics with Dean Mehrotra, including her role as a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), the importance of diversity in driving innovation, and more. The session will be held from 1:00 -1:45 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium. 
Leveraging Your Study Abroad Intercultural Skills to Launch Your Career
This panel will explore the study abroad experience with Stacie Berdan, an international careers expert and award-winning author. Stacie Berdan and a panel of GW study abroad alumni will address how study abroad helps in developing intercultural skills and enhancing career and personal growth prospects. The panel will be held in Duquès Hall, Room 453 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET.  
Tuesday, February 7 
Fireside Chat: Fostering an Inclusive Community
and Elevating Allyship
During this event, attendees will get to hear experiences and perspectives on allyship from both the corporate and research lens. Our panelists, Christine Brown-Quinn, Margaret Ormiston and David Azulay, will explore questions such as, what does inclusion and allyship look like when it is valued at the organizational and personal level? How can we increase our self-awareness about biases and do our part as Allies to address issues when they arise? The moderator is Samir Iqbal, Vice President of Inclusion for the GW Undergraduate Business Association. The panel will be held virtually on Zoom, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, February 8
Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Panel and Networking Event 
Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend an event with the Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) organization. BAM was Microsoft's first employee resource group, and was founded more than 30 years ago. During this event, students will hear additional background about BAM, and engage in discussions about DEI initiatives and advancing in professional workplace settings. Alum Ryan Jones (MBA ‘08), a board member for BAM, will be a featured speaker, along with a representative from the GW Black MBA Association. The panel will be held from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception, both in Duquès Hall, Room 150 (Crain Center). 
Thursday, February 9
Diversity Recruiting Roundtable Breakfast
The F. David Fowler Career Center is hosting this breakfast, which will feature representatives from invited employers who will engage with students regarding organizational DEI and ways to integrate DEI initiatives into workplace cultures. The breakfast will be in the City View Room, located on the seventh floor of 1957 E Street, NW, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Friday, February 10
Graduate Industry Roundtable Event (virtual)
Diversity and Allyship Week will wrap up with our graduate industry roundtables. Industry roundtables offer our students an opportunity to engage in small group discussions around topics related to their career and industry interests and professional development, joined by alumni and other discussion leaders who share their knowledge and insight. For this roundtable event, students will also explore questions related to DEI. This event will be virtual from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET.

We are looking forward to seeing you in the Diversity and Allyship Week events. Your engagement in these events helps to nurture a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone feels included, supported, and empowered to succeed. 

Women in STEM

GW is hosting an event on Tuesday, February 7 in Science and Engineering Hall to celebrate Women in STEM together with the Embassies of France, Germany and Italy in Washington and the Children’s National Research Institute. See additional details and register for Women in STEM events online.
I would like to finish my note with a commemorative stamp collection issued in 2005 - To Form a More Perfect Union – Seeking Equal Rights for African Americans. Details on the background of the issuance of this commemorative stamp collection can be found on the USPS website and on the Smithsonian Institute website.

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