April 6, 2023

Dear Colleagues:

April is the month to celebrate diversity, observe Arab American heritage month, raise awareness to sexual assault, and to volunteer! We will also have a Teaching Workshop on Accessible Teaching on April 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT - please mark your calendars.  
Celebrate Diversity Month
In April, we celebrate diversity and the uniqueness each of us brings to our community. Let’s take some time and reflect on the diversity around us and appreciate the multitude of richness we all bring to our community by who we are, how we live, what we believe in, how we look, and many other aspects that makes us who we are. Let’s respond to all around us with empathy, and compassion and foster an understanding of each other.

Arab American Heritage Month
This year, President Biden proclaimed April as Arab American Heritage Month. Let’s reflect this month on the contributions of Arab Americans to our society. As stated in President Biden’s proclamation
“This Arab American Heritage Month, let us all strive to honor our fundamental values and advance equity and opportunity for all people, affirming once again that diversity is our country’s greatest strength.”

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 
In April, we raise awareness of sexual assault. The theme this year is Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity. The first Tuesday of every April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action. There are many opportunities in this month at GW to take action, participate in an event, and increase awareness on sexual assault. Here is more details on sexual assault awareness month.
Global Volunteer Month
This month is also Global Volunteer Month. As indicated by the Point of Light, “The solution to each problem that confronts us begins with an individual who says, "I can help.” Let’s work on a cause that we care, bring our community together, and be a force of change in our community and society at large.

Teaching Workshop – Accessible Teaching – April 19, 12-1 p.m. EDT
We will have the opportunity to learn how to have a more accessible course and classroom experience. Format is hybrid and here is the Zoom link for virtual attendees. Lunch is provided when registering. For in person, please register here by Monday, April 17th (Location: Funger 320). Thanks to Stuart Levy, Homayoun Khamooshi, and the DEI Council - DEI Teaching and Research Working Group for organizing this event.
Have a wonderful April, enjoy the cherry blossoms, and reflect on the richness this month brings to us on so many fronts!

I would like to end my note with a video on Celebrating Diversity through Art.

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Şenay Ağca, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Chief Diversity Officer
Chair, Dean’s Diversity Council 
George Washington University School of Business
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