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Student Experience




GW students deserve a positive and cohesive experience that begins during the admissions process, continues through their careers on campus and culminates with their transition to alumni status. Built on a foundation of integrity, creativity and openness to the exploration of new ideas, the university aims to foster a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity. 




  • Goal 1: Identify four to five areas in apparent need of improvement and begin to develop and make improvements immediately. (Complete; See Initiative Accomplishments)
  • Goal 2: Collaborate with the Board of Trustees’ Student Experience Task Force to gather student, faculty and staff feedback to establish principles to guide GW in its efforts to improve the student experience. (Complete; See Initiative Accomplishments - Community)
  • Goal 3: Continually identify, deliver, and measure improvements to the student experience to support six Guiding Principles:
    • Community: We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community where all students and their perspectives and experiences are respected and valued.
    • Academics: We are committed to cultivating our students' intellectual growth by enabling exploration of the university’s comprehensive curriculum and academic opportunities. We value collaboration between faculty and students in creating new knowledge. We see our students as lifelong learners and change agents.
    • Safety & Well-Being: We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promotes the health, safety and well-being of all students. We strive to support and empower students in their individual experiences.
    • Financial: We are committed to providing all GW students with access to an experience that reflects affordability, value and transparency.
    • Service: We are committed to creating a culture that reflects a student-centered approach to our services and operations.
    • FacilitiesWe are committed to a well maintained and intentionally designed physical infrastructure, recognizing the important roles that our space and facilities play in fostering student learning and community.


Initiative Accomplishments

GW Creates Mentorship Program

The Office of Student Life created the THRIVE mentorship program for 2020-2021. Trained volunteer guides shared their time and GW knowledge with incoming first-year students to further the mission of orienting, connecting, and supporting the student experience. Interactions focused on building interpersonal skills, career advice, supporting student wellness, and professional and leadership development.

The GW Residence Hall Association Adapts Approach
The RHA maintained an entirely virtual presence during the Fall 2020 semester. For Spring 2021, RHA returned to an on-campus programming model to serve our increased residential population, creating community in our residence halls.

GW to Add More Resident Advisors and Support for Fall 2019
To improve students’ residential life experience, GW will add more than two dozen resident advisors, as well as staff and faculty support roles, while offering more student programming and strengthening peer-to-peer relationships in residence halls.

GW Creates New Living and Learning Communities on Mount Vernon Campus
More than 100 members of the Class of 2023 will be a part of the first cohorts of the sustainability and global connections living and learning communities on the Vern. These new programs will connect students based on common academic interests and help build on existing living and learning communities on the Vern.

SEAS Launches Center for Women in Engineering
The program aims to help women reach their fullest potential in engineering.  

Online Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Module Launched
The new, interactive online module will help GW students learn about diversity, equity and inclusion and GW’s expectations for its community. The module is required for all current and incoming first-year undergraduate students.

New Student Orientation Revamped for Fall 2019 
New Student Orientation will now occur in August as one consolidated session immediately prior to the fall semester. The new orientation will focus on integrating first-year and transfer students and their families into the university community.

New District Connections Program Launches for Spring 2019
Weekly cultural and intellectual activities around D.C., led by faculty, staff and students, will give first-year students a “gateway” to the District.

Presidential Distinguished Event Series Announced
The initiative will connect GW students with complimentary tickets to hear from renowned speakers and performers.

GW Launches First-Year, First-Generation Residential Community
Started in fall 2018, the living community brings together first-generation students on a residential floor to live, learn and grow together in their first year at GW. The goal is for the residential community to foster connections among students and provide them with dedicated resources and opportunities to manage their transition to college.

Diversity Initiatives Mark Significant Progress
GW hired a diversity and inclusion training director, is implementing mandatory diversity training and launched a website for reporting incidents of bias.

Inside GW Offers More Personalized Experience
GW implemented a new model for its “Inside GW” admitted student experience, bringing hundreds of prospective members of the class of 2022 to campus each weekday and one Saturday in April.

Guiding Principles and Emerging Goals Defined
Using insight gained from the Board of Trustees Student Experience listening tours, the Task Force developed six guiding principles, each with a set of emerging goals.

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Student Experience Task Force Launched
To gain specific insight into the student experience and identify potential areas of improvement, the Board of Trustees’ Student Experience Task Force has hosted a series of discussion sessions—nine between November 2017 and February 2018—with undergraduate students. The task force will use insight gained from these discussions to develop a set of guiding principles that will offer the university direction in its ongoing work to enhance the student experience.


DSA Welcomes Additional 1,000 Students to Campus
In spring 2021, staff members from across the division collaborated with university partners to provide in person, socially-distanced and COVID-safe student engagement opportunities, enhanced COVID safety protocols and policies in the residence halls, and increased access to on- campus services and facilities, while providing virtual engagement and remote services to the entire student population.

Counseling and Psychological Services Develops COVID-19 Toolkit
The toolkit included short videos created by CAPS staff, a comprehensive list of mental health websites, free or low cost virtual support spaces for students, hotlines/helplines, and additional GW resources. The team also created population-specific COVID-19 self-help resources.

Student Health Ambassadors (SHA) Served as Representatives on the CARE and Student Support Team
The team positively reinforced and educated their peers on best practices and GW guidelines related to COVID-19 and provided assistance to on-campus students in isolation or quarantine by delivering food and packages.

GW Libraries and Innovation Launches Instructional Core at Teaching Day

New unit will provide a single destination for instructors in search of teaching solutions and continual improvement of course delivery and learning outcomes.

New GW Innovation+Entrepreneurship Lab Opens October 2019

Managed by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the I+E Lab makes co-working and dedicated office space available to GW students and student groups.

New Website to Connect Students with Research Opportunities

Starting fall 2019, students can use GW Student Research Commons to find research positions and other opportunities across disciplines.

New Program Supports Student Startups

The university’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship launched the GW Summer Startup Accelerator in Fall 2019, a new program aimed at helping students launch their startup ideas. In this first summer, the intensive nine-week program offered its first 20 participants, who represent 10 ventures, on-campus housing, a stipend, weekly workshops, mentors and additional specialized advisers to go all in to launch their companies.

Advisors Onboarded to Phase One of New Advising System in June 2019
The first phase of the new system will support interaction with incoming first-year students. The new system will facilitate scheduling and reminders for virtual advising appointments that are required for all first-year incoming students.

Elliott School to Launch Bachelor of Science Degree
The new degree is designed to prepare students to tackle pressing issues in international affairs, such as cybersecurity and space policy, and will allow students to add a second major in a science field without having to pursue a dual degree.

Funding for Five Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars Awards Provided in Fall 2018
Through the support of Wēpa, GW’s printing vendor, and GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, and in partnership with SustainableGW, five Sustainability Scholars Awards are available through the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. The awards give promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a GW faculty member in their chosen fields of study.

Global Bachelor’s Program Expanded

The Global Bachelor’s Program is expanding to accommodate student interest by adding a second cohort in Belfast, North Ireland, starting in fall 2019. In previous years, more than 60 students applied for 30 openings. A second location will also appeal to those students interested in studying in another part of the world.

Enhanced GW Course Syllabus Bank
The enhanced syllabus bank streamlines the process for faculty to add syllabi to a database that students can search. This aims to increase faculty participation to create a more robust syllabi database.  As of September 2018, the database contained more than 630 syllabi, which is more than double the 290 available in 2017.

GW Launches Academic Commons
GW launched the Academic Commons website and “Ask Us Desk” in August 2018 and has received positive student feedback. Academic Commons provides streamlined access to existing academic support services online and in person at the concierge-style Ask Us Desk.

GW Prioritizing Enhancements to Campus Safety

The university will improve security in residential, academic and administrative buildings during the fall 2019 semester.

Colonial Health Center Adds Mount Vernon Clinic and Extends Weekend Hours, October 2019

The center expanded its urgent care hours for Saturdays and Sundays on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses.

GW Launches New Student Transportation Initiatives for Fall 2019

The initiatives include the rebranded and improved “Safe Rides,” $25 Capital Bikeshare annual student membership and a revamped app, “GW Rider,” for tracking shuttles  and requesting Safe Ride.

GW Updates Student Code of Conduct
The changes reflect a new emphasis on restorative justice and were recommended by a committee of students and staff and included feedback from student listening sessions.

GW Bias Reporting Site Launched
GW’s new site allows any university community member to report, including anonymously, incidents of bias and other forms of unwelcome conduct motivated by hatred based on race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or any other factor.

New Foggy Bottom Campus Crosswalk Enhances Safety
The university installed a safer and more accessible H Street crosswalk connecting District House and Kogan Plaza.

GW Establishes Safety and Security Student Advisory Board
GW launched the Student Advisory Board to improve communications between the student body and campus safety leadership. The board now has 14 undergraduate and graduate students. The student members will drive conversations and determine the agenda throughout the year.

Counseling Accessibility Enhanced
Beginning with academic year 2018-19, the university will eliminate the fee for individual counseling sessions within the short-term stepped-care model, making the service more accessible to GW students.

University to Provide Nutritional Counseling
Starting fall 2018, the Colonial Health Center provides nutritional counseling by a dietitian whose services will ensure that care extends beyond the health center to a healthier student population overall.

Counseling on Virginia Campus
The Colonial Health Center expanded its counseling services to the Virginia Science and Technology Campus for fall 2018

GW to Implement New Comprehensive Title IX Policy
A unified policy puts in place a comprehensive review process for Title IX issues, which include sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, stalking and retaliation. All processes related to these issues will now be administered by the Title IX Office.


GW Cares Fund Helps Students
Seeing a need to support students through the COVID-19 pandemic with emergency funding, DSA expanded the GW Cares Student Assistance Fund with the support of philanthropic efforts.

New App Brings Affordable, Global Lunches and Dinners to GW Students in Potomac Square

A partnership with the D.C.-based TwentyTables app brings affordable and diverse food options to the GW community in Potomac Square beginning October 2019.

Student Late Registration Fee Removed

Starting fall 2019, students who register for courses on or after the first day of the semester will no longer incur an $80 late fee.

GW Adds Student Printing Credits and Reduces Color Printing Cost

Starting fall 2019, all GW students will receive $30 per academic year for printing. More details are available here.

GW Adds Student Laundry Credits

Starting fall 2019, all GW students living in university-provided housing receive 24 laundry credits per semester. For spring 2020, GW is increasing the number of free laundry credits by nearly 30 percent, to 34 free credits per semester.

Student Workers Earn Paid Sick Time Under Updated Employment Policies

The university implemented a policy in summer 2019 that permits those employed by the Student Employment Office to receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 37 hours of work.

GW Eliminates Student Organization Rental Fees for Popular Venues

As of fall 2019, GW is waiving rental fees for student organization events for many venues during the academic year, including Lisner Auditorium, Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building Lobby, City View Room and State Room.  As always University Student Center space will continue to have no venue rental fees. More information is available here

GW Libraries Removes Daily Fines on Most Overdue Books

Beginning April 2019, GW Libraries eliminated daily fines for general collection books that are overdue fewer than 40 days, reducing the financial burden on students using library service

Undergraduate Tuition to Cover Up to 18 Credits
Beginning fall 2019, the undergraduate tuition rate will cover up to 18 credit hours per semester—up from the current 17-credit cap—in response to student feedback. The extra credit hour applies to both incoming and returning undergraduate students.

GW Increases Dining Plan Amounts for 2019-20 Academic Year
The Board of Trustees approved increased dining plans for academic year 2019-20 as part of the continual evaluation of dining plan needs.

Expansion and Addition of Cost-Effective Food Options
The university continues to offer new affordable and accessible food options for students. Recent improvements as of fall 2018 include:

  • Expansion of healthy, discounted dining pop-ups.

  • Continued expansion of Meal Deals to more than 25 of the more than 100 GWorld dining partners.

  • Pilot of monthly Whole Foods “Supermarket Sunday” program, which provides food discounts. The program is continuing during spring 2019 and being expanded to Safeway near the Mount Vernon Campus.

  • Virginia Science and Technology Campus weekly food truck visits, which offer graduate students additional affordable and convenient dining options.

  • Provision of pots, pans and utensils for all residence hall kitchens.

Student Fees Lowered

GW initiated an analysis of its fees and fines. Updated costs will more closely reflect the true cost of a service. These fees have changed to date:

  • Room key replacement: from $150 to $100 (fall 2018) and to $75 (fall 2019)

  • GWorld card replacement: from $35 to $25, including a card lanyard or phone holder (fall 2018)

  • Gelman locker rentals: from $35 to $20 per semester (fall 2018)

  • Printing charges: prices are modified to better reflect cost and promote double-sided printing (ongoing)


More Affordable Student Health Insurance Anticipated
Final costs of the GW health insurance plan for the 2018-19 academic year are expected to be $2,690, significantly lower than the 2017-18 rate of $4,103 for undergraduate students to purchase the plan. The new policy will remove barriers that prevent students from accessing necessary medical care and will also help students stay in school should they face any unexpected medical emergency.

University Announces All-You-Care-to-Eat Dining Option at Mount Vernon Campus in Fall 2018
At students’ request, SAGE Dining Services will offer an all-you-care-to-eat venue at Pelham Commons, enhancing dining affordability on campus.

Financial Aid Budget Increased
The Board of Trustees approved a budget for fiscal 2019 that increases undergraduate and graduate students’ financial aid to $315 million in order to better support students.

Library Gift Opt-In Starting Fall 2018
Based on student feedback, beginning in fall 2018, the voluntary library gift, which has appeared on student account bills automatically each semester and required students to “opt-out,” will now be an option for which students can “opt-in” as they pay their tuition bills each semester.

University to Introduce New Dining Plan Fall 2018

In response to student and parent concerns, beginning fall 2018, the university will offer two dining plans based on undergraduate students’ residence hall assignments. Living assignments without a kitchen will include a $4,600-per-year dining plan while those with a kitchen will include a $2,800-per-year dining plan. The approach aims to more directly link students’ needs for dining funds by taking into account living arrangements, regardless of class year. It also increases by $500 per year the dining plan assigned to students living in a residence hall without an in-unit kitchen, which primarily applies to first year students .

On-Campus Jobs to Be Listed on New University-Managed System

The streamlined process will create shorter wait times between receiving a job offer and beginning the job.


GW Piloting First Foggy Bottom In-Residence Package Lockers in Fall 2019

The 174 package lockers in Shenkman Hall are expected to reduce long waits and be more convenient for students.  


New GW Rider App Cuts SafeRide Wait Times in Fall 2019

Similar to ride-sharing apps, GW Rider allows students to see their driver’s license plate, driver’s estimated time of arrival and estimated time of drop off.  Wait times also were reduced, from 10 to 20 minutes to 4 minutes.


GW Student Services Hub Unveiled for Fall 2019

The newly renovated space on the ground floor of the University Student Center offers more privacy and a personalized experience for student financial and registration needs.


GW Improves Student Organization Venue Usage Processes

As of fall 2019, GW student organizations no longer need an approved scheduler to reserve venues; any active member can now serve as a scheduler, eliminating the need to annually maintain and activate schedulers, a process that often delayed system access.  In addition, GW will provide upfront cost estimates for Jack Morton Auditorium, City View Room, and State Room to help student organizations better plan for these events.

GW IT “Martha” Chatbot Goes Live Fall 2019

GW's new chatbot "Martha" has gone live to assist students, faculty and staff with their technology support needs.  Martha is GW's “virtual agent,” an easy-to-use channel that gives students access to the information and instructions for the services they want, when and how it is convenient for them.



Enrollment and the Student Experience Website Redesign Is Live 

As of fall 2019, the new site is streamlined, easy to use, and includes student testimonials



GW Offers Certified Electronic Credentials for Spring 2019

A Certified Electronic Credential (also known as a CeDiploma or CeCertificate) is a portable, shareable, and verifiable digital copy of a paper diploma or certificate



Financial Aid Office Improving Services, Outreach to Students and Families
The Office of Student Financial Assistance will create the Financial Aid Student Advisory Council and pair every student with one aid counselor who provides individualized and consistent support—two significant changes that will help students and their families navigate the aid process at GW.

Student Association, Division of Information Technology Partner to Automate the Store Processes
Based on requirements provided by students, the Division of Information Technology automated the process of requesting and granting anonymous access to the student-run food pantry the Store, volunteer sign-ups and volunteer training.


Student Experience to Be Enhanced with New Organizational Structure
The university has continued its efforts to enhance the student experience through a series of changes that will provide a unified, student-first structure to the recently formed Enrollment and the Student Experience (ESE) unit.


Cissy Petty Named Inaugural Dean of the Student Experience
Dr. Petty is known for her strategic leadership, thoughtful approach to student affairs and her passion for issues of diversity and equality. She has a reputation for ensuring that all students feel a deep connection and a sense of belonging to their college experience.


Colonial Health Center Electronic Records Launched
The Colonial Health Center (CHC) Electronic Health Record (EHR) system was launched in July 2018. Students can now access their CHC records electronically, upload their immunization records directly into the system for verification and check in for appointments in a reconfigured patient waiting area by entering their GWID at electronic kiosks. Clinical care improvements include electronic retrieval and update of student records, electronic prescribing, receipt of lab results directly into the EHR and the ability to provide care plans and educational information to students electronically.


GW Enhances Military, Veteran Student Resources

An increase in Yellow Ribbon Program benefits and the hiring of a new program manager are among the newly implemented changes.


Updated Withdrawal Policy Implemented
A new policy removes the course withdrawal deadline for undergraduates in five schools. This policy change was designed to decrease the number of administrative hurdles students face when they want to withdraw.


University Student Center Center Catering Now More Flexible
Starting June 2018, student organizations hosting events in the University Student Center will have the ability to use a wide variety of caterers for drop-off service and choose from a list of established caterers for full-service catering functions.

University Launches One-Stop Shop for IT Requests
Students can use the new online application Digital Workplace to submit requests for technology repairs, phone preferences or general IT help.

Provost Announces Reorganization to Enhance Student Experience
In January 2018, GW Provost Forrest Maltzman announced the creation of a new organizational structure and approach—to be launched this summer under the leadership of Senior Vice Provost Laurie Koehler—that will provide a cohesive experience throughout all phases of the student lifecycle, from the admissions and enrollment process, through graduation and beyond.

Official Transcripts Now Available Electronically
Students and alumni can request and receive official GW transcripts directly through GWeb, the university announced in January 2018. The transition to electronic transcripts will make it easier to order and track the delivery of official transcripts, which can be requested 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Staff Offices Standardize Hours
In January 2018, the university changed internal practices to ensure that staff offices are consistently available during standard operating hours, including in advance of GW holidays.

GW Continues Thurston Renovation
A new three-season atrium, student lounges, and spaces with natural light feature prominently in the approved plans for the complete interior renovation of Thurston Hall.

Improvements to Facilities Made
Work was performed in many residence halls and other buildings and outdoors spaces to make them more usable and inviting for community building. Digital signage and keyless tap locks were installed in all residence halls.

GW Creates Potomac Square Outdoor Space

Potomac Square now has outdoor dining and lounging areas and community space for four food trucks.


$10 Million in Campus Improvements Implemented in Summer 2019

The additional investment follows a review of areas in need of attention to support a community-oriented culture and benefit the student, faculty and staff experience.  This project jump-started a thorough, regular process that will continuously assess and improve the university’s infrastructure. Improvements prioritize principles that enhance the experience of students, faculty and staff, including community, accessibility, safety, and look and feel. 


Thurston Hall Renovation Design Concept Approved

The student-friendly design includes a three-season atrium, student lounge, spaces with natural light, multi-purpose space and food service.


GW Shows Commitment to Nursing Education

The university doubled the nursing simulation lab space and opened a new Student Success Center in fall 2018.


GW Makes Improvements to Student Space, Housing, Classrooms

Over summer 2018, GW was busy improving student spaces, updating various residence halls, academic buildings and Pelham Commons as well as improving outdoor student space.


Thurston Hall Renovations and New Residence Hall Funded

The university will use approximately $100 million for residence hall projects, including construction costs associated with a new residence hall and major renovations of Thurston Hall.


Study Spaces Website

Starting fall 2018, Study Spaces, part of the new Academic Commons website, includes a mobile-optimized filterable database of study spaces, featuring photos, seating capacity, technology options, room features, and a link to the reservation system.


A New Life for the Flagg Building

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design unveils new teaching and working spaces from signature redesign.


Student Space Access Increased

During the spring 2018 semester, GW increased student access to these spaces:

  • Athletic field on the Mount Vernon Campus, now available on Sunday nights

  • Duquès/Funger Hall, now open Sundays from noon to 9 p.m.

  • Corcoran Hall, now with additional study space

  • Phillips Hall, now with evening access for two large basement rooms for rehearsal space




Student Experience Working Group Participants

The Student Experience leadership team and the dean of each GW school identified faculty and staff to participate in Student Experience working groups. The first phase for the working group participants consisted of sessions to review the Student Experience program structure, Board of Trustees’ guiding principles and emerging goals, key initiatives to date and a feedback mechanism for participant input.

This first phase will help the leadership team identify the appropriate smaller working groups going forward. As these groups form, the participants will be listed by group. While the guiding principles and emerging goals that serve as the touchstone for this work resulted from student input, the initiative will also incorporate the student perspective by including undergraduate and graduate student representatives.

  • Shahrokh Ahmadi, SEAS
  • Jessica Floyd Alexander, LAW
  • Sarah Baldassaro, ER
  • Tara Behrend, CCAS
  • Lynsay Belshe, Office of the Provost
  • Carrie Bilko, GW IT
  • Chris Bracey, Office of the Provost
  • Rachel Brown, ESE
  • Melissa Busskohl, CCAS
  • Kathy Chretien, SHMS
  • David Costanza, CCAS
  • Tyler Cundiff, LAI
  • Chris Deering, CPS/VSTC
  • Steve Doherty, SPH
  • Rachel Dorfman-Tandlich, GSEHD
  • Toy Draine, SPH
  • Rose Dunnegan, Operations
  • Georgette Edmondson-Wright, ESE
  • Elizabeth Ewert, LAW
  • Melissa Feuer, CPS
  • Kathleen Fox, Safety and Security
  • Jonathan Fozard, GW IT
  • Samara Gelb, GSEHD
  • Catherine Golden, SHMS
  • Matthew Golden, SPH
  • Christine Greeves, GW IT
  • Alison Hall, SHMS
  • Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis, SON
  • Geneva Henry, LAI
  • Tamara Henry, SPH
  • Rick Jakeman, GSEHD
  • Jared Johnson, LAI
  • Gabrielle Julien-Molineaux, ESE
  • Robin Juni, LAW
  • Colleen Kennedy, SHMS
  • (Mary) Liz Kepferle, CCAS
  • Charlsie King, GSEHD
  • Alicia Knight, Operations
  • Sarah Lefferts, DAR
  • Tom Long, CCAS
  • Leo Moersen, GWSB
  • Gilda Mossadegh, CCAS
  • Lauren Hunter Naples, GSEHD
  • Bhagirath Narahari, SEAS
  • Mary Pearce, SON
  • Pam Promisel, CIBAS
  • Erika Ogedegbe, ESE
  • Marcia (Cissy) Petty, ESE
  • Jonathan Ragone, SEAS
  • Don Reagan, CIBAS
  • Heather Renault, SPH
  • Gotthard Saghi-Szabo, ESE
  • Kami Sidman, LAW
  • Lisa Stephenson, ESIA
  • David Synan, ER
  • Billinda Tebbenhoff, SON
  • Tanya Vogel, Athletics
  • Jonathan Walker, ESIA
  • Maisha Williams, Finance
  • Karen Zinn, Operations



  • Inigo Acosta, CCAS Graduate Student
  • Jeff Brand, CCAS
  • Melissa Busskohl, CCAS
  • Katherine Conaty, CCAS
  • Rachel Dorfman-Tandlich, GSEHD
  • Elizabeth Ewert, LAW
  • Suzanne Farrand, CPS
  • Jeanne Fiander, ESE
  • Haley Gray, GWSB Graduate Student
  • Hannah Hahn, SON
  • K. Cyrus Homayounpour, CPS
  • Rick Jakeman, GSEHD
  • Marva Gumbs Jennings, ESE
  • Jared Johnson, LAI
  • *Gabrielle Julien-Molineaux, ESE
  • Colleen Kennedy, SMHS
  • Deborah Klatzkin, GWSB
  • Matthew Kuder, SEAS
  • Lauren Hunter Naples, GSEHD
  • Pam Promisel, CIBAS
  • John Ralls, Operations
  • *Heather Renault, SPH
  • Liesl Riddle, GWSB
  • Pete Van Riper, Office of the Provost
  • Anna Marie Siegel, CCAS
  • Tereese Smith, CCAS
  • Lisa Stephenson, ESIA
  • Kelly Swain, Office of the Provost
  • Kalpana Vissa, SPH Graduate Student
  • Jennifer Windus, GWSB
  • Karen Wright, SMHS
  • Jim Wylde, ESIA


*= Team Co-Chair



  • Annette Allgood, CPS
  • Nick Atlas, SMHS
  • Jennifer Coppola, ESE
  • Patrick Corr, SMHS
  • Chris Deering, Dean, VSTC
  • Rachel Dorfman-Tandlich, GSEHD
  • *Melissa Feuer, CPS
  • Vanessa Fontana-Keszler, CPS
  • Jenn Hayes-Klosteridis, SON
  • Caroline Hicks, ESE
  • Taj Jones, ESE
  • Kelly Lawton, ESE
  • Judy Mancuso, VSTC
  • Nadine Marchi, SON
  • Mary Pearce, SON
  • Pam Promisel, CIBAS
  • Anton Reuben, ESE
  • Christine Seaton, SON
  • Lisa Schwartz, SMHS
  • Naveen Sidhu, Operations
  • *Mark Tanner, SON
  • Gretchen Wiersma, SON    


*= Team Co-Chair


  • Matthew Basista, ESIA Student
  • *Susan Copp, GWSB
  • Rachel Dorfman-Tandlich, GSEHD
  • Melissa Feuer, CPS
  • Tobia Greiff, ESIA
  • Melissa Jacklin, SON
  • Candice Johnson, SPH
  • Jared Johnson, LAI
  • Amy King, SHMS
  • Joscelyn Leventhal, LAI
  • Miro Liwosz, SON
  • Thomas Mazzuchi, SEAS
  • Ayana Moore, Operations
  • Gilda Mossadegh, CCAS
  • Pam Promisel, CIBAS
  • Heather Renault, SPH
  • Kellis Robbins, ESE
  • Shahram Sarkani, SEAS
  • Yashanda Scruggs, ESE
  • Rahul Simha, SEAS
  • Ian Tang, CCAS Student
  • Karen Thornton, LAW
  • Marc Wollenschlaeger, GSEHD
  • *Mona Yep, CPS


*= Team Co-Chair


  • Inigo Acosta, Student
  • *Rachel Brown, ESE
  • Colette Coleman, ESE
  • Megan Dieleman, OVPR
  • Georgette Edmondson-Wright, ESE
  • Geneva Henry, LAI
  • Gabrielle Julien-Molineaux, ESE
  • *Gina Lohr, OVPR
  • Robert Miller, OVPR
  • Terry Murphy, Office of the Provost
  • Paul Hoyt O'Connor, LAI
  • Shane Seger, OVPR
  • Margaret Steiner, Student


*= Team Co-Chair


  • Rachel Brown, Career Services
  • Chris Butler, Admissions
  • Amy Cohen, ODECE
  • Colette Coleman, Student Engagement
  • Georgette Edmondson-Wright, Student Success
  • Anne Graham, Student Engagement
  • David Iselin, ESE
  • Gabrielle Julien-Molineaux, Graduate Enrollment
  • Lindsay Peck, Student Success
  • Cissy Petty, Student Experience
  • Stewart Robinette, Student Engagement
  • Jonathan Walker, ESIA
  • Marcus Ware, CCAS
  • Jordan West, ODECE


  • Drew Amstutz, Student
  • Beth Amundson, Registrar           
  • Drisya Antose, Student
  • Michelle Arcieri, Financial Aid
  • Dorinne Banks, LAI
  • Nicole Cennamo, Student
  • Ellen Costello, SMHS
  • Stephanie Daley, Student
  • Jessica Del Villar, GSEHD
  • Irene Foster, CCAS
  • Jenn Hayes-Klosteridis, SON
  • Anya Hughes, Operations
  • Lisa Lipinski, CCAS
  • Gabriella Marroquin, Student
  • Gilda Mossadegh, CCAS
  • Terry Murphy, Academic Affairs
  • John Olds, Student
  • Cissy Petty, Student Experience
  • Pam Promisel, CIBAS
  • Dennis Schell, CCAS
  • Shelese SmithAffairs
  • Kimberly Suttle, GSEHD
  • Ryan Watkins, GSEHD 
  • Philip Wirtz, CCAS
  • Jason Zara, SEAS
  • Karen Zinn, Operations




Initiative Leadership:


  • Teresa Murphy, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

  • Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement


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