Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

It is our commitment to make SEAS a welcoming, safe, and supportive community for all students. It is our mission to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion to support the academic success and engagement of all members of our community. It is through this lens that we plan to cultivate successful leaders from the SEAS community and beyond.

SEAS Together Initiative

SEAS Together

Students often see the word diversity and think it does not apply to them. However, we can all work together to make sure that SEAS is a safe, comfortable, and supportive community inclusive of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression for all undergraduate students. The SEAS Together Initiative, formerly known as the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, was rebranded to ensure that all SEAS students know that we all work together to support each other and to give each student a voice.


SEAS Together Leadership Team

The SEAS Together Leadership team is made of group of select students, faculty and staff who are committed to the mission of the initiative. The team coordinates all aspects of the initiative including building an inclusive and support community for all students, advocates and promotes access for underrepresented students, and helps to educate and bring awareness around diversity equity and inclusive. The leadership team is key in helping to bridge the gap between SEAS administration and SEAS undergraduate students. If you are interested in getting involved with the SEAS Together Initiative, please contact: [email protected].

Meet the Leadership Team 
Makeda Melkie

Makeda Melkie (She/Her)

Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/ SEAS Together

Brooke Duncan

Brooke Duncan (She/Her)

Staff Advisor for SEAS Together

Sameen Ahmad

Sameen Ahmad (She/Her)

Student Coordinator for SEAS Together

Professor Shittu

Ekundayo Shittu (He/Him)

Faculty Advisor for SEAS Together


Jonathan Ragone (He/Him)

Staff Advisor for SEAS Together

Dawn Ginnetti

Dawn Ginnetti (She/Her)

Center for Women in Engineering Representative for SEAS Together

Programming Board
Sameen Ahmad

Sameen (She/Her)

Student Coordinator and Chair


Alana (She/Her)



Bessie (She/Her)

Event Co-Coordinator



Arsema (She/Her)

Event Co-Coordinator


Anna (She/Hers)

Marketing Co-Manager





SEAS Together Community Resource Hub

In SEAS, we are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive community for all. Therefore, the SEAS Together Community Resource Hub is a compilation of resources and organizations in order to help students build connections. Although the list of resources are broad and diverse, we acknowledge that they do not include all available organizations on campus that foster equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you have any suggestions or would like to request an addition to this growing list, please contact us at [email protected].

Asian and Pacific Islander Students
Black Students
Commuter Students
First Generation Students
International Students
Latinx Students
LGBTQIA+ Students

Being an Ally and Advocate

We can all work together to build a community that is safe and inclusive for all. As an ally and advocate it is important we are open and continuously learning. Therefore we compiled some educational resources on a variety of topics under the umbrella of equity, diversity, and inclusion for you to begin or continue your journey. If you have any suggestions or would like to request an addition to this growing list, please contact us at [email protected].

Educational Resources
Land and Labor Acknowledgement Resources

As leaders it is important to identify and acknowledge harm and although these acknowledgements alone are not sufficient to repair the harm in which they describe. However, they are an essential initial step to honor members of these communities in our hope to create a more inclusive and diverse community. There are a number of resources to develop these type of acknowledgements including the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as The George Washington University Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities who adapted versions of a Land Acknowledgement and Labor Acknowledgement with additional resources on their website as part of their commitment to restorative justice.

Resources to Help You Succeed

Academic & Career Resources

GW and SEAS offer students a number of free academic and career resources. We recommend that you use these resources to help you make the most of your college experience.

Student Support and Engagement Resources

GW provides students with a variety of support and engagement resources to help you succeed. Below is a list of some of the resources available to GW students:

Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

Whether you are a prospective undergraduate considering applying to GW or current SEAS undergraduate who is looking for funding for your undergraduate study or considering applying to graduate study, we have information on scholarships and fellowships that may be appropriate for you. Visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships page to learn more

Name Change Resources

To ensure all members of our community feel welcome, GW has two approaches to the name change policy which includes (1) GWeb (Class Rosters and Blackboards), GWorld, and GWmail; and (2) transcripts, graduation papers, and other official documents. These processes are outlined below:

Changes to GWeb, GWorld, and GWMail

  • Log onto GWeb -> CLICK “Student Record and Registration” -> CLICK “Student Records Information Menu” ->  CLICK “View/Update Preferred First Name” -> Add your preferred name and save it.
  • Contact the GWorld Office  and be sure to have your old GWorld available. Tell them you’d like to update your GWorld to match your preferred name (for FREE). They will review with you the process from there.
  • After the update has been made in GWeb, you can email GWIT via [email protected] and request your email account be updated to match your preferred name.

Transcripts, Diploma, and Employment Records

In order to change your name on your transcripts, diploma, or employment records, you must legally change your name. After a legal name change is documented, your name can be changed on all official documents. If you are an alumnus, you can also request an updated diploma with your current legal name. For both, you will need to fill out the Request For Name Update form. After the form is complete, contact the Office of the Registrar and a university official will review with you the rest of the process.

Reporting a Bias Related Incident

It is our hope that all members of our community feel responsible for the well-being of each and every student. We strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to report possible bias incidents. The Bias Incident Response Team will evaluate your report and determine the best way to respond.



Contact Us

If you have any questions or want to meet with a staff person, please email [email protected].