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.
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 Student Committee
The SEAS Together Committee is made up of undergraduate students within SEAS who are committed to the mission of the initiative. The committee develops programs to help build community, acts as a forum to discuss issues that impact underrepresented students, and advocates for all students both inside and outside of the classroom. The committee key in helping to bridge the gap between SEAS administration and SEAS undergraduate students by meeting regularly with the SEAS Dean’s Office. If you are interested in joining the SEAS Together committee, please contact: [email protected].
Coordinator for SEAS Together
Student Chair for SEAS Together
Staff Advisor for SEAS Together
Faculty Advisor for SEAS Together
Alexander is a junior from Miami, FL, studying mechanical engineering with an aerospace concentration. He is part of GW’s fencing club and practices martial arts and photography. Alexander spent his Spring 2020 semester studying abroad at Queen Mary University of London. He is the former secretary for the GW chapter of AIAA and the Propulsion Lead for GW's Design Build Fly team. During the summer of 2019 he interned with Advanced Aerodynamics, LLC, in Hallandale Beach, FL, where he assisted in prototyping small ship propulsion systems. He aims to leverage the unique professional engineering opportunities DC has to offer while also promoting an inclusive environment for all students through SEAS Together and the university as a whole.
Alexis is a junior from Fairfax, Virginia. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, concentrating in Aerospace Engineering. His family is from Chile, and he is a First-Generation student. At GW, he is the co-committee chair for SEAS Together, a mentor through the School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Peer Advisory Network, and an Undergraduate Research Fellow. He is also a member of the GW American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Branch and the GW Design, Build, Fly team. He believes that learning from and acknowledging different perspectives leads to a better working and learning environment. As a First-Generation Latino student, he believes students should feel supported and included within an academic environment. It can be difficult for students to succeed in engineering when they do not receive the needed support and opportunities. One of his goals is to make sure no student feels left behind and help create a more inclusive environment within SEAS.
Ban is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering. Her parents immigrated from Lebanon to the United States before she was born, making her a first generation American. She takes pride in her Lebanese heritage and being Muslim as well. At GW, she is the President of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Risk Management Chair for her engineering sorority: Alpha Omega Epsilon, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. She believes that diversity and inclusion are integral parts of one's life and that no one should ever feel like an outsider whether it is in an academic setting or beyond. She is an advocate for mental health and hopes to change the stigma around it. She strives to help make SEAS a stronger community and to help students from all backgrounds feel more included.
Bender is a sophomore from Naperville, Illinois. He is studying Biomedical Engineering and is on the varsity water polo team at GW. Bender wants to join SEAS Together to continue building relationships. With the help of this committee, Bender wants to build a better community for everybody to enjoy and succeed in.
Bezawit is a junior from Arlington, VA pursuing a major in biomedical engineering and a minor in electrical engineering. Over the past two years, she has been an active member of the GW’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter, and serves as the Vice President of Administration of the organization for the upcoming academic year. Bezawit plans to get involved in research labs on campus in the coming fall and spring semesters, and pursue an internship before starting her senior year. She joined the SEAS Together Committee because she hopes to make long-lasting change that helps all students in the long run, and believes it’s important to work through all the flaws that make students feel like they don’t have a place in SEAS rather than trying to placate them temporarily as to postpone or avoid hard conversations.
Cassell is a junior from Washington DC majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Astrophysics and Astronomy. Cassell’s strong admiration for Astronomy and Physics drives his passion to work on software to improve the way we understand and think about physics and space. Cassell is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Association of Computing Machinery. Cassell is looking forward to becoming a part of the SEAS Together Committee to develop ideas to support minorities within the SEAS community and improve the way SEAS embraces new minority students.
Emmanuel is a sophomore undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering. He is a Posse Leadership Scholar from Atlanta, GA and his family is from Ethiopia. He is a member of the Black Student Union, GW Ethiopian - Eritrean Student Association, National Society for Black Engineers, as well as The Black Men’s Initiative. He is excited to be on the SEAS Together Committee as he knows he can bring a very important yet neglected perspective, which is that of the Black engineer and the 1st generation student within SEAS. Students should walk into SEAS with a sense of inclusivity and walk out with the same feeling. He believes that our future is incredibly bright, but believes that it’s bright when everyone is in it.
Gabriella is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in electrical engineering. She was born in Venezuela, raised in Puerto Rico, and spent her high school years in Germany. She is a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon an engineering sorority. As a Hispanic woman in STEM, she values diversity and inclusion and looks forward to using her unique experiences to provide insight and support to others.
Meet Kelsey, a junior biomedical engineer with a double minor in biology and psychology. She is currently involved in the professional sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon and serves as the Social Media Coordinator for George Hacks, a healthcare innovation org. Recently, she started working full-time in a Covid-19 testing facility run by Curative Inc in order to assist with the ongoing pandemic. Kelsey is honored to be a part of the SEAS Together committee that promotes diversity and inclusion. Kelsey strongly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their desired career and goals with no limiting factors based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or characteristics of the sort. Her goal is to assist students in gaining resources that will make it possible for students to break through these harsh yet realistic barriers that may occur.
Lucy is a junior from Randolph, MA. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. She is currently the pre-college initiative chair for the National Society of Black Engineers as well as the director of community service for Black Women’s Forum. Throughout the school year, Lucy works as a tutor with DC public schools. During the summer of 2020, she worked on a committee in her local community to help organize discussion forums surrounding the black lives matter movement. She joined this organization to be a voice for minority students in SEAS. She hopes to help create an inclusive and welcoming environment that will provide all SEAS students with the support they need.
Makeda is a sophomore from Alexandria, VA. She is pursuing a major in Biomedical Engineering with plans to double minor in Electrical Engineering and Business Analytics. At GW, she is currently the treasurer of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the content development chair for George Hacks, and a co-professional development chair for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). In addition to these organizations, Makeda is also a part of Professor Kay’s research lab. As a first-generation American and college student, it has always been important for her to be able to surround herself with a strong support system. She believes that having a community that accepts diversity and is open to having productive discussions to achieve positive changes is key to garnering an environment for students to succeed. This is the type of community that she hopes to achieve as a member of this committee so that all SEAS students feel accepted regardless of their background.
Matthieu is a junior mechanical engineering student from New York City, NY. He was born in France but raised in the US. At GW, he is an active member of the GW Design, Build, Fly team and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. In the future, he wishes to work in the automobile industry and more specifically, motorsports. As a mixed child raised in a foreign country, diversity has always been a part of his life and he wishes to promote the value of diversity within the community of GW. He believes that with the help of SEAS Together, a more inclusive community will be formed at GW where all kinds of students can be found supporting and interacting with each other.
Stephanie is a junior from Westwood, MA, pursuing a major in biomedical engineering. Stephanie is passionate about the intersection of biomedical engineering and healthcare inequality and hopes to resolve these gaps in minority communities in the future. At GW, Stephanie is a member of the Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority for women in engineering and technical sciences. She also serves on the executive board for the GW chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.
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].
- African Students Association (ASA)
- Black Community
- Black Defiance
- Black Girl Mentorship Program
- Black Graduate Student Association
- Black Student Union
- Black Women’s Forum (BWF) GWU
- Caribbean Students Association
- GWU Black Men’s Initiative
- GWU Chapter of the NAACP
- GW Women of Color
- National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) GWU
- National Pan-Hellenic Council
- National Society of Black Engineers
- The Black Ace Magazine
- The Ethiopian-Eritrean Students Association (EESA) at GWU
- The George Washington Williams House
- Young Black Professionals in International Affairs
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].
- 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Racism
- 5 Tips for Being an Ally
- American Society for Engineering Education: Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
- Cracking the Cody in Allyship
- Deconstructing Racism, One Headline at a Time (TEDTalk)
- How to Overcome our Biases
- Importance of Using Inclusive Language
- Living While Black (TEDTalk)
- Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites
- National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking about Race
- ODECE: Resources on the Black Experience
- Racial Equity Tools: Unlocking the Invisible Knapsack
- What is Inclusive Language
Resources to Help You Succeed
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.
- Meet with your Professional/Faculty Advisors
- Utilize various academic support resources including the Academic Commons
- Request an academic success coach to help you optimize your time management skills, study skills, note-taking strategies, and more
- Take advantage of both SEAS Career Services and Career Services resources
- Meet with the GW career coach to discuss your career goals and plans
- Use Handshake, GW’s online career management system to look for jobs, internships, workshops and more
- See a select list of national internships
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:
- Colonial Health Center
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Disability Support Services (DSS)
- International Services Office (ISO)
- Office of Student Financial Assistance
- Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
- The Store, GW’s student-run food pantry
- GW Student Life
- GW Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC)
- Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement
- Office of Student Success
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
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.
If you have any questions or want to meet with a staff person, please email [email protected].