Diversity & Inclusion

The mission of the SEAS Diversity and Inclusion initiative is to provide underrepresented students within SEAS with a safe, comfortable, and supportive community. The goal of the initiative is to improve the academic success and engagement of these groups while fostering a strong sense of community that provides a safe and welcoming environment for them to express ideas/concerns. We are committed to developing new programs that provide support for these students and to cultivate successful leaders within the SEAS community and beyond.

SEAS Together

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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 can work together to give each student a voice while working together to support each other.

Diversity & Inclusion Student Committee

The SEAS Together Committee is made up of undergraduate students within SEAS who are committed to the mission and goals of the initiative. As part of the SEAS Together Committee, each member works towards achieving the goals of the initiative within SEAS by assisting in planning and executing programs to help build partnerships among the student body and campus community. This student committee is an integral part of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative as they identify current issues that impact underrepresented students and serve as advocates to their peers when issues arise inside and outside of the classroom. The committee also helps bridge the gap between SEAS administration and SEAS students by serving as advisors to the SEAS Dean’s office. If you are interested in joining the SEAS Together committee, please contact [email protected].

 

Our Coordinator

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Anya Welch

Coordinator for SEAS Together
Meet Anya

 

Our Advisor

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Dawn Ginnetti

Staff Advisor for SEAS Together
Meet Dawn

 

Meet the Committee Members

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Alexa: Hi, my name is Alexa and I am majoring in Systems Engineering with a minor in Business Administration.  I am from Prescott, Arizona (the part of Arizona where it snows... yes it snows in Arizona!)  I enjoy spending my time outdoors and taking in the beauty of DC. You can probably find me in Georgetown looking for a good dessert, gossiping about the latest episode of the Bachelor, or running the monuments on the National Mall. On campus, I have been involved in SEASSPAN, research, and clubs, such as Alpha Omega Epsilon, an engineering sorority. Having the opportunity to be a woman in STEM has made me very passionate about not letting stereotypes dictate my reality. I am excited to be part of this committee to help others find resources that may give them a sense of community, fulfillment or simply inspiration to keep reaching for their dreams.

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Alexis: Hi everyone! My name is Alexis and I am a Sophomore Mechanical Engineer. I am from Fairfax, VA and my family is from Chile (Chi-chi-chi-le-le-le! Viva Chile!!). During my time at GW, I became part of SEASSPAN, AIAA, GW Baja, and Design, Build, Fly. I also did Summer Undergraduate Research here at SEAS for the Mechanical Engineering Department. Diversity is so important since it leads to new ideas and different perspectives. Learning from and acknowledging different perspectives ultimately leads to a better working and learning environment. I am really looking forward to this year and do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the committee members if you have any questions!

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Brandon: Hello, I am Brandon and I am a senior undergraduate Posse Leadership Scholar, originally from Atlanta, GA. I am pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a minor and concentration in Electrical Engineering. My goal is a career of innovation and critical solutions with the federal government or the Department of Defense. Aside from engineering, I also volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician for Hyattsville Fire Department, in Prince George's County, MD. I am with the committee in hopes to provide more opportunity and support for other minority and first-generation students in SEAS.

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Gabriela: Hi! My name is Gabriela (Gaby) and I am a senior civil engineer. I am from Bogotá, Colombia but I grew up in Miami, Florida. At GWU, I’m a SEASSPAN mentor, in Theta Tau, and work part time at the Key Depot! Outside of school, I enjoy exploring the city, eating, and annoying my friends. I’m very excited to be a part of the SEAS Diversity and Inclusion committee because being from Colombia and growing up in Miami, I’ve seen how important and beneficial diversity is to a community!

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Isabella: Hi everyone! My name is Isabella, and I’m a senior studying civil engineering originally from Media, PA. If I’m not at a dance rehearsal or working in the SEH greenhouse, you can probably find me studying somewhere on campus or eating Thai takeout. In my free time, I love going to concerts, making jewelry, hanging out with friends, or finding cool places to eat in DC. I wanted to join the Diversity and Inclusion committee to help make campus a more inclusive space and make everyone feel like they had someone to reach out to. If you ever see me around, say hi!!

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Khala: My name is Khala. I am a senior civil engineering student. I am from NYC, the city that never sleeps!! A fun fact about me is that I have some fluency in American Sign Language. During my free time, I love playing squash (when I’m not injured lol), I love writing poetry (and performing sometimes), and I am trying to read more often. I decided to be part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee because I do believe in being the change that you want to see and by being a part of this committee, I can help SEAS be a more welcoming community for people of diverse backgrounds.

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Mercedes: Hi everyone! I’m Mercedes, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering. I’m one of the co-presidents of the National Society of Black Engineers GWU Chapter, the Community Outreach Director of the Engineers Council, and a SEASSPAN Mentor. Being a first-generation college student and person of color, I wanted to help create a fair and open space for all students in SEAS. By being on the SEAS Diversity & Inclusion committee, I feel like there is a platform to celebrate togetherness and discuss serious problems in our community. 

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Noah: My name is Noah and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student from Lancaster Pennsylvania. I joined the SEAS Diversity & Inclusion committee because I want to ensure no matter what your background is, you feel included in the SEAS community. As a person of mixed race, it was important for me to feel included in my academic space. I want to continue to feel that way and ensure GW remains inclusive for others in the same situation. Engineering is hard and feeling ousted by the community you are involved with would make achieving academic success at GW even more difficult. My goal of joining the committee is to ensure that this does not happen, and every person involved with SEAS feels welcome, included, and free to make connections with their peers.

Resources

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

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.

Getting involved with a SEAS student organization is a great way to meet classmates, make friends, and be a part of the SEAS community. SEAS hosts a number of student organizations—from NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) to SWE (Society of Women Engineers)—that you might want to join. Learn more about our SEAS student organizations and other GW based organizations.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please email [email protected].

Anya’s Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm (when classes in session)