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GW’s Response to COVID-19

The health and safety of the GW community is a top priority for the University. GW will continue working with local, state, and federal public health officials to monitor the situation and respond appropriately. Please continue to
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No matter what subjects we pursue, we’ve all come here to

change the course of history.


Cassandra White, a senior majoring in biology and public health, is researching what kind of impact genetic and environmental factors have on primates’ personality—a key question in the debate on how behavior is influenced by nature and nurture.

Ms. White is looking at the DNA of chimpanzees and comparing that with validated personality data available to the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology. In her preliminary work, she honed in on the DRD2 gene, the methylation of which was found to be associated with the personality dimensions of openness and extraversion.






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GW’s Strategic Plan: Path to Preeminence

The university is undertaking a strategic planning process to develop a plan that will provide the detailed direction for GW’s transformation over the next five years, focusing on quality within four pillars that drive excellence in higher education:

• World-Class Faculty
• High-Quality Undergraduate Education
• Distinguished and Distinctive Graduate Education
• High-Impact Research 

All members of the university community are encouraged to participate in the process and share their ideas for moving GW forward.

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Strategic Initiatives

The continued progress of the university’s five strategic initiatives provides the strong foundation from which GW is building its new strategic plan.

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Three student volunteers sorting medical supplies; Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification

GW Awarded Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

GW has been awarded the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation. As one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive it this year, the classification demonstrates the commitment our campus community has to public service and community engagement. 


Students Become Curators of ‘George Washington and His World’

Students in the history class “George Washington and His World,” make trips to Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate about 20 miles south of Washington, D.C., that President Washington called home. With the help of experts and historians from Gelman Library, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Library of Congress and the Washington Library at Mount Vernon, students uncover a complex and intimate portrait of the man behind the mythical Founding Father.

First Public Forum Held on Strategic Plan Interim Reports

The first public forum on the recently published strategic plan interim reports gave members of the GW community the opportunity to provide feedback on the committees’ recommendations for the university’s direction over the next five years. The committees will use the feedback to improve the reports and will continue to share updates with the Faculty Senate, Strategic Planning Task Force and Board of Trustees.


“Thomas Buergenthal visited my Holocaust class @GWtweets today and I’ll never forget it. It was the first time in my life hearing from a Holocaust survivor directly. Research through text is one thing. Hearing directly from the person is another.”

Gavin Coble

BA Political Science ’19

















A Diverse Community is a Strong Community

Collaboration, Respect, Openness and Diversity are core values that define the George Washington University (GW). The Accessibility Notice and Equal Opportunity (EO) Statement shared here reflect our desire to make this a welcoming and inclusive space for all students, visitors and members of our broader community.


Accessibility Notice

The George Washington University (GW) is committed to making all web properties and web content accessible and usable for everyone, including people with disabilities, by employing principles of universal design and striving to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access GW websites, videos or other digital content, please let us know.

Equal Opportunity (EO) Statement

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, or familial or marital status. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.




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