Diversity and Inclusion


The UHP acknowledges that there have historically been, and still are, blindspots in making our program more inclusive for all of our students. We know there is work to be done and we are committed to ensuring that we cultivate a community in which everyone feels a true sense of belonging.

More than ever now, we are actively listening to students about their experiences and what we hear motivates us to move urgently with intention to make the necessary changes to ensure that each and every student is well supported and able to thrive in the UHP and at GW more broadly.

On this page, you will learn more about our current and future diversity and inclusion goals, resources for minoritized students, and our program demographics. You can also find our statements on matters of diversity and inclusion below.

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
Statement on George Floyd

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Goals for Academic Year 2020-2021

  1. Inaugurate a yearly UHP-wide community workshop with special emphasis on community building, inclusivity, and bias awareness within the UHP.

  2. Disseminate a first year student survey in the fall to better understand the first year UHP experience and determine ways to improve that experience.

  3. Establish an anti-bias training for faculty, staff, and peer advisors.

  4. Establish a course recommendation system to help identify courses, topics, and/or faculty that students would be interested in engaging with through the UHP, but which are currently missing within our course offerings.

  5. Communicate effectively with GW Admissions the characteristics of applicants that should be forwarded to the UHP for review, and reemphasize the need for Admissions to advertise the program to a diverse group of potential applicants.

  6. Create a task force of faculty, staff and students to review, update, and implement new procedures for first and second year admissions.

  7. Create a task force of faculty, staff and students to review, update, and implement new procedures for the Peer Advisor program.

  8. Create a  UHP webpage dedicated to reporting on ongoing diversity and inclusion work within the program.

Ongoing Work and Long Term Goals

  • Communicate opportunities available at GW for students, staff, and faculty to learn more on issues of diversity and inclusion.

  • Regularly advertise on-campus support resources to students (such as the GW’s online bias incident report system, Counseling and Psychological Services, DSS, Academic Commons and the Office of Advocacy & Support).

  • Build and sustain a welcoming community through residential and social programming, yearly anti-bias training, and continued collaborative D&I discussions

  • Develop residential community-building activities specifically for first-year students 

  • Better recruit and retain a more diverse student body and faculty by understanding and addressing uncovered issues in admissions and retention.

  • Introduce new authors, readings, and topics in first-year Honors classes, and support discussion amongst the core faculty on evidence-based methods of developing and maintain a positive classroom environment for all students      

  • Offer a greater variety of UHP upper-level course offerings

  • Provide regular reports to the community on diversity & inclusion related goals, progress, and outcomes

  • Support open discussions between UHP students, administration and faculty to improve diversity, inclusion and belonging with the goal of building trust in our UHP community


If you ever witness or are a target of an incident of hate or bias (involving any GW community members-- students, faculty, or staff), we strongly encourage you to fill out a bias report form. If the incident occured in a UHP space, please include that in your report. Reports can be submitted anonymously, though reports with names will enable easier support/communication from the office.

UHP Demographics

Current UHP Student Body Demographics

  All UHP Students (Fall 2020, N = 484) All GW Undergraduates (Fall 2019, N = 12031)
Asian 16.1% 10.8%
White 63.8% 49.8%
Black 2.7% 8.0%
Hispanic 8.3% 11.0%
International 1.9% 11.8%
Native American 0.0% 0.05%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.0% 0.1%
Two or More Races 4.8% 4.1%
Unknown 2.5% 4.4%

Demographics of First-year UHP Student Cohorts by Year

  Fall 2020 Fall 2019 Fall 2018 Fall 2017
Asian 29% 16% 14% 9%
White 48% 67% 71% 71%


5% 3% 2% 6%
Hispanic 8% 10% 9% 9%
Native American/Alaska Native 0% 0% 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0% 0% 0% 0%
Two or More Races 10% 6% 2% 6%
Prefer Not to Respond 1% 1% 3% 4%
International Students 4% 1% 1% 1%
First Generation Students 6% 9% 7% 8%

You can learn more about demographics at a university-wide level at the Institutional Research & Planning website.


All Diversity and Inclusion Progress Reports will be available on this page. You can find our first report below.

Fall 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Report

First-year Inclusion Survey Fall 2020