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

Page Navigation:


Goals for Academic Year 2021-2022

  1. Continue regular meetings of the UHP Diversity & Inclusion Committee with faculty, staff and student participants, and establish new focused task forces based on the priorities identified by that Committee.

  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. Host ongoing workshops and trainings for peer advisors and the UHP community.

  4. Review the UHP Senior Thesis requirement to reflect on its academic goals and how the requirement might be broadened in order to help ensure that students with a wide range of personal and professional interests have the opportunity to fully complete our 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 2022, N = 485) All UHP Students (Fall 2021, N = 500) All UHP Students (Fall 2020, N = 484)
Asian 17.73% 16.8% 16.1%
White 65.9% 68.4% 63.8%
Black 8.5% 5.4% 2.7%
Hispanic 0.0% 11.0% 8.3%
International 2.0% 2.0% 1.9%
Native American 0.62% 0.2% 0.0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.41% 0.2% 0.0%
Two or More Races 6.60% 6.2% 4.8%
Unknown 0.0% 1.0% 2.5%

Demographics of First-year UHP Student Cohorts by Year

  Fall 2022 Fall 2021 Fall 2020 Fall 2019 Fall 2018
Asian 13.89% 13.1% 29% 16% 14%
White 66.7% 66.4% 48% 67% 71%


13.89% 9% 5% 3% 2%
Hispanic 0% 14.8% 8% 10% 9%
Native American/Alaska Native 1.85% 0% 0% 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Two or More Races 4.63% 9.8% 10% 6% 2%
Prefer Not to Respond 0% 4.1% 1% 1% 3%
International Students 1% 1.6% 4% 1% 1%
First Generation Students 12.96% 8.2% 6% 9% 7%


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

Spring 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Report

Fall 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Report

Spring 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Report