GSEHD fosters an inclusive community of scholars and citizens who serve diverse populations by engaging individual, group, and social differences in the pursuit of equity and excellence for all. Through partnerships, internships, and community relationships, GSEHD strengthens ties to underserved communities by promoting education as the key to economic prosperity, personal dignity, mental health, and well-being.
GSEHD Diversity

In GSEHD, "we are mourning and hurting as the depravity of racism, again, infects us to the core. How to stop the spread of this disease is the question we all need to make our #1 priority if we are to survive as a nation... saying and doing nothing would be sinning by silence", (GSEHD Dean Feuer). Through our work in Education and Human Development, we commit to 'not staying silent' and to prioritizing our efforts in the service of equity and social justice.

GW's Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) sent a message to the GW community in the wake of the brutal killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, along with the racist incident in Central Park. ODECE and university partners offer support and resources, and will host events for GW to come together to process, work on healing, learn from one another, and move towards action.

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Four International Education Program (IEP) Alumni (Alison Grimsland, Matt Sacco, Ben Sylla, and William Webber) recently returned to GSEHD discuss their career paths and provide advice to current IEP students.
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GSEHD alumna Hala Abdulaziz Aseel (master's, Community Counseling) was highlighted in the Arab News article, "The Face: Hala Abdulaziz Aseel, Saudi campaigner for awareness of mental health wellness."

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Gabriel "Asheru" Benn discusses the importance of the arts in education with GSEHD's Maia Sheppard. (Harrison Jones/GW Today)

Maxine Greene, the noted philosopher of arts, aesthetics, and democracy in education, observed: "Justice, equality, freedom - these are as important to us as the arts, and we believe they can infuse each other, perhaps making some difference at a troubled time."

This message was sent to the GSEHD community in the wake of the attacks in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six Asian women, on March 16, 2021.

March 19, 2021
Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dean Michael Feuer's piece, "Sure, Envision a New Public School System. But Don't Ignore the Emergency at Hand," was highlighted in the National Superintendents Roundtable News.

GSEHD's Community Counseling Services Center was highlighted in the GW Today story, "New Program Provides Mental Health Care for D.C. Artists." Dean Michael Feuer and Dr. Mary DeRaedt were both quoted in the article, which shares how GSEHD is partnering with the D.C.

Dr. Delishia Pittman presented on the panel, "Can you see me? Honoring Black Mental Health During a Double Pandemic," hosted by the DC Psychological Association with Drs. Jessica Smedley and Candice Hargon. Over 250 people joined the live discussion and the recorded webinar was viewed over 1300 times in the first week.

GSEHD student Luqman Adeniyi(master's, Organizational Leadership and Learning) published an article on CNN.com entitled, "Racism in America: Reflecting on my role as a journalist in this moment." Mr. Adeniyi is an Associate Producer at CNN, and he says, "Tying this back to OLL, it’s the concept of public reflection, focus on vulnerability, psychological safety and transformative learning that inspired me to share my perspective with a wide audience.

Dr. Harvey Peters published the article, "Socially Just and Culturally Responsive Within Counseling/Counseling Psychology Leadership: A Grounded Theory" in The Counseling Psychologist. In addition, Dr. Peters presented, "A Socially Just and Culturally Responsive Counseling Leadership Model" at the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development National Virtual Summit.


A study co-authored by Dr. Lionel Howard (GSEHD Professor & Educational Leadership Department Chair) alongside Devin English (Rutgers University, lead author/researcher, GW grad), Sharon Lamber (GW, co-author), and Brendesha Tynes (GW, co-author) was recently featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The study was titled "Daily multidimensional racial discrimination among Black U.S. American adolescents" and can be accessed here .


This past November, Dr. Hergenrather hosted a training session in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots entitled: "An Inclusive LGBTQIA+ Workforce and Society". The session explored the historical events and federal laws that have effected members of of the LGBTQIA+ community and provided attendees with insight on creating an inclusive workspace.

GSEHD alumnus Dr. Kirk Nooks (Ed.D., Higher Education Administration) gave the keynote address at Mercer University's (Georgia) "Living the Dream" program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. Nooks, president of Gordon State College in Georgia since 2018, earned both his Bachelor of Science in industrial management and Master of Business Administration in marketing from Mercer University.

GSEHD alumnus Dr. Antonio Ellis (master's, Special Education and Disabilities Studies) co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Educational Foundations entitled "A Qualitative Analysis: Black Male Perceptions of Retention Initiatives at a Rural Predominately White Institution."