Cultural well-being is the ability to practice your own and celebrate others’ experiences, beliefs, traditions, and values. Being culturally well allows you to acknowledge and respect the impact and intersection of varying aspects of diversity among yourself and others.
Cultural Well-being Resources
- GW Resources
Culturally-Oriented Student Associations
Search Engage for culturally-oriented student groups and organizations.
Disability Support Services
Connect with Disability Support Services to learn more housing accomodations, testing accomodations, accessibility services, and more.
International Friendship Portal
The International Friendship Portal is a platform that seeks to connect international students to peer mentors at GW.
LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Resource Center celebrates and supports sexual and gender diversity and inclusion by providing comprehensive educational, support and advocacy services. These services include trainings, special events and mentoring designed to empower LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff to achieve academic excellence, embrace personal wellness and pursue professional success.
Multicultural Student Services Center
Through the development of strategic partnerships and innovative programs, the Multicultural Student Services Center facilitates student leadership development and provides cultural education, “Real Conversations,” cultural programming and a building that has served as the best home away from home on campus for thousands of students over the years. By creating a safe space, we welcome students to explore, embrace and share their diverse identities and experiences.
The mission of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is to integrate civic engagement into George Washington University’s educational work. We promote equity and active citizenship in a diverse democracy, focus GW’s resources to address community needs through reciprocal partnerships beyond the campus, and enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship at GW.
Office of Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement
The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement recognizes that the COVID-19 crisis has put a spotlight on inequity and hatred in our nation and in the world. Members of the GW community may also report any bias-related experiences during this period of virtual learning through the Bias Incident Online Reporting Form.
- Beyond GW
Explore DC Arts & Culture
Enjoy awe-inspiring art galleries, unmatched museums, thriving performing arts and music scenes and more.
The Smithsonian Institute has a variety of free museums, as well as Cultural Centers that aim to build bridges of mutual respect and understanding of the diversity of American and world cultures.
ODECE has compiled a list of resources where individuals are able to access articles, books, and videos about particular topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
"Overcoming bias is not about perfection but about connection". Verna Myers encourages us to walk boldly towards our biases in order to overcome them in her dynamic TEDTalk.
How Culture Drives Behavior
Julien argues how we see the World through cultural glasses. By changing the glasses you can change the way you interpret the world.
Consider the following podcasts to further explore cultural well-being topics that interest you!
- Code Switch
What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.
- The Moth
For more than two decades The Moth has been creating a space for people from around the world to share their true and unscripted stories in front of a live audience. And for more than ten years, The Moth Podcast has been broadcasting these stories—some hilarious, some heart-wrenching, and others inspiring—for listeners to enjoy online. With an archive dating back to 2008, The Moth Podcast is one of the best places to tune in for captivating stories that remind us to love others and celebrate humanity.
- The Irish Times Women's Podcast
For a bi-weekly dose of women’s news happening around the globe, we love this informative and ongoing podcast coming out of Ireland and hosted by Irish Times Journalist, Kathy Sheridan. Listen to the Irish Times Women’s Podcast to hear firsthand accounts, stories, and insights from women regarding pertinent and relevant female-related topics, including abortion, healthcare, gender in the workplace, and more.
- Rough Translation
How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.
As COVID-19 spreads, xenophobia increases. NPR facilitates an open discussion of America's history with xenophobia and the impact xenophobia and microaggressions are currently having on the country.