Cultural Well-being

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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.

Ways to engage your cultural well-being during the virtual learning period:

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Connect with International Students

The International Friendship Portal is a platform that seeks to connect international students to peer mentors at GW.

 

Cultural Education and Programming

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.

 

Culturally-Oriented Student Associations

Search Engage for culturally-oriented student groups and organizations.

 

Explore Service Opportunities

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.

 

Report a Bias Incident

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.

 

Sexual and Gender Diversity

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.

Explore DC Arts & Culture

Enjoy awe-inspiring art galleries, unmatched museums, thriving performing arts and music scenes and more.

 

Virtual Exhibits and Tours

 

Check Out a Smithsonian Museum

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement Resources

ODECE has compiled a list of resources where individuals are able to access articles, books, and videos about particular topics related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.

 

Head to Health: Connecting with Culture

Connecting with culture can have a positive impact on your sense of belonging and identity – and in turn, on your mental health and overall wellbeing.

 

Overcoming Bias

"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.

 

SAMHSA Cultural Competency Resources

Access resources and online training on cultural competency from SAMHSA and other agencies and organizations.

 

TEDx Talk: How Culture Drives Behaviour

Julien argues how we see the World through cultural glasses. By changing the glasses you can change the way you interpret the world.

9 Podcasts That Inspire Cultural Awareness 

Check out these podcasts that cultivate cultural awareness and help listeners to rethink critical topics.

 

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

June 3, 2020

Brene Brown speaks with Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University about racial disparities, policy, and equality, and How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.

 

Code Switch: "When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus"

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.
 

Five Podcasts to Foster Diversity and Inclusion

These podcasts ask challenging questions around diversity and inclusivity.