Senior African American Administrators at George Washington University Establish Affinity Group

February 19, 2019

Leading administrators at George Washington University have established the GW African American Leadership Collective (GWAALC).  Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, is the founder of the group.

"The establishment of GWAALC is the culmination of an effort to build community among African Americans in leadership at the university, and to facilitate vehicles for mentoring, pipeline and leadership development, recruitment and retention of administrators and faculty of color, and diversity and inclusion efforts across the university,” Dean Fairfax explains. 

GWAALC, which plans to meet bimonthly, currently consists of 15 members, including administrators at the vice president, vice provost, dean, and associate dean levels. The main goal is to create a community space for African American administrators to engage with each other and externally.

The group has planned a series of events and guest speakers in the coming months, including prominent university leaders from across the country, including current or former university presidents, provosts, vice presidents for advancement, general counsel, board chairs, and deans and others who will share their insights on the challenges and opportunities for African Americans in higher education administration.

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