Who We Are
The Office of Graduate Enrichment established the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team in response to the advocacy and leadership of our students in Spring 2022. As a new addition to the Graduate School, it aims to foster an environment where all students find belonging, community and connection in the spaces where they live and learn.Back to Top
Meet the Team
Kyra serves as the inaugural Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She hails from Cleveland, Ohio where she developed her passion for access and belonging within the realm of education. Kyra attended Kenyon College where she studied Psychology and Sociology before beginning her career at Bowdoin College in Maine. She spent several years in the Office of Admissions at the college with an emphasis on multicultural recruitment. Most recently, Kyra served as Interim Director of the Center for Multicultural Life at Bowdoin before joining the Georgetown community in January 2022.
When not at work, you can find Kyra reading a great book, channeling her inner Effie White as she rewatches Dreamgirls yet another time, or spending time laughing with her family and friends.Back to Top
What We Do
Fostering an Inclusive Environment: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team offers services and programs to foster an environment in which students find a sense of belonging. We aim to create opportunities that afford students the freedom to bring their full selves into a space. Some of these services and programs include: guidance for student organizations, DEI mixers for graduate students across the university, writing workshops, Multicultural Graduation Celebrations, and more.
A Culturally Informed Support System: The DEI team partners with many offices across campuses to empower students to thrive at Georgetown. Among our initiatives include targeted support for students who identify as first generation (to college or graduate school) and community building spaces for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Additionally, the DEI team is available for office hours to provide tailored individual support for students as they navigate the Georgetown graduate experience.
A Collaborative Endeavor: We firmly believe the work of community building, equity and access is the shared responsibility of every member of the Georgetown community. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with members of our student organizations, campus partners across offices, and faculty across departments. It is imperative that all of us do our part to create an educational environment that truly aligns with our Jesuit mission and values.Back to Top
Commitment to Inclusion
The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Georgetown University is committed to creating a diverse learning community (within and across identities) where students, faculty and staff are supported in navigating this space as their authentic selves. This dedication to the whole person is driven by the spirit of cura personalis which guides the greater Georgetown University community. Given this, we acknowledge that a commitment to diversity on its own falls short of the standard we have set for ourselves. We strive to operate through the lens of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in pursuit of fostering an environment in which community members expect to engage in respectful conversations, which stretches their current mindsets, worldviews, and comfort zones. Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are important core values of the Graduate School as we seek to prepare students to be fully engaged, culturally competent, and thoughtful leaders, decision makers and critical thinkers on any path they choose to take.
The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences faculty and staff pledge to center the guiding principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as informed by results from the most recent Cultural Climate Survey, student anecdotes, and best practices.Back to Top
Join our inclusive first-generation directory of graduate students, staff and faculty. We are broadening the definition to encompass a wide range of academic experiences to include students whose caregiver(s) do not possess a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree, and those students whose caregivers completed their education abroad.
Our DEI team will use this directory to support programming that helps foster a sense of belonging, provide a supportive network, and offer resources tailored to the specific needs faced by first-gen individuals in higher education.Back to Top
Office of Graduate Enrichment
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
3520 Prospect Street, NW
Car Barn, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20057-1005
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team
Academic Resource Center (ARC)Back to Top