Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee

The GW Computer Science Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee was formed in 2022 in response to student demand for progress in JEDI issues. The committee has equal faculty and student representation, with three faculty members and three student members. 

For JEDI related resources for students:

 JEDI Student Resources

For JEDI related instructional resources:

 JEDI Instructional Resources

 

Student Applications

Student members of the JEDI committee are responsible for representing the student body of the department and each are full voting members (with equal say as faculty members). All GW Computer Science students are encouraged to apply to represent their peers on the committee. As per the committee bylaws, applicants will be selected with strong preference for a diverse group of students that represent the whole student body.

A student member of the JEDI committee is expected to:

  • attend regular meetings (usually weekly to monthly, at the discretion of the committee) (around 10 hours/month),
  • work significantly outside of the meetings to ensure progress on committee actions (organize town halls, write policy, maintain webpages, etc), 
  • represent their peers by actively communicating with the student body, and be a computer science major (BA or BS),
  • encourage student involvement on surveys and town halls.

 

2022/2023 Term Application

Updates

April 2022 JEDI Committee web pages go live on the CS Department website, including initial policy suggestions by the committee, and the first JEDI town hall is held.
March 2022 Faculty vote unanimously to form a JEDI Committee.
March 2022 Students accumulate student opinion and propose constructive ways to improve the Computer Science Department in JEDI related issues, including recommending the formation of a standing department committee.

 

Members

Initial members were selected by the unanimous decision of the student authors of the inclusivity proposal that first recommended the formation of such a committee. This was done to prioritize efficiency and productivity with strong intention to make a public application available to all students to fill the positions for next year which will be selected with strong preference for diversity and representation of the whole student body as specified in committee bylaws below.

Spring 2022

  • Committee Chair: Professor Kinga Dobolyi
  • Professor Gabe Parmer (he/him)
  • Professor Robert Pless (he/him)
  • Manue Alaimo (they/them)
  • Sam Kusner (she/her)
  • Oliver Broadrick (he/him)

To contact your student representatives privately, email [email protected].

Annual Reports

The first annual report will be published here when completed.

Purpose, Charter, Bylaws

The JEDI Committee fulfills the following purpose:

 

The GWCS JEDI Committee’s purpose is to support a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment for all Computer Science Department faculty, staff, residents, and students regardless of age, race, ethnicity, country of origin, language, religion, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, introversion/extroversion personality dimensions, and socioeconomic and mental/physical status.