Past Community Messages

Updates to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate and University Response
With the expiration on Thursday of the federal government’s COVID-19 public health emergency, we are modifying GW’s COVID-19 requirements and operations. 
May 9, 2023

Reimagining Public Safety at GW
The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff has long been a critical priority.
April 13, 2023

Update on Investigation into Discrimination Allegations
I have felt a great sense of responsibility to ensure that this investigation was fair, impartial, and resulted in conclusions based only on facts identified during the review.
March 27, 2023

Celebrating Women’s History Month
Today, as we begin celebrations for Women's History Month, we are honoring the many women who have had great impact on our university, our country, and the world.
March 1, 2023

Recognizing Black History Month
As our university community marks Black History Month, we acknowledge the importance of this dedicated time to pause, reflect, and come together in meaningful ways that recognize the history and contributions of Black people.
Feb. 1, 2023

Violence in the Nation and Pain in our Community
I acknowledge the hurt and shock many are experiencing at our university, across the country, and particularly within the Asian American Pacific Islander and Black communities.
Jan. 29, 2023

Welcome to the Spring 2023 Semester
We have entered a new year with great enthusiasm for the spring and our work together as a community.
Jan. 17, 2023

Statement to GW Community from President Wrighton
We care deeply about the wellbeing of all members of our community and their experiences inside and outside our classrooms, and we recognize it is critical to provide several avenues for support to those who may be seeking it.
Jan. 13, 2023

Happy New Year from President Wrighton
As we mark the New Year and reflect on the many highlights of 2022, I am very grateful for our supportive university community and the contributions of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni each day.
Jan. 3, 2023

GW’s Shared Community
Our expectation is that all community members will show respect for one another even when they disagree.
Oct. 12, 2022

Supporting the Iranian Community
I hope that you will not only keep those affected in your thoughts but also reach out to friends and colleagues who may need your additional support and care.
Oct. 10, 2022

Message on Posters Displayed on Campus
The university is committed to encouraging respectful and civil discourse and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 
Oct. 9, 2022

Welcome to Fall 2022
As we embark on our third century, we are continuing to create new knowledge and accelerate our progress as a world-class research institution.
Aug. 29, 2022

Supporting our Community
This past week, I have been reflecting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the impact it is having on many members of our university community and beyond.
July 1, 2022

Commemorating Juneteenth
While Juneteenth has long been celebrated, some in our community may only recently be aware of it after it became a federal and university holiday last year. I am grateful that we have this time to pause and reflect on this day together.
June 17, 2022

Happy Pride, GW!
As our university marks Pride Month and Capital Pride begins here in Washington, we join in celebrating the George Washington University’s LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
June 3, 2022

Next Steps in EVP/CFO Organization Transition
I am eager to have more opportunities to meet with leadership and staff and discuss ideas for bolstering the organization and ensuring we continue to strengthen our university’s mission.
June 3, 2022

Strengthening the University’s Academic Medical Enterprise
A new agreement further strengthens the university’s academic medical enterprise and our ability to deliver excellent patient care, education, research, and service to our community.
May 28, 2022

Supporting Our Community in Wake of Tragedy in Buffalo
I am deeply saddened to address you today in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, which appears motivated by hate, violence, and racist white supremacist ideology that has no place in our society.
May 15, 2022

Update on Vice President and General Counsel Search
After concluding a national search with a strong candidate pool, I am pleased to appoint Charles Barber as the George Washington University’s permanent Vice President and General Counsel.
May 13, 2022

Celebrating Women's History Month
This week, as we begin commemorations for Women's History Month, I am delighted to join our community in honoring the voices and contributions of women and their vital role in shaping the past, present, and future of our nation and our university.
March 3, 2022

Addressing the Invasion of Ukraine
Like many of you, over these past several weeks I have monitored with deep concern the growing crisis in Ukraine. Today, we have learned of an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine carried out by Russian military. There are reports of explosions, gunfire, and, tragically, lives lost.
Feb. 24, 2022

Provost Announcement
I am delighted to share with you an important leadership announcement: I have named Christopher Alan Bracey the George Washington University’s permanent provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
Feb. 18, 2022

Message Regarding Data Analytics Pilot Project
I write to inform you of a data analytics pilot project that took place on the university campus during the Fall 2021 semester, and to apologize on behalf of the university for the failure to inform you in advance of commencing this project.
Feb. 11, 2022

Message Regarding Posters Displayed on Campus
I want to be very clear: I support freedom of speech—even when it offends people—and creative art is a valued way to communicate on important societal issues.
Feb. 7, 2022

Marking Black History Month
This week marks the start of Black History Month, and I can think of no more significant place to be at this moment than at our university in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 3, 2022

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We honor Dr. King’s historic contributions to the civil rights movement by serving, building community, and fighting for racial justice.
Jan. 17, 2022

Message from President Wrighton
My strong view is that by working together we can accelerate the progress of GW as one of the world’s great research universities.
Jan. 3, 2022

Mark S. Wrighton to Serve as Interim President
Dr. Wrighton is Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis.
Sept. 10, 2021