South Asian Community
The South Asian community at the George Washington University (GW) is a diverse group of students, faculty and staff, who represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences unified under the goal of cultural awareness. Currently, Asian student enrollment is 10% at the undergraduate level and 9% at the graduate level at GW. The South Asian community is a significant subset of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community at large. APIA's reflect the cultures of 49 different countries. South and South Eastern Asian countries share a strong centralized cultural history and tend to celebrate APIA Heritage Month in tandem with other Asian countries.
With 17 student organizations promoting the values and traditions of South and Central Asian cultures, South Asian programs include culture shows, distinguished guest lectures and other educational events.
Throughout the month of March, GW celebrates South Asian heritage showcasing the rich history, culture and accomplishments of the South Asian community. The Multicultural Student Services Center provides logistical support for South Asian organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness.