A group of students in the 2020 residency group stand together


On-campus residencies are an important component of the LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program as they allow students to have an interactive and personal experience with one another outside of the virtual classroom. Residencies expose students to a host of multidisciplinary faculty from GW and other top-level institutions, along with prominent guest faculty from the health care and policy fields. 

Over the course of several days, students engage in panel discussions, workshops, outings and networking opportunities with leaders in relevant fields. Students can also take advantage of the benefits of convening in the nation’s capital, often to meet with politicians, policy makers and leaders in the health care industry.


About the Sessions 

A group of students outside the Hart Senate Office Building in summertime

Summer Residency

Held annually in mid-July, the summer residency is the first on-campus meeting of the program year. Students meet faculty and fellow students, complete part of the core course content, attend lectures by distinguished guests and talk with faculty facilitators to make initial explorations of capstone projects.

July 2021 dates forthcoming

A student speaking in a classroom of students at long tables

Spring Residency

Held in January, the spring residency is the second of two required program residencies. It is held from Friday through Monday of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Students complete a portion of their elective course content and present updates from their capstone project.

2021 dates: Friday, Jan. 15–Monday, Jan. 18


Planning Your Residency

Current housing cost is $250. For visiting students, multiple occupancy housing is provided on or near campus at reduced cost. 

There is limited availability of single occupancy units on campus for the summer residency. If single occupancy is desired, we recommend finding housing independently. Contact our office for a list of local hotels and referral services.

Upon request, students may stay additional nights, checking in a day earlier or out a day later, for an additional fee.

Summer: Check-in for the summer begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday before the start of the program on Sunday. Checkout is the following Saturday morning.

Spring: Check-in and checkout for the spring residency are Thursday and Monday, respectively. Students will be hosted in multiple occupancy rooms at Arc the.Hotel.

We estimate the cost of meals for the week at $250–$300, although it is certainly possible to spend more. The program will provide a list of local restaurants with a range of costs and variety of cuisines. Program presentations and meetings are held on Foggy Bottom Campus, near many affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner spots.

Grocery stores Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are also nearby. Lunch on Capitol Hill day will be in the Longworth Congressional cafeteria, which also offers a range of options.

The online format presents an opportunity to invite alumni and community partners and stakeholders to participate. If you are one of our alumni or if you are a representative of an LGBTQI+ organization, please contact [email protected] for information about joining us.

  • Sean Cahill, PhD, director of health policy research at the Fenway Institute
  • Tony D'Augelli, PhD, associate dean for undergraduate programs and outreach in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University
  • Walter Dellinger, JD, professor of law at Duke University, partner with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers and visiting professor of law at Harvard University
  • Sylvia Fisher, PhD, director of research and evaluation, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Paz Galupo, PhD, professor of psychology, Towson University
  • Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, associate professor of sociomedical sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Mara Keisling, founding executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Harvey Makadon, MD, clinical professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director, the National LGBT Health Education Center at the Fenway Institute
  • Ilan Meyer, PhD, senior scholar for public policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law
  • Brian Mustanski, PhD, professor of medical social sciences, psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Charlotte Patterson, PhD, professor of psychology and director, the Sexuality, Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Virginia
  • Carlos Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, associate professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, the George Washington University
  • Margaret Rosario, PhD, professor of psychology, the City College of New York
  • Shane Snowdon, MA, former director, Health and Aging Program, Human Rights Campaign

Tuesday, July 14

  • Welcome and Orientation
  • A Community Conversation about COVID-19
  • Medical Best Practices With Dr. Carl Streed
  • Global LGBTQ Medicine With Nastassia Rambarren
  • LGBTQ Health Policy (required for students in PSYD 6203)
  • Alumni/New Student Virtual Mixer

Wednesday, July 15

  • Ageism, Racism and Intersectionality
  • Mental Health Best Practices
  • Multidisciplinary LGBT Health (required for students in PSYD 6201)
  • Capstone Planning
  • End of Session Student Debrief and Discussion



Stephen Forssell

Stephen Forssell, Program Director

"With D.C. being the center of federal health policy, we want students to have the experience of changing policy. We go to Capitol Hill, we meet with members of Congress, we give them policy input and ask for commitments."