As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. is a destination known for its dedication to progress, diversity, and inclusivity. It has long been a gathering place for people to put their power of free speech to work, where impactful demonstrations that have taken place have shaped the future of United States, and where some of the most significant nonprofits advocating for social progress call home.
With more than 175 embassies reflecting a wide range of cultures and 10-plus Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the area, D.C. is the perfect spot for event planners to discover socially minded venues — ranging from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, which in 2020 underwent a $211-million modernization and renovation, to the Hotel Zena, a 191-room hotel in Logan Circle that celebrates women through its programming and design. Now more than ever, individuals are looking to support organizations that make a positive impact on society, and with D.C. as their host destination, planners can feel empowered to advance their organization’s progressive agendas.
“We encourage visitors and meeting planners alike to genuinely engage in Washington, D.C.’s DEI community and to look for meaningful ways to embrace diversity in the city,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, Destination DC. “Whether that’s through the vendors and venues or the speakers and experiences, it’s about connecting on a human level and being inclusive.”
“Travel has the opportunity to unite people and provide an understanding that we have more similarities than differences,” said Ferguson. “One of the advantages of visiting Washington, D.C. is its access to different cultures and vibrant neighborhoods, global cuisine and multi-cultural arts, and most of all, its diverse people.”