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by Kaitlyn Schmitt (kschmitt@gwu.edu)

As part of their 2018 Commencement Guide, the GW Hatchet student newspaper reported on graduating student leaders' reflections on their involvement. The students discussed positive outcomes from their involvement in student organizations, including:

  • Applying skills they learned about in class to their student organizations,
  • Leveraging leadership experience in job interviews, and
  • Feeling a greater sense of belonging and community.

The Center for Student Engagement is committed to cultivating these positive outcomes through student organizations - part of why CSE staff have dedicated over 2,500 hours in the last academic year to advising student organizations. We're thrilled these students and many others have experienced these positive outcomes, and we will continue to encourage the involvement of incoming and current students to promote the opportunities to practice leadership, apply transferable skills, and feel connected to one another and to GW.

by Bridgette Behling (bbehling@gwu.edu)

Back in December, we posted about some ground-breaking work in the GW TRAiLS program. Staff from the Center for Student Engagement have taken an innovative approach in their work by partnering with the university's Mental Health Services staff to promote healthy living. More about that work was recently published in the Outdoor Insider magazine published by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) when Lin Philpott, the CSE's Coordinator for Outdoor Leadership, wrote about Making Your Outdoor Program a Mental Health Resource. The article shares how Center for Student Engagement staff have partnered with colleagues in GW's Mental Health Services to decrease stigma around help-seeking behavior and increase participation in outdoor programming by viewing it as a resource in self-care. Congratulations on being published, Lin!

How do you incorporate mental health into your outdoor education program?

Photo from The Washington Post

Food insecurity remains an issue for college students, including at the George Washington University. In an article entitled The hidden crisis on college campuses: Many students don’t have enough to eat, the Washington Post reports on a recent survey on hunger and homelessness among college students, including highlighting the experience of GW students experiencing food insecurity and the CSE's efforts to address the issue with The Store: GW's Food Pantry. The study, sponsored by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, assesses the basic needs security of college students and includes recommendations for action steps for students, colleges and universities, and policy makers.

by Tim Miller (millertm@gwu.edu)
The Store at the George Washington University

We continue to learn more about food insecurity and homelessness and how they affect the lives of our college students. This piece, Faces of Hunger in America by Mehnaz Ladha, helps identify how hunger impacts the youngest in our society and can hold them back from their potential. Her well-researched piece includes perspectives for a variety of universities who are working to support students living with food insecurity - including GW. Mehnaz examines this issue from a breadth of perspectives and shines a light on the issue and helps us consider how we can all take action to support these students. This is an important read for anyone working on this issue on their campus.

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