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Professor Pulcini, a Professor of Nursing, was the Director of Community and Global Initiatives and served as the Chair of the Acute & Chronic Care Faculty Community. Maureen Albero, a Community Engaged Scholar at the Nashman Center, interviewed Professor Pulcini to learn more about her work. 

Professor Pulcini has been with GW for seven and a half years and has been expanding international opportunities for Nursing students. Professor Pulcini’s dedication to local and global public health manifests in her research and initiatives. Locally, from the PCORI Grant, Professor Pulcini has been able “to research asthma barriers in children with special needs.” The PCORI Grant also allowed Professor Pulcini and her collaborators to focus her research in Washington, DC, Iowa, and Washington State. In DC, Professor Pulcini worked with “nurses and parents in schools to create a community engaged design study that focused on children with special needs and asthma.” 

Professor Pulcini teaches and participates in a Community Health, a course at GW that is required for Nursing students. As a requirement in this course, students may go to either Haiti, Ecuador, Costa Rica, or Uganda for one week. In this one week, students are totally immersed in this community as they do 40-50 hours of service. Professor Pulcini asserts that “the goal in this course is for students to have a community health experience.” This one week abroad “satisfies a major portion of the clinical component of Community Health by providing healthcare, treatment, and education abroad.” Professor Pulcini noted that “Carol Lang, the current Director of Community and Global Initiatives, is working to expand the program to include Slovenia.” 

Professor Pulcini noted that in recent trips to “Uganda and Haiti, students worked with community workers to teach community members about hypertension.” In Haiti, “students worked with mothers and children susceptible to anemia and parasitic diseases.” Professor Pulcini found this work in Haiti to be very intriguing as community members asked the facutly, and students, “to teach the community at large about anemia in hopes to implement preventative measures.” To maintain these global partnerships, new students in Community Health and experienced faculty members visit the same sites each year. To note, Community Health is offered every semester.  

While students learn a tremendous amount about local and global public health from this experience, students also benefit in other less obvious ways. “After living in an under resourced part of the world,” Professor Pulcini has seen “students change the direction of their academic study, pursue higher degrees in public health, and work internationally.” When asked about her favorite student story, Professor Pulcini recounted a memorable student experience, “this student earned their doctorate in Global Health from Duke University and continued their post-doctorate fellowship at Harvard. Now, this student focuses their work on tuberculosis in South Africa.” From the student’s experience in Community Health, they were inspired to “center their career in International Health.” 

Professor Pulcini encourages all students to take a service learning course because “you will learn so much about the community and world.” 


Zaniya Lewis is the Founder/CEO and Executive Directior of #YesSheCanCampaign, as well as a writer, activist, speaker, designer, and entrepreneur.  Zaniya is a senior at GWU majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Services and Social Justice. Zaniya is also GWU's 2019-2020 Knapp Fellow. 

The Climb Is Our Story is a "program implemented by YesSheCanCampaign and The Multicultural Student Services Center at GWU in partnership with School Without Walls."

  • To learn more about the Zaniya's  Knapp Fellowship, please click here to read her interview with Community-Engaged Scholar Emebte Atanaw.
  • For more information about The Climb is Our Story, please click here to visit Zaniya's website or here for a description.

Recently, Zaniya published an article in seventeen magazine talking about what inspired her to found  and grow YesSheCanCampaign. In 2016, when Zaniya was 18, she "founded a national 501(c)(3) youth-led organization called YesSheCanCampaign that empowers girls overcoming adversity while striving to complete their education."

In her article, Zaniya notes that YesSheCanCampaign began as an Instagram account. Within “4 months,” Zaniya “started to receive emails from people across the country asking about how to get involved with her mission.” 

Since founding YesSheCanCampaign, members have “volunteered 10,000+ hours, reached 2,000+ students, won five national awards and one national award. In July 2019,” YesSheCanCampaign “became a Princess Diana Award 2019 Holder, which is the largest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.” 

Zaniya's article includes how YesSheCanCampaign impacts young women across the US as they overcome adversity and pursue education.  

  • To read Zaniya's full article in seventeen magazine, please click here.
  • For more information about Zaniya, please click here to visit her website.
  • To follow YesSheCanCampaign on twitter, please click here.
  • To get involved with YesSheCanCampaign, please click here to learn about opportunities.

Civic Life Project is calling for submissions for the Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge. Enter and Win up to $5,000!

“You or a group of you can share your voice on an issue you care deeply about in the 2020 election. Your film should have the power to convince young people like yourself of the importance of the issue, the reason to get involved and to engage your audience to go to the polls and vote.”

For more information, click here. 

The 2019 Julian Clement Chase Prize for undergraduate writing about
Washington, DC is awarded to:
Adam Graubart, Human Services and Social Justice
for his research study,
"Pursuing Tzedek: D.C. Synagogues Building Movements for Social Justice."

Our congratulations to Adam for this honor. As a Human Services and Social Justice major, Graubart enrolled in many community engaged scholarship courses while at GW. He was also involved in local community organizing, and represented GW as the Campus Compact Newman Fellow.

Many community engaged scholarship courses include written assignments that could be submitted for the Chase Prize. Please encourage your students to do so.

...continue reading "Julian Clement Chase Prize Award Ceremony"

The American Public Health Association meeting is just around the corner and there are still spots available to attend see flyer for information. This is call for abstracts on How to Achieve Real Social Change: Opportunities and Challenges for Effective Partnership and Collaboration in Community-based Primary Health Care (CBPHC).

The Community-Based Primary Health Care Working group of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association presents a one day Pre-Conference to the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA Saturday November 2, 2019.

If you would like to submit an abstract for a poster session, the deadline has been extended to Oct. 15th.

Please visit this CBPHC flyer for more information about abstract criteria and submission guidelines.

This is a great opportunity to share research or what you've learned from community partners about public health.

Here is a list of free courses available to anyone who wants to be better prepared in an emergency or to anyone who wants to help their community be prepared for an emergency.

Click here for more information about the following courses:

  • IS-120.c An Introduction to Exercises
  • IS-230.d Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • IS-235.c Emergency Planning
  • IS-240.b Leadership and Influence
  • IS-241.b Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • IS-242.b Effective Communication
  • IS-244.b Developing and Managing Volunteers

You will receive a certificate upon completion.

Also, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is offering a 5 course program.

  • Please click here for more information about different course options and programs.
  • Please click here for specific IHI Open School Online Course opportunities.

The October 3rd October Conversation focused on the Intersection of Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SOTL) and Service-learning. The discussion led by Maria de la Fuente, (Spanish and Linguistics).

SOTL research is the systematic inquiry about student learning, grounded in theory and research, and disseminated through scholarly publications or presentations. Community-engaged learning pedagogies like service-learning are excellent spaces for SOTL research. Faculty often use data from student reflection assignments, exams, interviews, or outcomes assessments to explore:

...continue reading "Recap: Conversation on the Intersection of SOTL and Service-Learning"

On March 6th, 2020, GW will be hosting a one-day institute on "Civic Prompts in the Major" facilitated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

"Looking to the department as a unit of change, AAC&U’s Civic Prompts in the Major initiative focuses on ways to scaffold student engagement across the major in order to ensure students have multiple opportunities to work with others across differences and perspectives; address pressing local, national, or global issues; and prepare to enter the workforce with a heightened sense of public responsibility. "

Thanks to the generosity of The Endeavor Foundation, AAC&U is organizing two regional one-day institutes in 2020. 

 Goals for the Institute

  • Provide dedicated space for departmental teams through hands-on work to expand students’ opportunities to deepen their civic knowledge, skills, and values in order to inform their sense of agency and responsibility to the larger world, both locally and globally. 
  • Offer an abundant set of materials to assist departments seeking to remap civic designs in the major and assess them along the way. 
  • Make available consultants who have deep knowledge of civic learning, democratic engagements, equity, diversity, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. 
  • Expand regional and national networks of peers as departmental teams commit over time to creating majors that foster equity, social responsibility, and public-mindedness. 
  • Reinforce for faculty members their larger purposes as educators, scholars, and citizens to create inclusive, compassionate, just democratic societies. 

Apply for an Institute 

We invite departmental teams of three or more to apply. The application deadlines is December 16, 2019, for the East Coast (Washington, DC). Teams will be asked to describe what’s working well with their current design and how the department plans to enrich their design through participation in the institute. For examples of rich departmental models in the major, see Civic Learning in the Major by Design and case studies."

For further information, please visit or contact Caryn McTighe Musil ( or Carol-lynn Swol ( 

  • The event will take place March 6, 2020, at The George Washington University in Cooperation with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service Washington, DC. 
  • For questions, please email Dr. Wagner, 

“DCCPA’s Annual Conference will take the theme “Capitalizing on Change,” and brings together higher education professionals from across the region to exchange ideas and discuss best practices, research, current issues, and trends in local, national, and global higher education. The conference will take place on December 6, 2019 at the George Washington University.

Our world, our city, and our institutions are in an era of change and within the next decade, our local and national higher education landscape will look vastly different. A combination of political, economic, demographic, and technological changes are influencing the way in which we do our work every day and while challenging, this era of change presents unique opportunities for innovation and creativity. We want to know how you, your students, and your institutions are rising to the challenges facing us today. What are the ways in which you are capitalizing on change? What are the ways in which you’re preparing for change? How are you preparing your students to enter a changing workforce and economic landscape? How have you succeeded in creating change in your area? 

DCCPA encourages program submissions that connect to ACPA’s Strategic Imperative on Racial Justice and Decolonization. DCCPA, a chapter of ACPA: College Student Educators International, boldly supports the ACPA Strategic Imperative on Racial Justice and Decolonization and explicitly, but not exclusively, invites program proposals that center on the experiences of marginalized peoples.  If you have questions about the strategic imperative, you are invited to review the literature here and engage the board with your questions."

  • Submissions are due October 25, 2019.
  • Confirmations will be sent out on or around November 4.

Read the full call for proposals and submit your proposal here. 

The 6th Global Service-Learning Summit is November 3rd-5th at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. The topic: ‘One World: Inclusion and Transformation in Service-Learning'.  

The schedule for the summit has been announced and the plenary will be on ‘Asset-based Local Engagement and Inclusive Community-Building'. This panel will feature a panel of women who have been working to advance the inclusivity in Upstate South Carolina. To read the original post on the summit click here 

For more information on the summit and how to register click here
For more information on the panel click here