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Student Opportunities at the Fall 2017 Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship

At the end of each semester, the Nashman Center hosts the Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship. This event invites students, faculty, and community partners to share their experiences, disseminate findings, and learn about many other campus/community initiatives.

The Fall Symposium will take place on Friday, December 8th, Marvin Center 3rd floor. Students involved in a service-learning project will have an opportunity to present posters and be recognized for their work. Contact Wendy Wagner for more information at

Posters will be presented during the 3-4pm session, where there will be a reception as well. Poster guidelines are as follows:

Poster Parameters/Guidelines

  • You don’t have to be present to have your poster be present at the symposium-however you must drop your poster off at the Nashman Center by Thursday, December 7th at 5:00 pm if you wish to have your poster presented without you. If you want to present with your poster you need to be in the Marvin Center grand ball room with your poster by 3:00 to present until 4:00 during the reception.
  • Posters don’t have to be fancy, “science fair” style posters dimensions 28” x 40” or 36” x 48” are perfect but if you have something prepared that’s in the ball park of these dimensions that is okay. We’ll have tables set up so if you have a tablet or laptop showing videos, photos or audio to accompany your board –there’s a place for that (just make sure they are charged before-hand since we won’t have access to outlets).
  • Individual OR group/organization OR class poster presentations are welcomed and encouraged!

To participate in the GW Symposium Poster Session, please contact by with November 20th with the name of your group and whether you intend to present your poster in person or submit it for display.

Poster Highlights

  • Posters should be clear about who YOU are (name of the group) and who YOUR COMMUNITY PARTNER is.
    • Include the name of your partner organization, their mission and relevant programs, and how they partnered with your group
  • The emphasis of this event is community-engagement as a scholarly endeavor. This means we emphasize:
    • What you learned/are learning
    • The outcomes/intended outcomes for the community you are working with
  • Be sure your poster is clear about how your work is a demonstration of community-engaged scholarship.
    • Show how you are trying to learn about an issue or answer a question through the service or community action

Examples of categories to include in Community Action and Service posters (your poster may not have all/any of these depending on your action/service scholarship):

  • What did you learn/are you learning by engaging in this initiative?
  • What were your research questions or inquiry models?
  • Did you collect any information? (data, charts, interviews, photos, historic data)
  • How will your work impact this policy issue or community problem?

Here are a few other opportunities to choose from for students at the Fall 2017 Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship:

9:30-10:15 am Faculty Breakfast

Presentations and discussion about current and community partnerships in DC Public Schools from the Nashman Center’s Engage DC program and VISTA leadership. Learn more about opportunities to engage your students and your scholarship with the DC Public School System.

10:30-11:45am Sessions, Marvin Center, 3rd Floor:

Direct Service and Pathways to Citizenship

Student panelists are engaged in direct service experiences through a variety of GW courses.

Moderated by Amy Cohen, Executive Director of the Nashman Center

- Community Engaged Scholarship & Entrepreneurship at GW

Student panelists are engaged in social entrepreneurship through a variety of GW programs, including the GW New Venture Competition and the Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning.

Moderated by Scott Stein, Associate Director, Student Entrepreneurship Programs

- Civic House Proposals for GW Engagement

Students in the Civic House program propose new GW partnerships to address issues such as food insecurity in DC, LGBTQ+ Civil Rights, and homelessness

Moderated by Colleen Packard, Graduate Coordinator of Civic House

12:00-1:15pm Lunch Marvin Center, 3rd Floor please note lunch is free but you must RSVP for lunch at this link

1:30-2:45pm Sessions, Marvin Center, 3rd Floor:

Community Engagement in STEM Fields

Student panelists are engaged in the community through a STEM course.

Moderated by Tara Scully, Department of Biology

 Operación Impacto: Daring to step up in our commitment to Civic Values and Civic Action

Students engaged through coursework in Spanish 3040 and through Operación Impacto and   Chávez~Huerta 2018 will present their work, vision and experiences. The Campaigning for Change award will be introduced as part of a call to action during this session.  Note: while all are welcome to attend, this session will be conducted in Spanish.

Moderated by Dolores Perillan, Spanish program

Senior Well-being in DC

Students in the Human Services and Social Justice program present their findings and recommendations for DC as an “Age Friendly City” to staff from the DC Office on Aging.

Moderated by Emily Morrison, Program Director of Human Service and Social Justice

Eco Equity Challenge

In Washington, D.C., under-served communities bear the burden of the worst environmental hazards.  The Eco Equity Challenge provides students with funding to implement a project that brings together sustainability and social justice to make a real impact in communities in the District.  Join this workshop to explore the concept of environmental justice and begin to develop your own idea for a project with the guidance of our staff.  Applications for the Eco Equity Challenge are accepted through February 16th.

Moderated by Jonathan Butler and Kimberly Williams

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