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Community Engaged Scholarship: Next Steps

Students who have had impactful experiences through their community engaged scholarship this year should consider these next steps in sharing their work and continuing their community engagement: 

Continue to Do Service Virtually

Given the continued need for social connections but physical distancing, many students may find that their ability to make a positive difference in the community is helpful for their own well-being.

Many local organizations students have served with this semester have adapted their programs to allow for continued service virtually. These organizations do not currently have capacity to train new volunteers, but students who already served there in person would be most welcome to continue to serve virtually: An-Bryce, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Higher Achievement, Latino Student Fund, Reading Partners, Little Friends for Peace. The need is great, so please encourage your students to consider continued virtual service.

For new opportunities to serve virtually, these are the best resources:

Service Opportunities with DC Public Schools

Many local K-12 students are working hard to continue their studies in a system that is responding well but wasn't designed for distance learning. The Nashman Center is working with DCPS now to create opportunities for our students to provide online tutoring and other help. This opportunity will be available ONLY to students who have already completed the background checks necessary to service with DC Public Schools (including in-person fingerprinting and TB testing). Interested students who already this clearance to serve with DCPS should contact Will Brummet from the Nashman Center:

Propose a Social Innovation Project for GWupstart Funds

Students can submit a proposal for funding to implement a new initiative that builds from their engagement and learning from your course. Several opportunities exist via the Honey W. Nashman Center’s GW Upstart program. Students with relatively small projects can consider the Public Service Grant Commission. Students with larger-scale initiatives might consider the Eco-Equity Challenge, or Projects for Peace.

Apply for The Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning

The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning supports a full-year project for undergraduate or graduate students. Knapp Fellows receive up to $10,000 to connect scholarly research a social issue with the implementation of an entrepreneurial community based project. Proposals are due May 26th.

Submit a Paper for the Julian Clement Chase Prize Through the GW University Writing Program

If students have written a scholarly paper that is about Washington, DC, encourage them to submit it to the University Writing Program's Julian Clement Chase Prize (submissions due May 25th).

Submit a Paper for Publication

Several undergraduate journals, like the Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change focus on community engaged scholarship and accept papers that are project descriptions, case studies, research, and reflections. Link here for a list of journals and their submission information.


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