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Give pulse gives you an easy way to check service hours for the entire time they are at GW as a student or faculty. Here are three easy steps to find the summary of your service hours.

Step one: go to Givepulse and log in using your GW email login.

Step Two: click your name and click summary

Step Three: a PDF summary of all your hours will appear on the screen for you to save or print. Don't forget that all hours for this year must be in by April 24th! Be sure to submit hours now to avoid problems in April and thanks for serving!

The Nashman Center recognizes students, faculty, staff, and community commitments to community engagement, scholarship, and social innovation each year.  Click here to see if you are eligible for graduation awards!


The Knapp Fellowship award is just around the corner. The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year.  Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others. Awardees must work with the support and guidance of a faculty member on their research and action projects and must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calendar year in which the award is being given in order to qualify as a candidate for the Knapp Fellowship.

One key application component is that you must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calendar year in order to qualify as a candidate for the Knapp Fellowship.

Click here to see previous winners and their projects!

This year's 2019-2020 winners are Zaniya Lewis, and Yesenia Grajeda Yepez!

Click here to learn more about Zaniya's project!

Click here to learn more about Yesenia's project!




On January 17, 2020 The Nashman Center will be gathering all Community-Engaged Scholarship course instructors for a meeting to kick-off the semester right. Lunch will be provided!

We are looking forward to sharing a number of resources with you and discussing each others' new ideas, concerns, and questions. A few important conversations we'll have include:

  • Your feedback on the new course, department, and school reports that our GWServes platform makes possible.
  • Advice from the registrar on a number of ways to ensure students are aware your course will include community engagement.
  • Changes to the Symposium for Community-Engaged Scholarship.

To register for this event click right here!

Hope to see you all there!

Faculty, TAs and GAs please join us for an online virtual tutorial about your course and how to register students on GWServes/givepulse. We will review how to see student hours, how to edit your class, how to find your community partners and ass to your page and how students add their impact hours. Weblink for each day will be sent out ahead of the sessions. Down below are the times and dates for the sessions. RSVP link down below.

Session days/times:
January 10th at 10am
January 11th at 10am
January 14th at noon
January 15th at noon

RSVP by clicking here!

Millions of American children live in families with incomes below the poverty line. A  wealth of evidence suggests that growing up in poverty compromises children’s ability to grow and achieve success in adulthood, hurting them and the broader society as well.

Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a comprehensive study of child poverty in the U.S., and to identify evidence-based programs and policies for reducing the number of children living in poverty by half within 10 years. The National Academies appointed a committee with expertise in economics, psychology, cognitive science, public policy, education, sociology, and pediatrics to conduct the study and issue a report.

The committee’s report identifies four packages of policies and programs that emphasize both poverty reduction and work incentives that could substantially reduce child poverty in the U.S. This includes two options that reduce child poverty by 50 percent. These packages expand upon existing policies and programs, such as SNAP, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and offer up new ones, such as a national job training program and a universal child allowance. The costs of these packages range from $9 billion to $108.8 billion per year and have different impacts on child poverty, jobs, and the federal budget. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released the report makes clear that poverty has deleterious consequences for all children, and that a much higher proportion of racial/ethnic minority children and children in immigrant families are exposed to poverty’s harmful effects.


To read more about the report click here





Tell us your idea for a DC Oral History Project!
Learn how to apply for funding to record new oral histories or create public humanities projects using existing interviews.
Each year, the DC Oral History Collaborative makes funding available for oral history projects or for public humanities projects that use existing oral history collections. Join us for a coffee chat, workshop, or webinar session to get more information on eligibility and how to apply. 
Prospective applicants can come to discuss potential project designs or to simply gather information. All sessions are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit
The application deadline is January 10, 2020.

 Monday's discussion offers attendees a chance to look at how housing instability or housing conditions affect our health and the overall health of the community and how slumlords contribute to unhealthy communities. DC Councilmember Anita Bonds, Chair of the Committee on Housing and Revitalization, Dr. Janet Phoenix from GWU, ANC Commissioner Regina Pixley and Black Youth Project 100 join us as guest speakers.
TIME:12 noon 🕛- 2:30 pm🕝
WHEN: MONDAY, December 2nd
WHERE:@The Dorothy Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd NE (lower lvl large conference rm; 3 blks from Minn Ave Metro, parking in rear).

Join William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor Molly Jane Udaya Sturges for an in-depth look into the crossroads of music, healing, community making, and spirituality. For over 25 years Molly has been working as a social practice composer, artistic director, and healing arts practitioner with individuals and communities around the globe. During this time she has been changed, stripped-down, created anew and rendered silent in wonder by the power of music and the participatory arts to heal. From hospices, nursing homes, treatment centers, schools, border town communities, in collaboration with scientists, and everything else in- between, Molly will share insights from the frontlines. As a person who has faced critical and life-threatening illnesses, she will also reflect upon this work from many different interwoven perspectives. This event will take place Monday, November 18, 2019, at Phillips B-109 from 4:15-5:30pm. Hope to see you there!

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"

“The Climb Is Our Story” will provide college and career readiness skills to School Without Walls high school students who participate in the Multicultural Student Services Center student internship program.  GW students will facilitate college and career readiness workshops with the assistance of the MSSC from September 2019 - May 2020. 

Zaniya Lewis,  a 2019-2020 Knapp Fellowship winner is a senior studying Political Science with a minor in Human Services and Social Justice. Community-Engaged Scholar, Emebte Atanaw, sat down with her to learn more about her research project.  

Zaniya created this program because School Without Walls does not have a college prep course,  this program will help students prepare for college success. All students participating in the program are overcoming obstacles to get ready for life beyond high school. The program includes a service component, students will volunteer at least once a month at a local non-profit organization during the school year. At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in The Climb Tour visiting local businesses in D.C. to learn about career opportunities. After completing the program students will have a portfolio that of college and career tools. 

Lewis will use surveys throughout the program to measure success and assess how the program could be adjusted in the future. In addition, there are individual target goals for students who participate in the program. The project will be a model for other high schools looking to improve their college and career preparation program.  

 Zaniya believes it’s important to incorporate members of the community into her researchLewis explains, “My whole project is about helping others on their climb and leaving the door open. As college students, we have experienced the college and career process, so why not teach students the lessons we learned from our experience. My goal has always been to use what I have learned and give back to others.”  

 In the future, Zaniya hopes to implement her program at other schools throughout the United States with college and career readiness. She will do this by partnering with more businesses, and her non-profit organization, the YesSheCanCampaign.  

 if you are interested in learning more about Zaniya’s work visit her website

Applications for next year's Knapp Fellows are open to learning more about the fellowships and application information click here. 

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