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“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference. Since arriving at George Washington, we have been struck by our students’ passion for changing the world and by the imaginative and intellectually serious way in which they harness that passion by developing concrete, innovative projects.” — Former GW President, Steven Knapp

The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning has been established at the George Washington University to support student projects that make a significant difference to the lives of others. Working with a faculty advisor and partners in the community, Knapp Fellows address social issues in their community context, through a combination of scholarship and action. Knapp Fellows receive up to $10,000 to connect scholarly research a social issue with the implementation of an entrepreneurial community based project.

The Knapp Fellowship supports students in any discipline. Previous Knapp Fellows have implemented projects related to: school support for students who are immigrants, telling the stories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), addressing food waste and food insecurity in DC public schools, youth development through the arts, supporting survivors of sexual assault, and voter participation in under-represented populations. The students’ scholarly work has included research papers, presentations, and even a documentary film.

GW undergraduate and graduate students, working individually or in teams, are encouraged to apply.

  • Step 1: Contact Rachel Talbert for an initial advising meeting (

  • Step 2: Submit proposal by May 24th, 2019

  • Step 3: Finalists are contacted and prepare presentations to a review panel

  • Step 4: Selected Knapp Fellows implement their scholarly work and community project in the 2019/2020 academic year.

To learn more about current and previous Knapp Fellows and the application process click here.

You can also learn more from the current Knapp Fellows and their faculty advisors at the upcoming Symposium for Community Engaged Scholarship, Friday, April 26th at 2:30pm.

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The SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institute (SSI) will be hosted by Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio on August 1-4, 2019.

SSI brings together formal and informal educators, learners, and community and government partners for a rich mix of plenaries, workshops, and other sessions that focus not only on what students should learn, but how that learning might be accomplished.

The theme for SSI 2019 is Partnership Power: STEM Learning as a Force for Civic Renewal. In addition to their core focus on effective pedagogy and course design, the Institute program will explore collaborations and partnerships that advance STEM learning and build civic capacity for addressing the critical challenges facing our democracy.

For more information and registration, click here.



Dr. Sean D. Cleary, a member of the Nashman Affiliate Faculty, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. His work with young adults with autism for class “The Autism Experience: A Public Health Perspective” has been highlighted in GW Today!

We are excited to see a spotlight on the excellent work that Dr. Cleary and his colleagues are doing! Check out the article here. Check out more of our great Nashman Affiliate Faculty here.

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Save the date for the 2019 Annual Conference on Citizenship, which will take place at the College Park Marriott in College Park, Maryland on October 29-30, 2019. Come prepared to share your stories and your work to strengthen our democracy with a remarkable array of activists and reformers.

Further information regarding registration and content will be forthcoming. If you have any questions before then, please reach out to


Professor Gregor D. Squires, a Nashman Affiliate Faculty member and Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration, will be teaching the Social Problems in America (SOC 2105) Engaged Scholarship/Service-Learning class in Fall 2019. The Nashman Faculty Update wanted to highlight this class for those who might be interested as registration comes up soon!

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The class aims to integrate students into the city to see first-hand the problems addressed in the readings, lectures, films, and other classroom activities. It includes guest speakers who are actively engaged in addressing critical issues facing the DC community, attendance and analysis of an event in DC (e.g. Congressional hearing, theatrical performance, political demonstration, museum exhibit) and volunteering with a local non-profit advocacy or service delivery organization. The final paper will be an assessment of the causes, consequences, and potential solutions of a critical social problem based on students’ experiences on and off campus.

To read more about the class, check out the page from Fall 2018 on GivePulse here. You can also check out our previous interview with Professor Squires here.

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Through the generous support of the NASPA Foundation and their donors, NASPA is announcing a new scholarship for NASPA's professional development programs. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide access to professional development opportunities for individuals that might not otherwise have the financial means to participate. The professional development events available for this application cycle are the following:

· 2019 Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference

· 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

· 2019 Closing the Achievement Gap Conference

· 2019 First-generation Student Success Conference

· 2019 Student Financial Wellness Conference

Complete applications will include:

· Online demographic information (which you can fill out here)

· Application Questions

· Current résumé or CV

· Completed Budget Template with necessary backup.

Recipients of the scholarships must produce pre-engagement and post-engagement blogs/essays/social media posts, as well as volunteer at least two hours during the selected conference. Specific engagement and volunteer activities will be confirmed with the selected recipients.

More information about this process can be found here. Apply here.

Join the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement and the March on Washington Film Festival on Wednesday, April 10th at 7pm in the Jack Morton Auditorium for a special screening of the new film, The Best of Enemies, starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell.

The film screening will be followed by a guided discussion with GW School of Media and Public Affairs professor, Dr. Imani M. Cheers.

Doors open at 6:30pm and admission is free and on a first come first serve basis. To register click here.

Each semester the Nashman Center hosts the Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship, an afternoon for students, faculty, and community partners to share and reflect upon their experiences. During the Showcase Session, student presentations describe the nature of their community engagement during the semester, in terms of:

  • the outcomes for the community,
  • the outcomes on their own learning and growth, and
  • what they believe the general public needs to know about the issue they addressed or the community they worked with.

To prepare a Showcase Session presentation, it is important to keep in mind a few key aspects of the context of this portion of the Symposium.

During this part of the Symposium, the audience flows through presentations much like an art gallery or research day poster session.

IMG_1984.jpegYou will not have a sit-down audience. People come and go. We advise you to carefully prepare a 1-2 minute “pitch” presentation, which you will give many times. The goal of this pitch is to make your audience want to stay longer to ask follow-up questions and hear more about your project. Spend some time thinking about how to summarize your experience, while highlighting the community impact, what you learned, and what you think it is important for the general public to know about the issues your project addressed.

Leverage visual aids to get audience attention and make your points memorable.


Students use posters, powerpoint slides, handouts, art, or other visual aids to be able to quickly and memorably make their points. In some cases, such as for engineering or interior design courses, students bring the actual product they designed for their community partner.

For students using slides on a laptop: photographs, maps, and graphs have greater impact than bullet points or text. You will need to bring your own laptop, and make sure its battery is fully charged.

Consider ways to engage the audience in active participation.


If your findings are surprising, ask your audience what they think or expect before revealing the results. Take a poll, indicating the results in real time using a poster with tally marks. If there is a way the general public can make a difference on the issue or with the community you worked with, provide information about that (what information can they share with their elected representatives? where can they go to do volunteer service?)

Dr. Anna Helm GW School of Business Nashman Faculty Spotlight

Bianca Trinidad, a scholar with Community Engaged Scholarship at the Nashman Center sat down with Dr. Anna Helm, a Nashman Affiliate from the GW School of Business (GWSB), to learn more about the possibilities and challenges of performing community-engaged work within GWSB.

Dr. Helm holds multiple roles at GW: as a faculty member in the Department of International Business, as the Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER), and as the Principal Investigator of a Teagle Foundation Grant related to the integration of Liberal Arts into the undergraduate business curriculum at GWSB.

Dr. Helm’s primary role is as a faculty member, teaching courses on international business and international marketing in particular, occasionally offering specialty courses like Foreign Market Analysis, Cultural Environment of International Business, and International Perspectives on Green Business, along with short-term study aboard consulting courses. These specialty courses pinpoint Dr. Helm’s passions: consulting, culture and sustainability. In the Green Business course specifically, she teaches sustainability from an international and service-learning perspective, engaging “glocally” with local organizations like Martha’s Table as well as international non-profits. Longer term, her overseas consulting courses focus specifically on intensive consulting projects for international clients – typically in the CleanTech or Healthcare industries – assisting innovative international start-ups in bringing their product solutions into the U.S. marketplace.

As a long-standing committee member for CoreFac, which helps develop programming for undergraduate students at GWSB, Dr. Helm strives to embody the focus of the Teagle Foundation by bringing liberal arts learning into the undergraduate business curriculum within GWSB. Dr. Helm explains that as a part of the Teagle Foundation Grant, professors from the Columbian College have developed and taught modules in their specialty areas – Arabic, German, and Korean language and culture - within her Cultural Environment of International Business course.

With a bigger global picture in mind, Dr. Helm also is the Director of GW-CIBER, a center derived from a federal Title VI Grant from the Department of Education to promote U.S. competitiveness abroad. GW-CIBER promotes the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise by  supporting research and educational programming related to international business and by conducting outreach to the corporate community.

Dr. Helm shared what she likes about her community engaged work with us and why it is important:

“I really enjoy the interaction with students and especially to see them apply their theoretical knowledge in the real world and then bring back practical insights to the classroom.  The community engagement in the Business School looks a bit different from what is done in other disciplines. We tend to focus on firms mostly and our students bring their talents and skills to help those companies succeed in their markets. Personally, I have opted to work within industries that I consider important for the common good and which can help ensure a sustainable future for all, such as the CleanTech and Healthcare industries.”   

And what about the mix between local and global engagement for her students?

“I want to do more, and I do think that there are a lot of ways to engage, but it’s hard to implement it while purely focusing on non-profits. My personal limitation is that I teach international business, and invariably the intimacy of getting students involved in their local business communities is not always possible. Most of the time we are working with firms across the globe, and that distance fundamentally changes the experience for both students and faculty.”

As noted earlier, Dr. Helm’s passion lies in sustainability and culture, and we wanted to learn more. To explain, Dr. Helm told us about her time growing up in Sweden and how that impacted her thinking:

Coming from Sweden which has a much greater focus on sustainability, I was baffled at some of the wasteful behaviors that I observed when I moved to the U.S. back in the 90s. When I first arrived here as an exchange student, having never set foot in the United States before, I remember how surprised I was that my host family used disposable plates. I also noted that people took much longer shower and that they did not turn off the water while shampooing their hair. In Sweden we grew up with a love of nature and a focus on taking care of the community. As children we even had songs to sing while we were outside picking up trash. I was just a totally different world. I think those experiences are what really prompted me to focus on sustainability and clean technology. In my opinion, CleanTech is right at the intersection of Sweden’s passion for engineering and technology and its love of nature. Sweden is a world leader in high-tech innovation, and sustainability is ingrained into the whole process of the conceptualization and development of new products. On a personal level, culture is my lens to international business. To figure out how a culture is distinctive and how to define in positive ways how that culture can productively engage in international business solutions is truly fascinating.” 

As always, we ask faculty to share a favorite story about their course and Dr. Helm described her shared success through the experience of a former student:

“I really take pride in the fact that students are getting real-life experiences in my courses to bring to their future careers. One student e-mailed me after her first big meeting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers with all the new recruits and told me that the people in charge had asked the new employees “Is there anybody here who knows about hypothesis-driven consulting?” which is a method that I had used in my class. My former student was so excited because she was the only one of 50 new recruits who knew what that was and had actively used the approach in a real-client consulting project. For me it was really fulfilling to know that what we do in my Foreign Market Analysis consulting course does have a positive and tangible impact on students.”

Not only does she share successes with individuals but on a greater scale, Dr. Helm’s commitment to Community Engaged Scholarship has led her to a greater appreciation of the feedback loop between academia and experience:

“I find that it is fulfilling both for the faculty and the students to work together on research projects. I personally have a small research team consisting of current students and alumni that works on my green consumer behavior research project. It is fulfilling to know that you are giving students a chance to be embedded in the academic community of the university, helping them explore career options and prepare for the real world. We get them involved and thereby help them become more thoughtful and engaged global citizens. I also think that for faculty it is important to be connected to the real world, because it is so easy to be cocooned in academia with our specialized research. To branch out and actually understand the implications of your research in the real world and having to bring back that feedback and those insights from the world outside to what you do allows us to develop a fresh perspective. There is really a kind of symbiosis there, in which you need to have that blood or pulse from the real world - to be a better teacher and researcher.”

And if students are interested in learning more about international business, marketing, or sustainability?

“I am currently teaching Foreign Market Analysis, which is my consulting course. I also teach Cultural Environment of International Business. That’s the course into which we have incorporated the Liberal Arts by bringing in faculty from the Columbian College to teach about the connection between language and culture. That course focuses on cross-cultural differences in managing and motivating people from different cultures and how to optimally lead diverse teams.”

The Nashman Center thanks Dr. Helm for sharing these insights with us. To learn more about our community engaged faculty click here, and for information on our community engaged courses click here.

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