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Academia too often focuses only on research, and community engaged scholarship allows people to rehumanize their fields and to consider the impact they could have in applying what they know, to the communities most in need in Washington, DC."

Professor Sangeeta Prasad, M.Ed, Psy.D., Nashman Center Affiliate Faculty and Adjunct Professor of Human Services and Social Justice, sat down to talk with us about her community engaged scholarship class, HSSJ 2170: Interpersonal relationships, which she has taught for the past four years. The class is a part of the Human Services and Social Justice department. It focuses on helping students better understand the dynamics of relationships, which they experience through the direct service they complete for the class. This semester, the class served with six different site partners, ranging from after-school programs to senior services.

Professor Prasad shared that she believes community-engaged scholarship is important because “Academia too often focuses only on research, and community engaged scholarship allows people to rehumanize their fields and to consider the impact they could have in applying what they know to the communities most in need in Washington, DC. In my sense, as somebody who moved here like many professors, we have a responsibility to the community in which we are living and to serve our students well… community engaged learning, I think forces us in a way to grow in our capacity to listen, to reflect, and to support our students.” ...continue reading "Spotlight on Community Engaged Faculty and Course HSSJ 2170 – Interpersonal Relationships with Nashman Affiliate Sangeeta Prasad"

Dr. Sara Hooshangi is saying goodbye to GW after ten years as the inaugural director of the Integrated Information, Science and Technology (IIST) bachelor’s degree program

Dr. Hooshangi has been a friend of the Nashman Center and a champion of community engaged scholarship in the STEM fields. We will miss you Sara - all our best to you.

For more information, link here for the announcement in the College of Professional Studies newsletter. 





Dr. Susan LeLacheur, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, recently published with other scholars, Minority Physician Assistant Faculty: A Phenomenological Assessment of Factors Leading to Retention in the Faculty Role. This article focuses on “improving racial and ethnic diversity in the physician assistant (PA) profession is important to providing better care for underserved communities” (LeLacheur et al. 79). To read Professor LeLacheur et al.'s article, please click here.   ...continue reading "Community Engaged Faculty, Dr. Susan LeLacheur"

An Interview with Dr. Lotrecchiano: “We need teams because we can’t solve problems alone. This brings diversity to the table to solve wicked problems.” 

Professor Lotrecchiano’s courses highlight the importance of diverse perspectives and revolutionize concepts of interdisciplinary collaboration. ...continue reading "Faculty Spotlight: Professor Lotrecchiano"

Award winning multimedia producer and Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Imani Cheers recently published The Evolution of Black Women in Television: Mammies, Matriarchs, and Mistresses. To read the beginning of Dr. Cheers’ recent publication, please click here. To acquire the entire text, please click here to view its reserve options through Gelman Library. To view purchasing options, please click here. To learn more about Dr. Cheers, please click here to visit her website.  ...continue reading "Community Engaged Faculty, Dr. Imani Cheers"

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!

Dr. Phyllis Ryder, Director of the University Writing Program, recently published Beyond Critique: Global Activism and the Case of Malala Yousafzai. The article focuses on Malala Yousafzai, neoimperialism, subaltern studies, global activism, and media critique. We are honored to have Dr. Ryder as chair of the Black Lives Matter Faculty Learning Community and as a Nashman Affiliate. Dr. Ryder inspires students on and off campus with her community engaged scholarship courses. 

To learn more about Dr. Ryder and her recent work, please click here to read her interview with Itohan Amu, a Community-Engaged Scholar.  

To learn more about how the Nashman Center supports community engaged faculty, click here.  If you would like more information on getting your Community Engaged Scholarship course designated, click here. 

Molly Sturges is this year’s Corcoran Visiting Professor for Community Engagement. She adapted one of her pieces called “Waking the Oracle,” for the GW community. It is described as “A multi-arts rave focusing on arts, spirituality, and climate justice.”  

The show will run October 31-November 3 in the Black Box theater in Building XX. Buy tickets here 

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.” 


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded Elise Friedland, a classics professor, $50,000 to research and write a book detailing how classical Greek and Roman art and architecture has influenced the District’s urban planning, government buildings and public art. Dr. Friedland was not immediately available to comment on her research.

For more information about NEH grantees, please click here.


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