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GW recently joined the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. This organization, "connects leaders and scholars of urban and metropolitan universities to share, discuss, and debate important issues facing our unique institutions and the cities we serve."

The association distributes relevant news, facilitates conversations across member institutions, holds an annual conference, and publishes a journal.

Stay tuned for more information on the connections and professional development benefits you can take advantage of given our institutional membership.

The annual Points of Light Conference will be June 10-12, 2020, here in Washington, DC.

The Points of Light Conference is a global convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders who connect, collaborate, gain and share the knowledge and resources needed to galvanize the power of people to create change. This year’s event will be the centerpiece of a yearlong celebration to mark Points of Light’s founding by President George H.W. Bush 30 years ago.

Civic life today requires that we look beyond traditional labels like “volunteer,” and empower people to express their desire to do good in ways that are meaningful to them: through the purchases they make, how they vote, in what they share on social media, where and how they choose to work, and what causes they support with their time or money.


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

Submit a proposal for funding to implement a new initiative that builds from the 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. Those with larger-scale initiatives might consider the Eco-Equity Challenge, Projects for Peace, or the Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning. More information on all of these can be found here 

Submit a paper for publication to the International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change.  Accepted papers include project descriptions, case studies, and reflections. 

Submit a paper for the Chase Prize. If you have written a piece that is about Washington, DC, you are encouraged to submit it to the University Writing Program's Julian Clement Chase prize. 

Apply to be GW's Newman Fellow. The Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship program sponsors one student per participating institution to be a part of this national cohort of social change leaders. Nominations are open until Jan 20, 2020 (students also have the option to self-nominate). 

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) will accept proposals for a special issue on "Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement" through February 15th. The special issue will be co-edited by Tabbye Chavous (University of Michigan) and Tania Mitchell (University of Minnesota). 
The full call for proposals, along with instructions for submitting, are available on MJCSL's website. Questions or inquiries regarding the issue can be addressed to

The Community-Campus Partnerships for Health annual international conference will be August 19-21, 2020 in Flint, Michigan.

The conference will explore issues of community and economic development and their impact on health equity.

For more information about this conference: click here.

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The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement has announced a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on the Challenges and Promises of Community Engagement Scholarship. The special issue co-editors are Theodore R. Alter, Susan Gust, Beth Velde, and Hiram E. Fitzgeraldl.

The editors of the special issue are particularly interested in papers that illustrate the potential and reality of how CES impacts such problems when approached through community and higher education partnerships. Read on for further information:

...continue reading "Call for Papers: Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement"

You are invited to participate in, All-in: Co-Creating Knowledge for JusticeCo-presented by University of California, Santa Cruz and the Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN). This is a three-day national conference that will share "strategies to expand and deepen collaborative approaches for truly equitable co-production of knowledge." 

There is an exciting resurgence in critical public scholarship: a push for universities to reach beyond their academic audiences and build stronger community-university partnerships to jointly tackle pressing social issues. Indeed, the complexity and scale of our social ills require not only inter-disciplinary approaches but recognizing the value of community-based knowledge and its potential contribution to developing solutions to pressing problems.

Proposal submission deadline: January 6th, 2020. Click here for more information. 

The online peer-reviewed journal, Science Education and Civic Engagement is seeking papers for the winter issue. They seek papers that utilize civic issues to engage students in relation to math and science. It aims to educate students so they become more active participants in their communities.  

More information on the journal itself can be found here 

Submission guidelines can be found here 

The 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting brings together different members of the higher education field with the goal of ensuring all students graduate from their universities and colleges with the abilities to be informed and engaged citizens. The conference discusses ways to increase civic capacities: civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic agency.  

CLDE 2020 has opened their call for program proposals. It is asked that presentations focus on a question from the CLDE Theory of Change. Proposals will be accepted until January 31, 2020.  

The CLDE 2020 will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 3-6, 2020. Find out more information here. 

The Global Citizen Forum: Struggles, Strategies, and Solutions for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education, hosted by Drake University and University of KwaZulu-Natal, are calling for presentation proposals.  

The conference brings educators, students, and scholars from many fields to discuss ways to create a more diverse higher education field. The conference will focus on:  

  • Exploring historical influences of today’s present  
  • The role of activism in transformation  
  • Teaching strategies and the role of research methods to effect impactful change  
  • Addressing structures and power relations within institutions  

The conference will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on March 4-7, 2020. Presenter submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis with final decisions being made by January 15, 2020.  

If you would like to learn more about the conference or check out the electronic submission form, click the links. 

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