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As you consider options for students to complete service projects remotely, be sure to START by examining how many students still need to serve. The good and great Rachel Talbert has made a helpful video reviewing how to get a summary of service of all students in your course and how many service hours each has already reported. For students who still have service to do, the next step is to remind them to report their service on GWServes, which you can do directly from the GWServes platform itself. This will help you determine the extent to which alternative service options are needed. Link to tutorial video.


The need for responsible physical distancing is creating as much chaos for our local community partners as it is for ourselves. Some, like DC Public Schools and the public libraries, have closed entirely. Some, like those who serve the aging population, are continuing operations but are not working with volunteers for the time being. Others still accept volunteer support. The Nashman Center is keeping track of local service organizations as best we can, so reach out if you have questions about our local partners. We are also encouraging our partners to use GWServes to report their status as well as any needs they have that could be addressed by volunteers or service-learners from a distance. If you are in your own communications with community partners, please also encourage them to use the platform as a way to get their messages out to our whole community. If they need support using the platform, they can reach out to Tereese Smith (

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As you move forward with course re-design in the COVID-19 era, please continue to plan on creating an opportunity for your students to present their community engaged scholarship projects and reflections at the Symposium. This event, held at the end of every semester, is an opportunity for students to share and learn from each other about important issues in community engagement. This year, students will be invited to participate virtually, by preparing brief (1-2 minute) video or multi-media presentations. These presentations will be due on April 24th, the original date of the planned in-person Symposium, and made available for viewing and comment the week of April 27th. In the coming weeks, we will share platforms, tutorials, and recommendations for creating engaging virtual presentations. As is true for the traditional in-person Symposium, students should be prepared to not only present their own work, but also review and learn from the work of other students.

Dr. Leah Brooks, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs, centers her research on the formation of urban spaces, the continuation of urban development, the health of urban communities, and how governmental change affects urban areas. Areas of Dr. Brooks' expertise include, but are not limited to public and urban economics and political economy. A community engaged scholar recently interviewed Dr. Brooks to learn more about her work.  ...continue reading "Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Leah Brooks"

There are “countless ways people associate with University and interact with this community. It is essential to have an obligation and to be good citizens in the surrounding community.”  ...continue reading "Faculty Spotlight: Professor Steven Roberts"

The Perfect Opportunity for K-16     Educators and School Teams

 2020 Summer EAST and Summer WEST Institutes 

...continue reading "Opportunity to connect Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability to Your Curriculum"

Dr. Jameta Nicole Barlow, Community Health Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Writing, and Affiliate Faculty Member of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, integrates transdisciplinary collaboration with intersectional frameworks to address current social, cultural, and health injustices. Dr. Barlow’s “most recent work, the Saving Our Sisters Project, is focused on Black women's mental health and well-being, employing writing and the personal narrative” (Barlow). Click here to visit Dr. Barlow’s website.   ...continue reading "Community Engaged Faculty, Dr. Jameta Nicole Barlow"

GW Research Showcase: 
A University-wide Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creativity 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 

FINAL Call for Abstracts  ...continue reading "GW Research Showcase, Final Call for Abstracts"

Dr. James Peterson, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, advances analysis that integrates public health research and local communities. Dr. Peterson previously served as the Community Research Coordinator for District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR) and currently serves as the Community Activities Coordinator for the DC Cohort Project, a city-wide HIV clinical research effort among 15 HIV care sites in the District of Columbia. For more information about DC CFAR, please click here. For more information about the DC Cohort Project, please click here.  ...continue reading "Community Engaged Faculty, Dr. James Peterson"

Dr. Greg Squires, a Professor of Sociology and of Public Policy and Public Administration, centers his current research on housing discrimination, the continuing consequences of the foreclosure crisis, applied and community-based research, and gentrification and uneven metropolitan development. To view Dr. Squires' work, please click here. ...continue reading "Community Engaged Faculty, Dr. Greg Squires"

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