The Conversations on Community-Engaged Scholarship Series

Join GW’s community-engaged faculty for a light breakfast and stimulating conversations on a variety of topics related to community-engaged teaching, research, and creative activity. These events are held in the Gelman Library first floor, in the National Churchill Library and Center.


Welcome Back: Resources and Connections

Thursday, August 30th, 9:30-10:45am

It's going to be a great year. Bring a colleague (or two!) to join our community of engaged faculty this year. Meet the Nashman Affiliate Faculty and learn about a few new resources from the Honey W. Nashman Center.  

  • Washington, DC 101 resource will be available for you to share with colleagues and students to situate our community engagement in the socio-political context of our city.

  • GWServes is a new platform for facilitating communication between faculty, students, and community partners. Use it to monitor student service hours, collect feedback from community partners, and much more.

  • Additional programs and supports available this year will also be reviewed.

9:30 am Connect with colleagues and enjoy a light breakfast
9:45 am Speakers and conversations begin

A light breakfast is provided. Please RSVP via this link:


The College Student Voter: What is Our Role?

Tuesday, September 25, 9:30-10:45am


  • Zaneeta Daver, Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

  • Amy Cohen, Executive Director of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service

September 25 is National Voter Registration Day and we will discuss the role of college faculty in encouraging and preparing students to vote. Voting is critical thinking in action. Reason, science, and humanism matter in students' civic lives as much as they matter in your disciplinary field. 

This Conversation will begin with data on GW's student voting rates (they aren't as high as you think), then move to research on campus practices that increase voter-turnout. Finally we will share the ways we bring the topic of voting into our teaching and mentoring of students.

  • 9:30 am Connect with colleagues and enjoy a light breakfast

  • 9:45 am Speakers and conversations begin

A light breakfast is provided. Please RSVP via this link:

Notes from this meeting are available here.


Opportunities for Partnerships with DC Public Schools

Wednesday, October 17th,  9:30-10:45am

Featuring guest speakers from DC Public Schools and the Nashman Center's Program Manager for School and Community Partnerships. 

  • Thomasin Franken, Manager of Partner Engagement, Office of Family and Public Engagement, DC Public Schools

  • Charity Eddleman, Program Manager for School and Community Partnerships, Honey W Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, GW 

Opportunities for partnerships with our local schools cross all disciplines and professional fields - not just education. This Conversation will explore the options and invite you to share your existing intiatives with others at GW. Presenters will frame our conversation by presenting the current priorities at DCPS, and explain the DCPS organizational structure to help us better understand how to reach out to forge partnerships. We will also learn about how to connect with GW’s existing school partnerships. 

Please encourage colleagues to join you! RSVP here:

Responding to Sexual Harassment at Service Sites

Wednesday, November 14,  9:30-10:45am

Recently there have been a few incidents of service-learning students receiving unwanted advances from the clients of community organizations the students were serving with. The context of the service relationship makes the problem of sexual harassment particularly challenging. How do we prepare our students and how do we respond?

Conversation facilitated by Christina Franzino, Assistant Director for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, in GW’s Title IX Office

Please encourage colleagues to join you for this important conversation.

RSVP here:

Former Conversation Topics:

Thursday, March 29, 9:30-10:45am
Public Dissemination of Student Scholarship: Opportunities and Examples
Conversation facilitated by: Dr. Michelle Kelso, Human Services and Social Justice, Dr. Dana Hines, School of Nursing, and Dr. Phyllis Ryder, Director University Writing Program

Thursday, April 19, 9:30-10:45am
When Students’ Experiences in the Community Lead to Politics in the Classroom
Conversation facilitated by:  Dr. Jordan Potash, Art Therapy Program and Laurie McPherson, Organizational, Team and Individual Transformation and Effectiveness Consultant

September 13th, 9:30-10:45am
Community-Based Participatory Research
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, Dept of Global Health
Link here for Conversation notes

October 11th, 9:30-10:45am
Recognizing, Evaluating and Rewarding Engaged Scholarship
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Greg Squires, Dept of Sociology
Link here for Conversation notes