Meet the Leaders of GW SMARTDC
These GW students have a wealth of knowledge about volunteering in DC and are passionate about getting their peers more involved in the community. Each GW SMARTDC Leader works with one nonprofit community partner, leads a cohort of GW SMARTDC tutors, and liaises between the community partner and GW’s Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.
For the Love of Children
Sarah is an Organizational Science major with a minor in Spanish. She is involved in campus Greek life, works at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, and will be co-leading a GW Alternative Breaks trip to New Orleans this upcoming spring. On her free time, she enjoys crafting, cooking, and exploring DC.
"I love seeing the progress of FLOC students from their first day of tutoring to their last. I've been a part of the FLOC community for the past two years it is a truly rewarding experience where I can be a teacher, mentor, and friend."
Leah is a psychology major and she is also heavily involved in Greek life on campus.
"I am excited to continue working with the AnBryce Foundation as they improve the program for the students! Working with these kids has been the highlight of my first two years at GW. Not only do I have a passion for teaching and helping others, but the kids never fail to put a huge smile on my face even after a really long week. I can't wait to keep watching them grow!"
Natalie is involved with GW MEDLIFE and is a volunteer for Reading Partners. She plans on majoring in Biological Anthropology and minoring in Chemistry. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, skiing, exploring DC, and trying new foods.
“I really enjoyed my first year tutoring for Reading Partners and am excited to continue this upcoming year. I loved seeing the students’ smiling faces each week and was blown away by their enthusiasm to improve their reading skills. I hope to reciprocate this same enthusiasm as a tutor, role model, and team leader this year.”
Higher Achievement Ward 6
Christopher is studying Sociology at GW, and intends to minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or LGBT Studies. On campus, he is involved in Allied in Pride (as Director of Communications) and First Generation 2 College (as Secretary), both of which are student advocacy and community organizations. Christopher enjoys reading and writing, arts and culture, and getting out and exploring, and is thrilled to be working once again with the Higher Achievement Program in Ward 6.
“I absolutely love Higher Achievement because of the relationships it allows us as mentors to build with our scholars. They can teach us just as much as we do them, and we really get the chance to know them on a personal level. One of my favorite things is working with my scholars on their high school applications, because seeing their passions, hopes, and dreams reminds me that we have a bright future ahead.” #LetThemLeadTheWay
Higher Achievement Ward 7
Melissa I. Lawrence is a Biological Anthropology major and minoring in Dance. In her spare time she enjoys food, being active, trying new things that helps broaden her horizons. She is a proud member of the historically black sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and acts as the treasurer; as well as the executive chairwoman for the George Washington University Black Leadership Council. Melissa is working to one day become a doctor, and hopes to compete in American Ninja Warrior.
“This is my first year working intimately with SMARTDC as well as Higher Achievement, but i’m excited to take on the challenge and reward I know it will be.”
Turning the Page
Emma is an active member of the GW College Democrats, and is a volunteer for Turning the Page. She is also a member of Campus Outreach, a faith-based organization. In her free time Emma enjoys reading, swing dancing, and traveling.
"I am incredibly excited to be working with Turning the Page again this year because I will get to develop the connections I am with the families at community nights. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to continue encouraging these young students to achieve their goals."
Turning the Page
Umme Zuhair is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. This is her first year at GW as a junior and is a Team Leader at Turning the Page. She is currently planning to get involved in Student Association and Alpha Kappa Psi (business fraternity). In her free time she likes to read books, take night walks and paint.
“This is my first time working with Turning the Page and I am super excited to be working with students and families and hoping to further improve the schools and communities with them as a Team”
Krishna is an International Affairs major with a concentration in Contemporary Cultures and Societies and a minor in Law and Society. She is the Internal Director for GW Dance Marathon, GW’s largest student-run philanthropy, benefiting Children’s National Health System. Krishna enjoys reading, traveling, and trying out new vegetarian recipes!
“I have been working with Reading Partners since my freshman year and I absolutely love working with the students in the Reading Partners program! Empowering my students through reading has been incredibly fun and rewarding!”
Alex is an International Affairs major with a concentration in Global Public Health and minors in Arabic and Sociocultural Anthropology. Alex is a SUMMIT low ropes course facilitator and has been a tutor with SMARTDC since her freshman year. In her spare time, Alex loves reading, running, and color coding her planner.
“I’ve been a tutor at 826DC since my freshman year and I am so excited to continue working with this amazing organization! Tutoring through SMARTDC helped me find a community of people here at GW and in D.C. that are dedicated to empowering K-12 students in creative and quirky ways.”
For the Love of Children
Grace is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, the gender-inclusive community service fraternity on campus. Grace is a tutor and Team Leader for For Love of Children through SMARTDC. In her spare time she enjoys woodworking.
"After tutoring with FLOC last year, I am excited to return this year. The students and staff at FLOC are so welcoming and their program really embraces creative, individualized learning - which I really like."