The Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship


At the end of each semester, the Nashman Center hosts the Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship. This event invites students, faculty, and community partners to share their experiences, disseminate findings, and learn about other campus/community initiatives. 

All Presenters and Attendees RSVP to attend via this link.

Information for Symposium presenters is available here.

All faculty and students are encouraged to attend, and invite their community partners as well. Many faculty incorporate Symposium participation into their course design, particularly those who assign “Showcase Presentations” as graded work. Other faculty invite students to attend the Symposium as an alternative assignment to a short reflection paper. Please contact Wendy Wagner, for more information about including your course in this event. 

Spring 2019 Symposium:

Friday, April 26th, Noon - 3:30 pm, Marvin Center, 3rd floor

11:30-12 pm Check-in (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

12:00 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Join faculty and students from across the institution, along with local community partners in a thoughtful conversation about our roles as active citizens in a participatory democracy. 

1:30-2:15 Showcase Presentations 

Symposium participants are welcome to explore several rooms of poster presentations, advocacy art pieces, engineering projects, and research studies.

2:30-3:30 Concurrent Discussion Sessions

Symposium participants are invited to choose one of the following theme-based conversations. Additional topics will be announced soon.

Many Paths to Service
Marvin Center, Room TBA

What have you learned this semester about working with the community to influence positive change? What comes next? In this session, students will be introduced to the Pathways Model and will reflect on the potential of paths such as advocacy, political action, fundraising, and research for leveraging the most positive change on the issues they care about. 

The Role of Race and Diversity in Community-Engagement
Marvin Center, Room TBA

Students, community leaders, and faculty will discuss the role of race in community-engagement, in the context of our city’s long history of race-based inequity. 

The Sustainability Forum
Marvin Center, Room TBA

Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Tara Scully, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of GW’s Sustainability Minor

Students, community leaders, and faculty will discuss their community-engagement initiatives, experiences and scholarship with respect to sustainability. Sustainability encompasses the triple bottom line of ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable practices. What are the challenges involved in, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs?” (United Nations Brundtland Commission, 1987).

Operación Impacto
Marvin Center, Room TBA 

Discussion Facilitator: Dolores Perillán, Instructor, Spanish Literature and Director of Operación Impacto 

Students' teams engaged through coursework in Spanish 3040 and 3150, Operación Impacto, and Chávez ~ Huerta ~ Itliong Day 2019 will reflect on their work, vision and experiences. While all are welcome to attend, this session will be conducted in Spanish.