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 many other campus/community initiatives. 

Many faculty incorporate Symposium participation into their course design, particularly those who assign Showcase or Panel Presentations as graded work. All Students and faculty are encouraged to attend, even if they are not presenting as a class or individually, to learn about and support community engaged scholarship at GW. Please contact Wendy Wagner, for more information.

All Presenters and Attendees RSVP to attend via this link.

Information for Symposium presenters is available here.


Fall 2018 Symposium:

Friday December 7th, Noon - 3:45 pm, Marvin Center, 3rd floor

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

12:00 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Introductory Talk: “Art as Social Action” by Dr. Leslie Jacobson, Professor of Theatre 

Dr. Jacobson has over 40 years of experience producing, writing, directing, and teaching theatre committed to addressing societal challenges and to giving voice to people often marginalized by the dominant culture.  

Theatrical Presentation: “The Golden Door?” by GW students enrolled in TRDA 3131W

This performance piece, devised by students in the course, Theatre for Social Change (TRDA), under the direction of Professor Leslie Jacobson, explores the complexities surrounding immigration, through the personal experiences of the students' families. Will understanding our own origin stories make us more compassionate and wise in navigating today's issues concerning immigration?

1:30-2:30 Showcase Presentations

Room 301: Video Presentations from SMPA 4190 Senior Capstone: Online Journalism Workshop (Instructor: Imani M. Cheers) 

Room 302: Gallery of audio-recorded presentations of undergraduate community engaged MAP-IT projects from HSCI 2195: Applied Health Equity (Instructor: Maranda Ward)

Room 307: Showcase Laptop and Poster Presentations from COMM 1041: Interpersonal Communication (Instr: Abbie Weiner), SOCY 2105 (Instr: Greg Squires), HSCI 2195: Applied Health Equity (Instructor: Maranda Ward)  

Room 308: Showcase Laptop and Poster Presentations from HSSJ 3100W: Program Planning and Evaluation (Instr: Michelle Kelso), HSSJ 3152: Fact, Field, Fiction (Instr: Emily Morrison), HSSJ 1177 (Instr: Peter Konwerski) & SPAN 3040/ Operacion Impacto (Instr: Dolores Perillian)

Room 309: Showcase Laptop and Poster Presentations from HSSJ 1100: Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice (Instr: Wendy Wagner), HSSJ 4198: Citizen Leadership, Civic House Scholars Program (Instr: Wendy Wagner) 

2:45-3:45 Concurrent Discussion Sessions

Symposium participants are invited to join one of the following theme-based conversations.

Community Engagement through the Arts

Marvin Center, Room 301

Discussion Facilitator: Aselin Lands, Director of ArtReach GW at THEARC


  • Katie Loos & Ryan Donovan, HSSJ 2170: Interpersonal Relationships (Instr. Sangeeta Prasad)

    • “Communicating through the Arts: Bridging Silent Barriers in Service”

  • Maureen Alberto, engageDC Leader & Quiara Mosley

    • “How Life Pieces to Masterpieces addresses the Systematic Oppression of African American Young Men.

Learn how GW students are leveraging creative scholarly work to advocate for social change in DC and beyond. Follow-up discussion will invite all session attendees to share their experiences and consider the challenges and responsibilities in this work. 

East of the River: Inequity in DC

Marvin Center, Room 302

Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Maranda Ward, Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Panelists: Cassidy Rice, Nikitha Balaji, Diana Hwang, Ella Morse & Mckinnzey Larkins, HSCI 2195: Applied Heath Equity (Instr: Maranda Ward)

Students, community leaders, and faculty will discuss the data on inequity in DC (health, education, job opportunities, and more) and the impact of inequity for DC residents. What is GW’s potential as a partner for social change? 

Partnerships in Youth Development/Education

Room 307

Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Lottie Baker, Assistant Professor Graduate School of Education and Human Development


  • Kristen McInerney, GW Student Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Knapp Fellowship Winner 2018-2019

    • “Newcomers’ Experiences in High School: Sharing their Voice”

  • Avani Gandhi, GW Teach Program, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

  • Zach Love, GW Teach Program, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

  • Shannon Doyle, double major in Political Science and Human Services and Social Justice, and an intern with the Government Relations Department of the Boys and Girls Club of America

Learn how GW students are engaging with local schools and youth development programs to address the unique needs of today’s diverse students. Follow-up discussion will invite all session attendees to share their experiences and consider the challenges and responsibilities in this work.

The Sustainability Forum

Marvin Center, Room 309

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 308 

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.

What does MMIW mean? A dialogue about Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women 

Marvin Center, Room 310

Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Benton-Short Geography Department GWU


  • Gillian Joseph, GW Student, Knapp Fellowship Winner 2018-2019 

  • Elizabeth Rule, Assistant Director, GWU Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy

Learn about the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and one GW student’s efforts to address it. Gillian Joseph is one of the current recipients of the Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning. Dr. Elizabeth Rule is her advisor on this initiative. 

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