Credit for Symposium Attendance for your Community Engaged Course

The Nashman Center welcomes students from Community-Engaged Courses who are participating in the Symposium today. To confirm your attendance with your professor, post your reflections on each session you attend to your GWServes course page (instructions below). 

1) Go to  

2) Scroll down and select your course by clicking on the course title 

3) You’ll see your class page 

4) Scroll all the way to the bottom of your class page and you’ll see the discussion wall 

5) Post your reflections (prompts provided on the next page) and click submit. Your wall posts will be seen by your course instructor and that is how they will verify credit for attendance today.  

6) Questions? From GWServes, message your course administrator, Rachel Talbert. 

Prompts for response: Please share a few thoughts about each of these sessions today. 

1) Lunch Session: After viewing the GW Theatre students’ presentation, what do you think about the role of the arts in social change? Has your service experience ever led you to also do advocacy? 

 2) Showcase Session: Which showcase presentation was your favorite and why?   

3) Panel Session: Which session did you choose? What was discussed that you can connect to what you learned in your community-engaged scholarship course this semester? 

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What Works To Prevent Violence Against Girls

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. the Global Women’s Institute and Department for International Development are hosting an event, “What Works To Prevent Violence Against Girls,” at the Milken Institute of Public Health.

The event will feature several highly qualified panelists who have researched these issues as they manifest all around the world. The event is being held in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. More information can be found below.

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Next Steps for Students

As we near the end of another semester, our students often need help identifying their next steps, given the significant learning experience they have had. Below are a few suggestions to forward to them.

DC Public Schools Hosts Panel Discussion on Civic Engagement in DC

Join DC Public Schools and Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander for a panel discussion on civic and community engagement in our city and the Anacostia Community Museum’s A Right to the City exhibition. The panel will feature community leaders including DC At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Anacostia Community Museum Chief Curator Samir Meghelli, and Moten Elementary School Principal Akela Dogbe. Event details are included below:

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Black Lives Matter Faculty Learning Community Spotlight

Our Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are made up of Nashman Affiliated Faculty and other interested faculty to explore a topic of interest over the course of a calendar year. They meet regularly to discuss important topics related to community-engaged scholarship. Community-Engaged Scholar Ashley Hidalgo spotlighted the BLM FLC after working with them this year.

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November Faculty Spotlight: Maranda Ward

Our November faculty spotlight is Nashman affiliate faculty, Dr. Maranda C. Ward from GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). She is currently teaching two Nashman designated Community-Engaged Scholarship courses.  One is an online course where she serves as the course director and has integrated IRB-approved research funded by the GW SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence, HSCI 2110: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  The other is funded by a Nashman course development grant, HSCI 2195: Applied Health Equity.  Nashman's Community-Engaged Scholar, Emebte Atanaw, sat down with Dr. Ward to ask about her role as an Nashman affiliate faculty and her newest course offering.  

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Follow-up: Conversation on Gender-Based Harassment at Service Site

The November 14th, Conversation on Community-Engaged Scholarship was about gender-based harassment or assault in the context of service sites. Several faculty have recently had students express discomfort from experiencing unwanted attention while at their service-site. This Conversation was intended to be the first of many discussions about how to respond and how to proactively prepare students to feel more comfortable communicating their boundaries, particularly in the context of the service relationship.

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Encourage Undergraduates to Submit Papers for Publication

The International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change has a call for papers.  You can view the Journal at 

The Journal is dedicated to providing undergraduate students a venue to discuss their service-learning projects and experiences.   

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GW Ranked one of the Best Colleges for Student Voting

Washington Monthly ranked GW one of America’s best colleges for voting. The rankings were decided based on a variety of metrics-one of places that GW scored well was that the institution encourages students to vote. You can see the full article (as well as the other civically active and not-so active universities here: