Fall 2018 Events Community Engaged Scholarship

August 30th 9:30-10:45am Meet The Nashman Affiliate Faculty Co-Hosted by The Churchill Center at Gelman Library

Meet the Nashman Affiliate Faculty and learn about 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 to monitor student service hours, collect feedback from community partners, and much more.

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

RSVP via this link: http://evite.me/yT7gKjv3av  

September 25th 9:30-10:45am The College Student Voter: What is Our Role? Co-Hosted by The Churchill Center at Gelman Library

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 and on campus practices that increase voter-turnout.

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

9:45 am Speakers and conversations begin

RSVP via this link: https://givepul.se/tyfwo

October 17th 9:30-10:45am Opportunities for Partnerships with DC Public Schools Co-Hosted by The Churchill Center at Gelman Library

Najila Husseini, Deputy Chief of School Partnerships at District of Columbia Schools

Charity Eddleman, Program Manager for School and Community Partnerships 

Opportunities for partnerships with our local schools cross all disciplines and professional fields.

RSVP via this link: https://givepul.se/wmlj2

December 7th, 12-3:45pm Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship 3rd Floor Marvin Center

Students, faculty, and community partners to share their experiences, disseminate findings, and learn about many other campus/community initiatives. 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.

RSVP to attend or present at the Symposium: https://givepul.se/uy3u0

December 21st Nashman Grant Award Applications Due

We encourage faculty to apply for grants to facilitate their community-engaged scholarship.  Faculty awards are decided in January for research in the following fiscal year.

January 18th Knapp Fellowship Application Deadline

2010 endowment from President and Mrs. Knapp that makes it possible for exceptional GW students to combine scholarship with action to change the world. The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others.

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Community Engaged Scholarship Student Handbook Updated for 2018

GWServes Tracks Community Impact: Student Handbook Updated for new Platform

The 2018-2019 CES Student Handbook can be found on GWServes by clicking here. Students will find everything they need for their CES course inside. Faculty are encouraged to post the handbook and link to GWServes on Blackboard and include it in their syllabi. Students and faculty can claim their GWServes account and access the entire platform by clicking here.

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Student Waivers for Community Engaged Scholarship Courses on GWServes

Get ready for Syllabus Week in your CES courses-deadline for student waiver completion to Nashman Center October 1st

Students participating in onsite service as part of their coursework need to fill out waivers. Waiver forms can be found on GWServes click here for link. Faculty collect forms, scan and email them to the Nashman Center or place paper copies in campus mail to the Honey Nashman Center 837 22nd St NW Attn: Wendy Wagner. Forms are due October 1st - or before students begin service. Have a great Syllabus Week!

Certified To Serve: Pre-Service Background Checks for DC Public Schools

Certified to Serve makes it easy for students to complete all required background checks and start serving right away.

If your students could potentially be serving with DC Public Schools, know that the Nashman Center coordinates the DCPS background check process right here on campus. 

Step one: TB Testing

Students must first be tested for TB because they need to bring the printed test results with them to "step two." If faculty notify students in advance, students can do this at home during the summer with their own doctors. 

GW’s Colonial Health Center will also do TB testing. The Nashman Center will cover the cost of TB testing at Colonial Health Students. Students should pick up a voucher from the Nashman Center to present at Colonial Health. No appointment is necessary, students can walk-in during the times below. Note that students can also receive any immunizations they may need during this time. 

Tuesdays or Wednesdays: 9am-12:30pm or 2-3pm. 

Fridays: 10:30am-12:30pm

Step two: DCPS Fingerprinting

Students should bring printed copies of:  TB test results, ID (driver’s license/passport), and their most updated physical and immunization records.

  • Tuesday, September 6th, time TBD, but typically is 1-4pm, Marvin Center 405 
  • 'Tuesday, September 12th, time TBD, but typically is 1-4pm, Marvin Center 405 
    • Note this date coincides with the Nashman Center's Community Service Fair, also in the Marvin Center.

Tracking Community Impact with GW Serves on Give Pulse

New database GW Serves on Give Pulse replaces Noble Hour: Resources for faculty and students in Community Engaged Courses

August 2018 courses will be the first courses to use GW Serves on Give Pulse tracking for community impact. The new database is easy to use and allows students to track all the CES course hours, as well as other community impacts.

For faculty information click for a PDF to help you get started with using GW Serves on Give Pulse for your classes.

For faculty and students click HERE for a series of video tutorials that cover common questions about setting up your GW Serves Give Pulse class or individual account. If you need help managing your dashboard click HERE for a video tutorial.

If you haven't claimed your account yet don't worry. Look for an email from GW Serves Community Engaged Scholarship on Give Pulse inviting you to join the Community-Engaged Scholarship group page. GWserves (aka GivePulse) is the new database platform from the Nashman Center for tracking community impact. We will be using it to track community engagement, promote our events, make connections across issue areas and log service hours. You can use the platform to building out class content, engage people in discussion, or highlight service opportunities.

When you receive this message to "claim your account" click the link provided and then sign up with your first name, last name, and GW email. 

For a quick rundown of the system, tutorials for managing your group, and how to navigate the interface please reference the video links below.

  1. Basics of GivePulse

  2. How to Navigate the User Dashboard

  3. How to Create and Manage an Event

  4. How to Manage Your Group and Your Members

  5. How to Verify Service Hours

We hope this system will make it easier for everyone to serve, track, and reflect on their community engagement as well as open up opportunities to expand their group, individual, and GW impact.


Collaboration Across Disciplines at GW with UNICEF

Collaboration at GW with UNICEF Global Women's Institute, CPS, Elliott School, Milken Institute for Public Health & SMPA on Gender Education 

Learn more about the equity work here in GW Today https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/global-women%E2%80%99s-institute-and-unicef-partner-gender-education-credentialing-programs

GW School of Medicine Fall 2018 Courses: Urban Community Health & Health Disparities and Human Rights

Great opportunities for undergraduates this fall who are interested in health equity coursework from GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences! Dr. Maranda Ward a former Knapp Fellow and member of Nashman's Faculty Learning Community is offering these classes-encourage your students who may seek careers in health fields or non profits to take a look.

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Apply for Nashman Course Designation: Deadline August 6th

Help Students Find Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses!

The GW Registrar will now tag community-engaged scholarship courses to help students find these opportunities. If you currently teach a community-engaged scholarship course or would like more information on the process, please click following link and then submit the form via email to wagnerw@email.gwu.edu. FORM LINK

We encourage applications from courses across all subjects and all GW schools at undergraduate and graduate levels and can help you get started.

The Nashman Center supports:

  • Forming community partnerships
  • Community-Based Paticipatory Research (CBPR)
  • Applying for project funding 
  • (Re)designing curriculum
  • Developing assignments
  • Planning logistics
  • Managing risk and liability
  • Training faculty and GTAs
  • Publicizing the course/program in the Schedule of Classes and through advisors

During and after course semester:

  • Orienting students to service-learning
  • Supporting students and community partners
  • Assessing and sharing outcomes and impact

For more information on community engaged scholarship click here: https://www.gwnashmancenter.org/course-designation-1

Engaging Students in Democracy by Andrew J. Seligsohn and Thomas Ehrlich

A thought provoking opinion piece about education for democracy. Read the entire op-ed here: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/07/23/colleges-must-do-more-teach-students-about-voting-and-democracy-opinion?width=775&height=500&iframe=true              

Ehrlich has been a leader in higher ed and civic engagement for decades, Seligsohn leads the national organization Campus Compact, focused on these issues since 1985. At the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, we are working to prepare students for the responsibilities of citizenship. The article shows the need to consider this as a way to build democracy, and calls for expansion in this work. 

The referenced article, Pedagogical Value of Polling-Place Observation by Students: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/ps-political-science-and-politics/article/pedagogical-value-of-pollingplace-observation-by-students/99A4823B2FE884356615DC578B80EB65/core-reader#  provides a great example of involving students directly in research - and getting the research published! 

Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education, is launching a major initiative called Education for Democracy establishing an expectation that every student will engage in courses, programs and activities aimed at preparing them for effective participation in democracy. 

The initiative comprises six core components:

  • Student voting matters: With a goal of increasing the proportion of college students who vote in local, state, and national elections;
  • Democracy in principle and practice: With a goal of increasing student understanding of the underpinnings of democracy and the workings of democratic institutions;
  • Deliberation for a shared future: With a goal of increasing students’ capacity to listen respectfully to the ideas of others and engage in both constructive and critical discussion of public questions;
  • Media fact and fiction: With a goal of increasing the capacity of students to distinguish reliable from unreliable political information;
  • Student leadership for democracy: With a goal of leveraging Campus Compact’s existing student fellowship program to build a network of student leaders committed to democratic renewal; and
  • Teaching for democracy: With a goal of preparing faculty and staff members to develop and execute high-quality courses and programs focused on democratic engagement.

Seligsohn and Ehrlich note, "If our democracy’s current crisis has any silver lining, it may be, as a friend suggested, that this could be “a civic Sputnik moment,” focusing our attention on the reality that democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires the thoughtful involvement of its participants. One crucial path to overcoming polarization and fostering a healthy democracy is to do a better job of preparing college and university students to be engaged citizens, guiding them to productive discourse, rather than ugly rancor."