2019 Spring Symposium Brings Community Engaged Students and Faculty together to Share Scholarship

Thanks to everyone who attended, presented and supported the Spring 2019 Nashman Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship!

The symposium brought students and faculty from The Schools of Nursing, Business, Engineering, Education, Medicine, Media and Public Affairs, Columbian College, community partners working with students in courses and members of the GWU community together for an afternoon of community engaged scholarship discussion and dissemination. 75 students presented their work at the symposium showcase using video galleries, posters or laptop presentations to show attendees their research findings in unique ways. Students discussed a wide variety of topics-some presented information on their service site, others showcased community engaged research projects. Many of the student presenters are enrolled in courses designated by the Nashman Center as community engaged https://givepul.se/0xnbhq and their research and service in the community are woven into course objectives.

During lunch participants discussed data from the National Center on Citizenship DC Civic Health Index https://ncoc.org/research-type/2014dcchi/ at their tables with faculty facilitators and challenged each other to think about what kind of neighbors we are when we work with and in the DC community.

The day ended with reflection panels led by students and faculty with discussions on a wide range of issues including sustainability, Knapp Fellowship and Eco-Equity Projects, service with Latinx communities, community service as good business, pathways to service and issues of race and service.

We thank everyone for being part of Community Engaged Scholarship at GWU!

How to get course credit for attending the Spring 2019 Symposium

We are glad you’re here and learning about community engaged scholarship.

To get course credit just follow these steps

  1. Log on to your GW Serves GivePulse Account https://gwserves.givepulse.com

  2. Click on Classes, click on spring 2019, click on your class and scroll down to your class wall. https://gwserves.givepulse.com/group/classes/159231?term=Spring+2019

  3. Post your answers to the prompts that are posted on your class wall your professor can see the answers there and award your credit.

  4. Don’t forget to click Submit!

See pictures below if you need help! Have a great day at #SymposiumGW and learn about how to extend your Community Engaged Scholarship by following us @NashmanFaculty

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Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship: How to Prepare a Showcase Presentation

Each semester the Nashman Center hosts the Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship, an afternoon for students, faculty, and community partners to share and reflect upon their experiences. During the Showcase Session, student presentations describe the nature of their community engagement during the semester, in terms of:

  • the outcomes for the community,

  • the outcomes on their own learning and growth, and

  • what they believe the general public needs to know about the issue they addressed or the community they worked with.

To prepare a Showcase Session presentation, it is important to keep in mind a few key aspects of the context of this portion of the Symposium.

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New Issue of Public-Beyond Mass Incarceration: New Horizons of Liberation and Freedom    

PUBLIC is the Journal of Imagining America, a professional association for public artists and scholars. This latest issue reflects on the efforts of university-community collaborations and shares critical writing and innovative projects that seek to transform the practices of incarceration. You can view it online now at public.imaginingamerica.org.

The contributors to the issue explore the complexities of incarceration from lived experiences as incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted people, and scholars, practitioners, and artists whose work addresses our carceral systems. These pedagogical approaches and pedagogies are tied to groundbreaking research initiatives, detailing the potentials and challenges of bringing institutional, geographical, and demographic information to a public audience in an effort to raise questions that are too often not asked. 

New Podcasts on Health Equity in DC from the Rodham Institute at GW

New semester-new learning opportunities about the social determinants of health in DC!

Check out the first four in a series of 8 mini podcasts from the Rodham Insititute https://anchor.fm/rodham-diana-hla about Health Equity in DC. They run about 7 minutes long and have interviews with various academic and community leaders on each of the Social Determinants of Health.

New Issue of About Campus: Curricular Approaches for Learning Beyond the Classroom

About Campus is offering free downloads of top articles for a limited time-great opportunity for over the break reading-or to fill out reading lists for spring courses!

There are great articles available at About Campus for your and/or your students. We particularly liked Shifting to Curricular Approaches to Learning beyond the Classroom by Kathleen G. Kerr, James Tweedy, Keith E. Edwards and Dillon Kimmel

Other Articles from About Campus Available for free download:

Generation Z: Educating and Engaging the Next Generation of Students by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace

Success by Failure by Benjamin D. Andrews

Being Better and Doing Better: Men's Health and Mental Health on Campus by Christopher Kilmartin

William Deresiewicz Talks with Executive Editor, Frank Shushok, Jr. about His Book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite & the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz

Mental Health, Well–being, and Learning: Supporting Our Students in Times of Need by Alan M. Woody Schwitzer and John A. Vaughn

Practice or Perish: How Overexposure and Premature Claims of Success Undermine Men of Color Initiatives by Steven Thurston Oliver

About Campus Executive Editor, Frank Shushok, Jr. Visits with Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, about Leadership, Her College Presidency, and the Contemporary Challenges That Face All Our Students

Fairness and Fate in Elite College Admissions by Stephen J. Handel

“What is Said Here”: Reflections on an Informal Community for Black Men at an Historically White Institution by Ray Black

Thank You for Making the Fall 2018 Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship a Success!

The Symposium was a success and we want to thank the students, faculty and community partners who spent the afternoon learning from and engaging with each other! Everyone learned a great deal from the presenters, Dr. Jacobsen’s Theater Students gave the audience a new way to think about immigration with their presentation, the showcases from community engaged courses highlighted the service, research, learning and action that students undertook throughout the semester and the concluding panels examined community engaged scholarship in depth- all great examples of engagement with our community and our scholarship.

If you missed the symposium check out the great people who presented here: https://www.gwnashmancenter.org/symposium/

Two of our presenters-Dr. Imani Cheers’ class and Gillian Joseph 2018-2019 Knapp Fellowship Winner have websites to share with us in case you missed their sessions at the symposium or wanted to learn more here they are https://monumedia2018.wixsite.com/home & https://findourwomen.org/

Do you have scholarship to share? Mark your calendar for the spring symposium on April 26, 2019!

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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 https://gwserves.givepulse.com/group/classes/159231?term=Fall+2018  

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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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.

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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