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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New Course, The Autism Experience: A Public Health Perspective

PUBH 6299. 13 The Autism Experience: A Public Health Perspective

2 credit hours Friday, 10:10am - noon

Open to graduate and upper level undergraduate students

Instructor, Sean D. Cleary, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

A public health perspective of the autism experience is explored through service learning and community participatory research methods engaging autistic young adults, their parents, researchers, clinicians and other service providers. The course covers the science, viewpoints, and experience of autism with a focus on young adults transitioning to adulthood. Collaboratively with community advocates, students will explore research relevant to the autistic community.

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Storytelling as Scholarship: Exploring Digital Stories, PhotoVoice and Other Methods

The 2019 Nashman Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) are forming now. These small inter-disciplinary/inter-professional groups meet monthly for one year to discuss and learn collectively about their topic of interest. All GW faculty and administrators are welcome. Click here for information about other FLC's forming for 2019.

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Medical College of Wisconsin Hosting Community Engaged Scholarship Program September 17-20 

Community Engaged Scholars: Immersion Program Applications due Aug. 3rd Health Faculty Encouraged to Apply

Applicants with experience in research interested in being immersed into community engagement should apply for this program. This program spans four days, focusing on the five Social Determinants of Health outlined by Healthy People 2020 ( through a partnership with Silver Spring Neighborhood Center in Milwaukee, a valuable community partner. This program was designed to align the community as teachers to researchers interested in learning how to become effective community-engaged professionals. During this experience you will be immersed into the community site programming, learn from the staff about perspectives of community partners in community engagement, and have the opportunity for bi-directional discussions. Space is limited.

September 17th (starting at 2pm) through September 20th, 2018

Program Cost $100

Applicant Criteria

Applicants that align to our program must:

  1. Be a researcher interested in building capacity for community engaged research
  2. Have at least one year of graduate level study
  3. Have a willingness to be culturally humble
  4. Be available for the entire experience from September 17th to September 20th

Apply now

Undergraduate Opportunity: Heinz College Public Service Weekend 2018

Leadership in The Age of Smart Cities Conference: Deadline 6/22 to Apply and Attend

Undergraduates and recent graduates are invited to examine how data and equity are impacting urban communities -great opportunity to learn, network and share your ideas and research. We encourage students to apply and attend and hope our faculty will as well.

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Call for Papers International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change

Did you present your community engaged scholarship for a class? At the symposium? Share your work with the world!

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.  The Journal considers three types of articles:

            1) Articles that discuss the development of a service-learning project and the  

                 impact of the project on the community served;

            2) A case study of a service-learning project;

            3) A reflection on service-learning and the development of personal leadership.

Each article will be reviewed by selected readers and the member of the editorial board.  Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, excluding block quotations which should be typed single-spaced, and references.  To ensure anonymity, author’s names and affiliation should appear on a separate cover page.  Articles should not exceed 15 pages.  Authors should follow APA format.

The Journal accepts Book Reviews on service-learning and social change.  Book reviews should not exceed 2 pages and include Book Title, Author, and Publisher.

Submissions should be sent in Word format.  DO NOT HAVE HEADERS OR PAGE NUMBERING.

Submit by e-mail to: Ned Scott Laff, Ph.D.                                                                                      

Imagining America Arts and Scholars in Public Life: Call for Proposals Due 6/22

Faculty and students are invited to submit proposals on their research and scholarship.

Transformative Imaginations: Decarceration and Liberatory Futures

 Invitation for Proposals
Imagining America 18th National Gathering

Chicago, Illinois | Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 2018 | #18IAGathering
Submission Deadline: Friday, June 22

We are facing the largest social crisis in modern U.S. history, and it is a crisis that, on some level, affects every one of us. From children to seniors, foreign nationals to U.S. citizens, the United States’ carceral system locks up more than 10 million individuals each year through a vast network of prisons, jails, juvenile correctional facilities, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and state psychiatric centers. This system restricts the lives of nearly 5 million individuals currently on probation or parole, and it destabilizes an exponential number of families and communities. Addressing a crisis of this magnitude requires moving beyond a public discourse limited by preconceptions of what is achievable.

Imagining America believes that the arts, design, and the humanities provide us with tools and practices that can free our imaginations as to what is possible. The 2018 Imagining America National Gathering seeks to bring people together to imagine, explore, and make real a world beyond incarceration and to envision liberatory futures – futures that include worlds where resources invested in carceral economies are directed to housing, health care, and public education.

Drawing on traditions of speculative, utopian, and Afrofuturist inquiry while engaging with transformative work already in progress, Imagining America invites proposals that advance dialogue, research, programs, and advocacy regarding the impacts of carceral systems – both historical and contemporary – on our communities. Proposals need not explicitly address incarceration, but should contribute to a vision of justice motivated by the healing of communities and individuals.

We encourage proposals from currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, people directly impacted by the carceral system, activists, community organizers, artists, designers, students, faculty, and staff from IA member campuses and beyond, and others engaged in liberatory visioning and work. We especially encourage proposals that highlight collaboration, dialogue, community engagement, and creative forms of expression.

This year’s gathering also builds upon current work being done by Illinois Humanities through an initiative called Envisioning Justice ( Using the arts and humanities, Envisioning Justice seeks to strengthen efforts in Chicago to reimagine our criminal legal system and is inspired by a commitment to justice, accountability, safety, support, and restoration for all people. Launched in 2017, Envisioning Justice will continue through 2019, thereby providing space for the discussions, works, and imaginings that take place during the gathering to continue.