February Conversation Recap - Community Engaged Scholarship and Activist Movements: Making the Connection


The Black History Month Nashman Breakfast Conversation on Community Engaged Scholarship was hosted this week by the Black Lives Matter Faculty Learning Community (FLC).

Some BLM FLC goals that faculty kept in mind during discussions were:

  • Going against socialization

  • Preparing students to live with tension

  • Cultural mindfulness, humility, and competence

If you missed the presentation, or want a recap, the PowerPoint from the presentation can be found here and video of the presentation can be found here.


Dr. Maranda C. Ward is part of the school of Medicine and Health Sciences and she stated that their mission as a school is “excellence through diversity and inclusion” and “addressing the challenges of health equity.” Dr. Ward created a health equity course audit rubric which assessed health equity classes based on if they were implementing diverse cultural perspectives and found that many of the classes weren’t including diverse course work. Now as a department they are trying to figure out the best way to revise curriculum.


Dr. Imani Cheers teaches digital storytelling she revised her syllabus to include Black Lives Matter themes and issues. Students were assigned projects about social justice advocacy, researched areas outside of Foggy Bottom, and created a website of their videos, which you can find here: https://monumedia2018.wixsite.com/home


Dr. Susan LeLacheur and Dr. Howard Straker teach together in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In their classroom, they diversified case scenarios, used implicit bias tests and added material on African American historical trauma, and prenatal care. The session ended with faculty discussing ways to talk about race in their classes with conversations about Governor Northam and how to discuss the issue with students.


Thank you to the BLM FLC for great scholarship!

If you would like to join this or any other FLC, information is here. RSVP to our next Breakfast Conversation on Community-Engaged Scholarship here.

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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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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Welcome Back Breakfast Conversation and Resources for 2018-2019!

Welcome Back Breakfast Conversation and Resources for 2018-2019!

Nashman Center and the National Churchill Library and Center at the Gelman Library hosted faculty for our first Breakfast Conversation on Community-Engaged Scholarship of the 2018-2019 school year! We were happy to welcome back our diverse, talented group of faculty to GW and make everyone aware of new ways we can support and promote their work this year. Click below for more information about our event and accessing support materials that were presented!

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