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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Spring 2018 Symposium Highlights Community Engaged Scholarship in Every Corner of Campus, Peter Konwerski awarded for his work as faculty new Knapp Fellows named

The Spring 2018 Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship included presentations from students in the Law School, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Columbian College, Milken School of Public Health and GW Nursing School. 

Breakout sessions highlighted student work in University Writing, Spanish, Human Service Social Justice and History courses in addition to work done by GW Nashman Center in on Ethics of Service, GW School of Business innovations projects and the work of Knapp Fellow Chloe King on Food Waste in DC Public Schools. 

New Knapp Fellows Kristen McInerney and Gillian Joseph were announced at the event and Peter Konwerski was awarded the Faculty Engagement Award by Honey Nashman.

The poster session encompassed scholarship from students and faculty in every corner of campus and across a wide variety of disciplines. There were over 88 student presenters and the full program can be found here

Thanks to everyone for sharing your community engaged scholarship! 

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Faculty Conversation: COMMUNITY EXPERIENCES & POLITICS IN THE CLASSROOM

The Nashman Center's Community Engaged Scholarship program hosted a successful Breakfast Conversation at The National Churchill Library and Center at Gelman on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. The conversation series supports faculty across a wide variety of disciplines at the university who engage in research and teaching that centers the community.

A big thank you to Dr. Jordan Potash from GW's Art Therapy Program and Laurie McPherson, an Organizational, Team and Individual Transformation and Effectiveness Consultant for leading this interactive and important conversation. Resources can be found by clicking  power point slides for the conversation and two featured articles  here and here

Faculty learned how to facilitate discussion of political/controversial topics in the classroom and about difficulties that can arise in educational settings when students feel unheard or time is a concern in discussion of content and surfacing political issues.

Participants worked in small groups to brainstorm issues they face in medicine, nursing, education, and the humanities and then and then talked through possible solutions. Research was presented on best practices and the resources from the event are attached.

The group came up with several ideas based on the literature and their experiences in class. Suggestions included budgeting more time and making an effort to discuss issues in class, meeting with students one-on-one to better understand their perspectives, recognizing bias in ourselves, and keeping in mind that everyone comes from a different perspective and identity.

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Recognizing, Evaluating, and Rewarding Community-Engaged Scholarship

On October 12, 2017, faculty from across campus came together at the National Churchill Center to discuss community-engaged scholarship. Dr. Greg Squires of the Sociology Department led the discussion and discussed ways in which faculty can engage with the community. Greg opened with a quote from Amitai Etzioni - "Why don't you choose to do something useful?" He shared his experience and resources with the group.

Faculty discussion centered around challenges of community-engaged scholarship and steps that can be taken to make GW a better environment for this work. Dr. Squires shared his notes which you can access here.  Thanks to everyone who joined us in October. November's session is just around the corner on November 8th, at the Churchill Center in Gelman at 9:30 a.m. - we hope to see you there!