One Year Later: Knapp Fellow Kristen McInerney

I am drawing connections between their sense of belonging and creating a community of practice

“I am drawing connections between their sense of belonging and creating a community of practice within our school community to help affect their academic achievement.”

Kristen Mclnerney is a Knapp Fellow for the 2018-2019 school year. Her research is on newly arrived immigrant students’ experiences in high school and honoring their voices. She has some big takeaways from her Fellowship year. “I have learned so much this year, including survey development, utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods, and going through the IRB process. It has been a difficult but great year. What first started as just ideas, has started to come to fruition. I still have a lot to do but the research is coming together in a way that I never thought was possible. The Nashman Center connected me with the GW Art Therapy Department to build community connections for the school that I work at and also with Dr. Jordan Potash who has helped create a living mural lesson plan that will help our students and staff create a mural.”

The Knapp Fellowship made Kristen’s ideas possible and she completed a pilot study. “The funds have helped me get study items translated to Amharic, Dari, Spanish, and Arabic for my students and their families. Translation services are very expensive; the Fellowship enabled me to make the IRB and research process accessible in home languages.” Kristen recently presented her preliminary data at the CIES conference in San Francisco in April. She notes that this work will extend into next year, and data from the pilot study, will inform a larger study in the fall, Kristen’s dissertation study. Presenting at the Symposium provides her with the opportunity to receive feedback and connect with other students. She notes, “the opportunity to present at the community Symposium through the Nashman Center provides practice in presenting my data and opportunities to connect with other students and faculty. I even had a few students volunteer to help as research assistants in the Fall. The connection with folks and the questions they ask after they heard my presentation was a great opportunity to get feedback.” McInerney finds her two-year research process very rewarding. “Through the Nashman Center, I’ve connected the community with my school. There are doors being opened now with faith-based organizations and other parts of GW with my school. I’ve learned that our GW and local community is extremely generous and that there are bridges just waiting to be built. It’s absolutely worth taking the time to build those bridges and deepen those connections between the community and our school.”

Kristen has undeniably made great connections in her Knapp Fellowship year to propel her project even further. The Nashman Center is proud of Kristen’s community engaged scholarship!

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NASPA Conference and Professional Development Scholarships

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Through the generous support of the NASPA Foundation and their donors, NASPA is announcing a new scholarship for NASPA's professional development programs. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide access to professional development opportunities for individuals that might not otherwise have the financial means to participate. The professional development events available for this application cycle are the following:

· 2019 Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference

· 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

· 2019 Closing the Achievement Gap Conference

· 2019 First-generation Student Success Conference

· 2019 Student Financial Wellness Conference

Complete applications will include:

· Online demographic information (which you can fill out here)

· Application Questions

· Current résumé or CV

· Completed Budget Template with necessary backup.

Recipients of the scholarships must produce pre-engagement and post-engagement blogs/essays/social media posts, as well as volunteer at least two hours during the selected conference. Specific engagement and volunteer activities will be confirmed with the selected recipients.

More information about this process can be found here. Apply here.

Teagle Foundation Call for Grant Proposals Civic Education and Democracy

Teagle’s call for proposals is out!

The Teagle Foundation’s initiative is “to support and strengthen liberal arts education, which we see as fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life.” It seeks to strengthen civic education throughout the undergraduate curriculum and disciplines as a means of challenging and defining American democracy.  

The most successful proposals are expected to transcend additions to the course catalog and mirror an initiative to integrative learning, aiding the student body and capable of being sustained well beyond the distribution of the grant.  See  http://www.teaglefoundation.org/Grants-Initiatives/How-We-Grant/For-Grantseekers-(1) for details on submission.  

Democracy, Call for Abstracts & New Book, "Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals"

Imagining America’s Newsletter has some great content this month:

Looking for a short read to motivate your civic thinking for the next semester?

Check out Democracy Under Siege: A Category 4 Storm https://www.aacu.org/aacu-news/newsletter/2018/november/perspectives

How about a longer read for over break? Check out "Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals" 

Edited by Scott J. Peters (former IA faculty co-director), Theodore R. Alter, and Timothy J. Shaffer. Through eight richly-detailed oral histories, this book helps to open our imagination to the possibilities for professionals to make constructive contributions to the task of making democracy work as it should. The first-hand stories of public work in these oral histories are told by professionals from six different states who either chose or were invited to jump into civic life as active participants. Kettering Foundation Press

Ready to share new Community Engaged Scholarship class next semester? Call for Abstracts: 2019 Community Development Education Symposium -Funding is Available!

The consortium invites Imagining America members who teach community development courses to submit an abstract proposal for the 2019 Community Development Education Symposium that will take place in Detroit, MI, from May 16th-19th. The symposium will convene educators to discuss innovative curricula and educational practices, while exploring the current and future state of community development education.

A limited number of travel stipends will be made available to individuals that are accepted to participate in the symposium. For more information regarding participation please click the link, here.

In addition, individuals participating in the symposium will also be eligible to apply for one of five community development innovation mini-grants (approximately $5,000/grant). 

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Public Scholarship: Strategic Strategies for Resistance

This week we’re highlighting some take aways from the Imagining America Blog Salon. This selection on Public Scholarship and Resistance, written by a doctoral student as part of the PAGE program is a great tool for discussion in graduate level classes or among colleagues this week.

https://imaginingamerica.org/2018/09/25/public-scholarship-strategic-lessons-for-resistance/

For more information on how your graduate students can be involved in the PAGE program check out this link https://imaginingamerica.org/student-engagement/apply-for-page/

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RFP's for Teagle Foundation Grants: Education for American Civic Life

The Teagle Foundation recently announced an RFP for initiatives related to Education for for American Civic Life,

Through “Education for American Civic Life,” the Foundation seeks to elevate the civic objectives of liberal arts education through faculty-led efforts within the curriculum grounded in the issues that define and challenge American democracy. 

For more information: http://www.teaglefoundation.org/Grants-Initiatives/Current-Initiatives-Listing

Dr. Ellen Kurtzman Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship

Dr. Kurtzman of GW's Nursing school Awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship

GW Nursing's Dr. Ellen Kurtzman will get an opportunity to shape policy through her work as a fellow.  

“I want to really learn how legislation happens, and the best way for me to do that is through an immersive Hill experience,” Dr. Kurtzman said. Her research and scholarship have addressed the effects of federal and state policies and programs on health care quality and the role of the health care workforce in higher value care. “I always think about my research through a policy lens,” she said. “But I have not had real-world policymaking experience. I’m hoping that this fellowship will ignite dozens of new research questions, sharpen my existing questions and heighten the policy impact of my research to improve patient care and public health.”

For more information see the full article here: https://nursing.gwu.edu/faculty-headed-capitol-hill-shape-policy

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