Panel Discussion: Theatre as a Catalyst for Change, March 30th

March 30th, 2019, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Amphitheatre

This is a do-not-miss GW event which will explore the potential of theatre as a powerful catalyst for social change. Theatre practitioners will share experiences from their own work in which they have witnessed or experienced the transformational power of theater. The following panelists will continue the conversation: Derek Goldman, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Leslie Jacobson, Jodi Kanter, and linguist Deborah Tannen. Mary Ellsberg, Director of the Global Women’s Institute will moderate the panel.

Link here for more information.

Following this event, plan to stay for a performance of 'Women's Works' Compiled and directed by Leslie Jacobson from 5-7pm. Link here for more information about this work, as well as other performance times scheduled.

March Conversation on Community-Engaged Scholarship: The History of Inequity in DC - What Community Engaged Scholars Need to Know

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Our March Breakfast Conversation on Community-Engaged Scholarship is coming up next week on March 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Winston Churchill Library and Center at Gelman Library. Dr. Maranda Ward will facilitate this Conversation about the history of inequity in Washington, D.C. and our role in partnering with those who are working toward justice. For more information and RSVP, click here.

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Spring 2019 Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship

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The Spring 2019 Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship is coming up on Friday, April 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Marvin Center.

We will be heavily featuring Nashman Affiliated Faculty and the great community-engaged scholarship students have been doing in their classes. For a program and more information, visit our Symposium page here. You can RSVP here.

We’re excited to see you all there on April 26th!

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IJRSLCE Call for Papers on Service Learning and Community Engagement

Paper Proposals due May 15th!

IJRSLCE Editorial Board has released a request for manuscripts they are seeking submissions, conveying the extent of scholarship in the field of service-learning and community engagement that represent a range of methodologies.

Author Guidelines are presented on the IJRSLCE website. To submit a manuscript, you must register on the site. Papers are due May 15, 2019. For more details and information, please email Glenn Bowwn ( and Clayton Hurd (

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 for details on submission.  

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:


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.

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

This professional development opportunity is offered as a pre-conference event, preceding the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference: October 6-7, 2019, Denver, Colorado.

“This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engaged scholarship. Participation in the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) is limited and interested applicants must be nominated to be considered for this workshop.” For more information:

Community Engagement and College Completion: Campus Compact's Monthly Webinar

“Campus Compact’s 2018-2019 webinar series takes the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and brings it straight to your desk. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune in to each session for information, tools, and resources to support and inspire you.”

The 2018-2019 webinar series is being offered free of charge, but all attendees must register:

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Call for Undergraduate Papers at the IUJSL

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An exciting new opportunity for undergraduates to be published in a peer-reviewed journal is available! The International Undergraduate Journal for Service-Learning, Leadership, and Social Change (IUJSL), which is dedicated to providing undergraduate students a venue to discuss their service-learning projects and experiences, has issued a call for papers by undergraduate students.

The journal considers 3 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.

Submissions should be sent in Word format. Do not add headers or page numbers. Submissions can be sent by email to: Ned Scott Laff, Ph.D. (ned.laff@gmail).

This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, so be sure to share with service-learning students!

The 2019 Summit on Homelessness and Poverty

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The Community Empowerment Fund, which is a student organization that uses relationship-based support to assist community members to work towards their housing, employment, and financial goals, will be hosting the 2019 Summit on Homelessness and Poverty from March 1-3, 2019, in North Carolina.

For more information, you can visit the site for the Summit on Homelessness and Poverty or look at their website here. Last year, students at Brown University held the first inaugural Summit on Homelessness and Poverty. In doing so, they brought together a coalition of student organizations from across the country dedicated to dismantling systems that perpetuate hunger, homelessness, and poverty. This year, Duke and UNC will be hosting the Summit.

You can register here. They can also provide transportation/accommodation scholarships for students who might have economic barriers to attending the conference. Be sure to tell your students about this amazing opportunity!

PHENND Newsletter Updates

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The new PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) newsletter is out and features some interesting opportunities.

The 30th Anniversary PHENND conference will take place on April 1-3 and is on the subject of “Trauma + the Arts: Mobilizing Anchor Institutions.” For more information and tickets, click here.

New resources highlighted in the newsletter include a new article about gauging college’s success in enrolling low-income students, an article on high school civic engagement, and a new podcast episode about publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and community members share their life and work. There is also a webinar on the topic of civic dialogue, which you can register for here.