May 22nd Webinar: Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Webinar: Using Ethnographies and Oral Histories to Address Environmental Public Health Issues

Summer learning opportunity: Learn to use ethnography in partnerships for Environmental Public Health

Register here https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=efde03f87a8e8f77cdad368e8c9f5b35c  for the NIH webinar which will discuss the importance of how communities think about environmental exposures and the effects of those exposures on their lives. Hear about two projects working with community partners to collect oral histories about historical environmental exposures and their lived experience.

Presenters include:

Brittany Fremion, Ph.D., Central Michigan University

Michele Marcus, Ph.D., Emory University

Amy Schulz, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Frances Barg, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Britt Dahlberg, Ph.D., Science History Institute

Summer Community Engaged Writing Projects? Register for the Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

If your summer writing list is long and your research needs to be disseminated you need a writing retreat!

Pen to Paper is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space, and resources to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on manuscripts related to service-learning and community engagement. The two and a half-day retreat provides participants with time to discuss ideas with and receive feedback from editors, share ideas with peers, and write.

Each year attendance is intentionally kept to a minimum in order to foster personal connections the small group provides the space participants need to focus on engaged scholarship. Registration and information here https://indianacampuscompact.org/pen-to-paper/

Faculty Spotlight Dr. Phyllis Ryder

Nashman Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Phyllis Ryder

Professor Ryder is an Associate Professor of Writing specializing in service learning, composition, academic literacy, faculty librarian partnerships for teaching academic research, rhetoric of democracy, public and community writing. Itohan Amu, a Community Engaged Scholar at the Nashman Center, sat down with Dr. Ryder to learn more about her work.

She has two current publications. The first is a book, Rhetorics for Community Action: Public Writing and Writing Publics https://www.amazon.com/Rhetorics-Community-Action-Cultural-Pedagogy/dp/0739137662 . The second is an article about her evolving understanding of the community partners that she works with, From Reciprocity to Interdependence: Mass Incarceration and Service Learning available here http://proxygw.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eue&AN=121172789&site=ehost-live

We asked Professor Ryder how she incorporates service learning into her courses. She allows “students to work with organizations in DC in order to have a context to really think about language, writing and communication and also because it sparks some questions that students will often research”.  She made clear that she likes it because it helps people to understand that there’s a deeper purpose for the scholarship that happens at the university and understand the amount of impact that the students can make on the community by answering real world questions. Over the years, Professor Ryder has worked with over 20 community partners including: Life Pieces to Masterpieces, DC Central Kitchen, Free Minds Book Club, US Dream Academy and many more.

During the course of her class, Professor Ryder talks about what’s actually happening among community organizations and how they conceptualize social change while doing their work and what it means to bring a community together. Professor Ryder believes that it is important for GW students and professors to be involved in the community because it forces them to keep testing their assumptions. It’s important for them to understand the issues happening today and the new layers that come with it. She stated that “what’s happening on the ground is dynamic and if we’re not plugged into that, then scholars and teachers are not necessarily doing their scholarship fully and are teaching in a limited way. Having that engagement with community keeps them humble and keeps them to adapt theories and goals.”

The Nashman Center appreciates Dr. Ryder’s work as a Nashman Affiliate, she chairs the Black Lives Matter Faculty Learning Community learn more about their work here and community engaged work in her course which you can learn more about here.

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New Article Relational Social Justice Ethics for Art Therapists: Nashman Affiliate Dr. Jordan Potash

New Article! Nashman Affiliate Faculty Member Jordan Potash: Relational Social Justice Ethics for Art Therapists in Art Therapy

Abstract: Relational social justice integrates psychological theories and practices with political and social change paradigms to situate relationships as central to ethical decision making. The core of this approach entails strong assurance of human rights and commitment to dialogue across racial, cultural, social, and political differences. Typical patterns that characterize protesters and opponents as enemies are replaced with both functioning as partners in the quest for social change. Art therapists can employ the relational approach to ethics when engaging with policymakers, colleagues, and clients to challenge injustice and reimagine societal norms.

Download article here through Gelman Library Access: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07421656.2018.1554019

Learn more about Dr. Potash’s work here: http://arttherapy.columbian.gwu.edu/jordan-potash and here  http://www.jordanpotash.com/

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Panel Event May 14th: Importance of Addressing Gender within Development & Humanitarian Settings

May 14, 2019 3:00PM – 5:00PM Milken Institute School of Public Health 

950 New Hampshire Avenue NW  Room B100B  Washington, DC 20052

Event will be followed by a light reception. You can RSVP here.

Global Women's Institute (GWI) is hosting an event exploring the importance of addressing gender within development and humanitarian settings. Panelists will share their own experiences implementing programs and training others to meaningfully address gender in development and humanitarian settings.    
Panelists include:
Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security

Alison Lazarus, Director and Independent Contractor at Creative Constructs Educational Initiatives
Clemencia Muñoz-Tamayo, Head of Training Centre and Country Representative, UN Women
Tina Musuya, Executive Director, Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) 

Nashman Faculty Spotlight: Erin Wentzell

Erin Wentzell is an assistant clinical professor in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Health, Human Function and Rehabilitation Science and the Academic Director for Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency between GW Physical Therapy program and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is part of our Nashman Affiliated Faculty and recently Itohan Amu, a Scholar with the Nashman Community Engaged Scholarship team sat down to learn more about Wentzell’s work.

As an instructor Wentzell teaches a community engaged service-learning course called “Interprofessional Community Practicum”, which discusses health equity, social determinants of health, and how health is impacted by community and socio demographic factors. Professor Wentzell incorporates service learning into her course, her students work with community partners in the DC area who work with underserved populations. Students hear about the communities in class but are able to see it face to face and understand it better through their service and partnership.

Professor Wentzell and her course work with community partners that look at health in a broader sense in underserved populations. Catalysts sports, Whitman Walker Health and Youth Services, Washington Senior Wellness, Department of Defense, HSC Kids in Action adaptive sports program, NRH adaptive sports and boxing program, The Playtime Project, the National Park Service just to name a few. While teaching this course, professor Wentzell has learned that she’s not the only one out there doing community engaged scholarship. She is motivated by the amazing people in the DC area with a level of passion and engagement. She noted that while “it takes a lot of upfront work to set up partnerships, there is nothing compared to it, because students end up learning from it, the community benefits from it, and we are proud of it at the end.”

Wentzell believes that it is important for GW professors and students to be involved in the community because they need to realize that we are all neighbors and part of the Foggy Bottom community. However, she notes it is also important that we ensure it is reciprocal relationship, the community helps the students grow and develop and we can make an impact in the community and that makes the community a better place for all of us.

Wentzell imparted some healthy wisdom to an outside of GW audience recently check out her quote in w Outside magazine https://www.outsideonline.com/2393660/ask-your-doctor-if-nature-right-you

How to get course credit for attending the Spring 2019 Symposium

We are glad you’re here and learning about community engaged scholarship.

To get course credit just follow these steps

  1. Log on to your GW Serves GivePulse Account https://gwserves.givepulse.com

  2. Click on Classes, click on spring 2019, click on your class and scroll down to your class wall. https://gwserves.givepulse.com/group/classes/159231?term=Spring+2019

  3. Post your answers to the prompts that are posted on your class wall your professor can see the answers there and award your credit.

  4. Don’t forget to click Submit!

See pictures below if you need help! Have a great day at #SymposiumGW and learn about how to extend your Community Engaged Scholarship by following us @NashmanFaculty

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2019 SENCER Summer Institute Early Registration Ends April 30

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The SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institute (SSI) will be hosted by Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio on August 1-4, 2019.

SSI brings together formal and informal educators, learners, and community and government partners for a rich mix of plenaries, workshops, and other sessions that focus not only on what students should learn, but how that learning might be accomplished.

The theme for SSI 2019 is Partnership Power: STEM Learning as a Force for Civic Renewal. In addition to their core focus on effective pedagogy and course design, the Institute program will explore collaborations and partnerships that advance STEM learning and build civic capacity for addressing the critical challenges facing our democracy.

For more information and registration, click here.

Colleen Packard Wins the Nashman Prize

Colleen Packard, a Master’s student pursuing a degree in Master's of Public Health in Community-Oriented Primary Care, has won the Nashman Prize for her Community-Based Participatory Research! Undergraduate and graduate students who present their research at the annual GW Research Days event are invited to submit for consideration for the Nashman Prize, which recognizes excellence in Community-Based Participatory Research.

Read more about her research below, and read more about the Nashman Prize here.

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Colleen’s Project: Parent & Student Knowledge, Attitude, and Perceptions of Youth Sports Injuries the Feasibility of Expanding Athletics Activities Diversity in a Community Non-Profit Organization will be presented at the Nashman Symposium on April 26th sign up here to attend https://givepul.se/nrvz0

Colleen did research with Beacon House, a community non-profit organization located in the Edgewood Commons complex of Washington, DC whose mission is to close the education achievement gap for children in Ward 5. Beacon House’s athletics program is a signature offering of the organization, and the tackle football program is the largest and most successful of the sports offered.

However, with increased awareness of concussion risk in youth sports, Beacon House requested this research be done in order to adequately inform any future action by its administration. The purpose of this study is to conduct an assessment of parent and student perceptions of youth sports injuries. The study also surveys Beacon House parents and students to see how the athletics program could potentially expand in the future. The mixed-methods study utilizes survey measures and focus groups to measure both parent and student knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of concussions. The athletics interest form will furthermore show which sports parents and students are interested in playing, either in lieu of or in addition to tackle football. All methods were reviewed by Beacon House before beginning data collection, and Beacon House staff are integral to participant recruitment.

Learn more at beaconhousedc.org.

Highlights from the Imagining America March 2019 Newsletter

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Imagining America, an organization dedicated to promoting community engagement and service-learning partnerships. Below are some highlights from their March 2019 newsletter.

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The Imagining America National Gathering will take place on October 18-20th in Albuquerque, NM. The call for participation will be released in April. For more information on early hotel booking, click here.

The National Women’s Studies Association is offering scholarship for graduate students, with applications due by tomorrow night (March 31). If you know a graduate student that is currently a member and interested in scholarship opportunities, refer them here for more opportunities.

Check out IA Faculty Director Erica Kohl-Arenas as a guest in the Niskanen Center's recent Science of Politics podcast and speaks on how philanthropy diverts social movements. Click here for the podcast site, along with a transcript.

Event Recap: Dr. Maranda Ward The History of Inequity in DC: What Community Engaged Scholars Need to Know

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On Wednesday, March 26th, the Nashman Center hosted our March Breakfast on Community-Engaged Scholarship at Gelman Library! Doctor Maranda Ward, a Nashman Affiliated Faculty member and Professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, presented and led a robust discussion.

The presentation focused on historic inequality in D.C. that has perpetuated to this day and the ways that GW faculty and students can interact with organizations fighting for justice in an appropriate way - by lifting up communities in the areas where they are strong. Thank you to everyone who came out for this enlightening conversation.

If you missed the event or want a chance to review what was discussed today check out the PowerPoint from Dr. Ward here.

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