Changemaker Week

Everyone can be a changemaker, prepare to participate!

The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service promotes equity and active citizenship in a diverse democracy, cultivating the values and skills needed to participate in public decision making and community life. One of the Nashman Center’s focus areas is social innovation. Social innovation to us is the creation of creative approaches to address social problems. The GWupstart program, within the Nashman Center, is the hub for social innovation training, mentoring and funding. It builds on GW’s strength to foster the next generation of citizen leaders. 

What is the purpose and goal of Changemaker Week?

This year the GWupstart program brings you Changemaker Week. An opportunity to engage in programs, events, discussions, classes and meetings taking place on campus in which changemaking and being an active citizen in our community will be the theme and main topic of conversation. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the resources on campus available to turn your ideas into action. The Nashman Center utilizes the Pathways to Public Service and Civic Engagement  to describe the range of possibilities by which someone can contribute to the common good. We encourage you and your team to think of ways that you can incorporate one or more of these pathways into your work on Changemaker Week. We intend to identify all the ways that the GW community has already committed to making change and the steps they are taking to move forward in being active citizens in our communities.


The 2021 schedule is coming soon. For reference, here is the 2020 schedule:


Saturday, February 1st 

Wellness for Change 

9:00am - 5:30pm Gelman Library 3rd Floor Rooms 301-302

Hosted by the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with Ycenter presents the Jumpstart Bootcamp: Health and Wellness Innovation an experiential and interactive bootcamp focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages across the globe as aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3 (UN SDG #3): Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. No previous knowledge about UN SDG’s is necessary to attend. Priority registrations will go to GW students. Non-GW guests will be contacted if spots are available.

Sunday, February 2nd 

Pitching & Prototypes 

Registration Closed

Hosted by  [email protected]

This week Social Impact 360 @ GW be focusing specifically on the idea of storytelling. Many people think storytelling is a dying art, but it is essential for you to master if you hope to convince people that the work you are doing is important and should matter to them.

Monday, February 3rd

GW Votes (Sign Up to Vote)

10:00am - 3:00pm Gelman Library, Marvin Center, and District House (cupcakes & coffee provided!)

Hosted by the The Nashman Center’s GW Votes Program

GW has one of the most politically active student bodies in the nation. GW Votes is a nonpartisan coalition of students, faculty and staff that promotes voter registration and participation among our students. Come to any of our tabling locations to find out more about voting!

GW Changemaker Showcase

11:30am - 1:30pm Marvin Center Great Hall 

Hosted by the The Nashman Center’s GWupstart Program

The GW community is invited to come learn about changemaking projects and groups that are taking place on campus. Students will share the work they are doing to address a social issue and students, faculty, staff and community partners are welcome to provide thoughts to further enhance these projects. Social innovation partners will also be present, for you to learn how you can get involved in creating change in your community utilizing the resources available at GW.


Black Heritage Celebration Keynote

6:00pm Jack Morton Auditorium

Hosted by The Black Heritage Celebration Committee

Be inspired as we kick off Black Heritage Celebration with a keynote address delivered from prominent activist, educator, and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Discussing what exactly "Reclaiming Our Renaissance" means to her as a prominent voice in the black community and how she portrays her blackness through her work intersecting culture and justice.

Tuesday, February 4th

Social Innovation Workshop Series: Design Think Your Project

6:00pm - 7:30pm Innovation Center Tompkins M06

Hosted by Innovation Center, Office of Sustainability, The Nashman Center

Design Think Your Project covers the basics of human centered design, prioritizing the people in your project as the basis of innovation. Hands-on techniques for exploration through prototyping build on understandings gathered through empathy and creatively reframing problems.

Wednesday, February 5th

ChangeMAKING IT WORK: Learning How to React and Respond-  12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Location: District House B114

Hosted by Presidential Fellows Jacqueline Baños (Office for Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement) & Tereese Smith (Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service) 

Many of us have experienced uncomfortable or difficult situations  that, either in the moment or after, made us question our reactions and responses. Part of being an active citizen requires us to  recognize the variety of responses a situation can elicit, and how we can deal with tension or conflict in personal, academic, and professional spaces. This lunch session is meant to help students become more comfortable engaging with people that have different perspectives, identities, and experiences while also encouraging students to acknowledge their gaps in knowledge and understanding about certain topics. Further, this event aims to provide students with tools and resources to engage in productive dialogues.



Social Innovation Workshop: Relationship Building & Community Engagement

6:00pm - 7:00pm District House B114

Hosted by GW Career Center, Innovation Center, Office of Sustainability, The Nashman Center GWupstart Program

Learning, researching and empathizing with your community is an important process as an innovator. This session will allow attendees to discuss how Asset Based Community Development and Community Asset Mapping assists in the process of building mutually beneficial relationships with the community. Attendees will also discuss the key elements to building lasting relationships with team members, community partners and other stakeholders.


Solve Climate by 2030 Teach In: Fighting for the Planet in 2020

6:00pm - 9:00pm Smith Art Pavilion (Smith 120)

Hosted by Sustainable GW & Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy

In a partnership with Bard's Center for Environmental Policy, GW is the DC regional lead of the Solve Climate by 2030 Power Dialogue. This event will be the Teach In portion where faculty experts in climate action and clean energy will engage with students, staff, and the public to facilitate action for climate solutions.



New Venture Competition Application Deadline (Social Impact Track) 

Hosted by the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The New Venture Competition provides GW students, faculty, and alumni with real-world experiences in entrepreneurship that can’t be replicated anywhere else! GW students have the opportunity to compete in three tracks, Tech, Social, and New Venture and bring an idea to the table, work with mentors to craft and pitch a stellar idea, and vie for cash and non-cash prizes equaling $500,000.

Thursday, February 6th

Leadership and Changemaking Lunch

12:00pm - 1:00pm 1957 E ST NW Room 412Q

Hosted by The Office of Sustainability

Join Sustainable GW for our weekly Sustainability Lunch. In honor of Changemaker Week 2020, Director of the Office of Sustainability Meghan Chapple will host a workshop on changemaking, and finding opportunities to leverage your own influence within a larger system. Whether its small changes like implementing recycling in your office, or big changes like influencing policy, we all can find ways to act as leaders promoting healthy and thriving resource systems for all.   


Pursue Your Passion & Create Change

5:30pm - 7:00pm Churchill Library Gelman 1st Floor

Hosted by The Nashman Center’s GWupstart Program

Come hear how these passionate social entrepreneurs in the health & fitness industry are creating change in our communities. They will share how they got started, what it takes to create a more diverse community within the fitness world and what it means to provide access to health and fitness to all. Enjoy a brief meditation/yoga session at the end of the program if interested. 

Moderator: Alix Montes GWSB Alum '12

Keynote Speaker: Nicole Cardoza, Founder & Executive Director of Yoga Foster and Founder of Reclamation Ventures

Friday, February 7th

Social Innovation Workshop: Funding Your Change Making Ideas

12:00pm - 1:00pm Duques 420

Hosted by the The Nashman Center’s GWupstart Program

Great ideas also need financial resources to grow and expand. Come learn grant writing skills to finance your changemaking ideas. This session will also provide financial resources on and off campus that you can take advantage of as you create and innovate.


Alternative Breaks Immigration & Border Community Rights in El Paso

4:45pm - 6:00pm Location: DH B206

Hosted by the GW Alternative Breaks

A dialogue over immigration and border community rights featuring busting myths on immigration stereotypes and featuring a film made by the Border Connections for Human Rights Organization, that members of Cristo Rey, the community partner that our alternative break worked with during our time in El Paso are a part of, that is on Netflix called "A Three Minute Hug". We will also share personal stories and information about our time in El Paso.


Environmentally Sustainable Procurement Project

8:00am - 5:00pm Jacob Burns Moot Court Room & Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab

Join the Environmentally Sustainable Procurement Policymaking Project to see the power of government purchasing and help procurement policymakers overcome challenges in implementing environmentally sustainable goals.


Grant Deadlines

Eco-Equity Challenge Grant

Up to $5,000 funding opportunity for your social innovation idea addressing environmental and social justice issues.

Hosted by GWupstart


Public Service Grant Commission

Up to $2,500 funding opportunity for social innovation project or idea. 

Hosted by GWupstart & The Office of Sustainability



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