Spring 2017 Symposium

This event was held in May, 2017, 10 am - 4:00 pm, Marvin Center, 3rd floor

Highlights this semester included:

  • Celebration of Service lunch with announcements of service awards and grants.
  • Morning and Afternoon Sessions, including panel presentations and reflective discussions on:

    • Mass Incarceration and GW-DC Partnerships (Moderator: Aly Belknap, Service-Learning Scholar for UW1020)

    • Domestic and International Service Learning in IIST (Moderator: Dr. Olivia Blackmon, Assistant Program Director, IIST)

    • GPAC Info Session for Faculty: Local/Civic Engagement (Presenters: Dr. Elizabeth Chacko, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Dr. Wendy Wagner, Senior Program Associate for Academic Service-Learning)

    • Operación Impacto and César Chávez Final Reflections (Moderator: Dolores Perillán, Spanish Teaching Instructor)

    • Senior Well-Being in DC (Presenters: Dr. Wendy Wagner and students of HSSJ 1100: Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice)

    • Creating Signs for a Community Heritage Trail in Foggy Bottom (Presenters: Dr. Christopher Klemek and students of HIST 2020W: Washington DC: History, Culture, Politics)

    • Is Service Political? A Conversation on Service and Civic Engagement Across the Political Spectrum (Presenters: Dr. Michael Cornfield, Acting Director of the Political Management Program and panelists representing a variety of political student organizations)

    • Social Entrepreneurship at GWU: A Presentation of Past Work and Informational Session (Presenters: 2016-17 Knapp Fellows, 2017-18 Knapp Fellows Moderator: Jonathan Butler, Senior Program Associate for Social Innovation)

    • Leadership and Nonprofit Administration: Learning Through Service (Presenters: Dr. Wendy Wagner and Dr. Gretchen Van der Veer, professors in Human Services and Social Justice)

    • Community-Based Participatory Research at GWU (Moderator: Amy Cohen, Executive Director, Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service Presenters: Sara Policastro and Charleene Smith, winners of the 2017 Nashman Prize for Community-Based Participatory Research)

    • Service-Learning and Language Acquisition (Presenter: Dolores Perillan, Spanish Teaching Instructor)

  • Multiple showcase presentations. During the Showcase Session, Symposium attendees are invited to explore various rooms of poster presentations, digital posters, art, engineering projects, and other displays representing the community impact and student learning from community-engaged scholarship, including:

    • Developing Programs for Humanitarian (Aid Abdi Abdirahman)

    • Development of a Python Course for High School Students (Amanjot Bhandal and Patrick Aviles Wynkoop)

    • Whitman-Walker Health: Improving Patient Care Through Technology (Adil Raja, Galyna Ivanystka and Mohammad Mustafa)

    • Optimizing IT Usage at West African Research Center in Senegal and World Vision in Guatemala (Daniel Alvarez-Castgnaro and Roberto Solorzano)

    • Girls in Technology: Supporting Initiatives to Promote Girls in the STEM Field (Delina Desta)

    • Empowering Muslim Women Through Computer Literacy (Elyaa Hammad)

    • Higher Achievement: Effective Tutoring Strategies for Marginalized Communities (Martin Gonzalez and Taher Deriye)

    • Promoting Computer Literacy in the Senior Communities (Servat Bukhari)


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