The Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship

At the end of each semester, the Nashman Center hosts the Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship. This event invites students, faculty, and community partners to share their experiences, disseminate findings, and learn about other campus/community initiatives.

All faculty and students are encouraged to attend, and invite their community partners as well. Many faculty incorporate Symposium participation into their course design, particularly those who assign “Showcase Presentations” as graded work. Other faculty invite students to attend the Symposium as an alternative assignment to a short reflection paper. Please contact Wendy Wagner, [email protected] for more information about including your course in this event. 

Fall 2019 Symposium


RSVP to Attend to Present

Information for Symposium Presenters

The RSVP Deadline is Dec 1


Monday, December 9th, 2019, 12:00-3:30pm Marvin Center, 3rd floor


11:30-12:00 pm Presenter Check-in (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

12:00 pm Lunch Speaker and Discussion

Guest speaker: Alexander Justice Moore, Chief Development Officer, DC Central Kitchen, and author of, The Food Fighters: DC Central Kitchen’s First Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines of Hunger and Poverty (2014).

Lunch catered by DC Central Kitchen.


1:30-2:20pm Concurrent Reflection Sessions

Participants are invited to choose from several sessions.


Service and Social Justice: How do we Make the Connection?

Marvin Center Room 311

Facilitator: Mr. Michael Tapscott, Director of the Multicultural Student Services Center

Student presenters from TRDA 3131W: Theatre for Social Change, Instructor Jodi Kanter. 


GW Partnerships with DC Public Schools

Marvin Center Room 301

Facilitator: Dr. Jonathon Grooms, Assistant Professor, GSEHD and Co-director of GWTeach


The Sustainability Forum: Why do you Care and Why does it Matter? 

Marvin Center Room 307

Facilitator: Dr. Tara Scully, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Director of the Sustainability Minor

Special Guest: Alexander Justice Moore, DC Central Kitchen


Creatively Capturing the Complexities of Communities: Video Screening and Discussion 

Marvin Center Room 302

Facilitator, Dr. Imani M. Cheers, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs

Featuring student work from SMPA 4180: Online Journalism Workshop


2:30-3:30pm Showcase Presentations

Symposium participants are encouraged to explore as many rooms as possible. Students will presentation on their community engaged scholarship from a variety of disciplines, including: communications, human services and social justice, university writing, Spanish, community health, and media and public affairs, and more.


Showcase Presentations (more are being added – registration closes Dec 1)

The 2019/2020 Knapp Fellow, Zaniya Lewis

The 2019/2020 Knapp Fellow, Yesenia Yepez 

Eco-Equity Challenge grant recipient, Jonathan Kilvaugh

HSCI 2110: Disease Prevention/Health Promotion, Instructor: Maranda Ward

HSSJ 1100: Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice, Instructor: Emily Morrison

HSSJ 1177: Organizing Social Justice and Human Services, Instructor: Gretchen Van Der Veer

HSSJ 3110W: Program Planning and Evaluation, Instructor Michelle Kelso

HSSJ 3152: Fact/Field/Fiction, Instructor Emily Morrison

TRDA 3131W: Theatre for Social Change, Instructor: Jodi Kanter

Previous Symposia

Spring 2019 Symposium

Fall 2018 Symposium

Spring 2018 Symposium

Fall 2017 Symposium

Spring 2017 Symposium