Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.77
Liaison Josh Lasky
Submission Date April 4, 2023

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 5.00 Amy Cohen
Dir. Civ. Eng. & Pub Svc
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

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Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:
Employees of GW are invited and encouraged to serve alongside students for programs such as Welcome Day of Service and King Day of Service. Faculty and staff also partner to provide support for student community engagement projects by serving as mentors and advisors through GWUpstart, GW's hub for social innovation programs, and as Learning Partners on Alternative Break volunteer trips. GW also hosts "Give a Gift" annually for faculty, staff, and students. This annual holiday event voices the needs and gifts wanted by partner organizations' constituents. GW departments, individuals and student groups provide educational and household items as well as toys and clothing. More than 500 individuals receive gifts annually from the "Give a Gift" through our partner agencies.

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The mission of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is to integrate civic engagement into George Washington University’s educational work. We promote equity and active citizenship in a diverse democracy, focus GW’s resources to address community needs through reciprocal partnerships beyond the campus, and enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship at GW.

GW students meet local needs through ongoing community-engaged scholarship courses and research as well as co-curricular community service and civic engagement programs, such as engageDC, SMARTDC, Math Matters, Civic Changemakers, and Jumpstart. Immersion programs such as Alternative Breaks, Welcome Day of Service and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Leadership engage students in national and international service that makes an immediate and powerful impact. GW combines opening Convocation for new students with a day of service, engaging over 2000 students in a kick off to the school year that highlights the interconnection of GW's academic, civic and community engagement and connects students with the local community beyond the boundaries of campus.

The Nashman Center has the following goals:

Meet Community Needs
Develop strong reciprocal, respectful and active democratic community partnerships
Use GW’s expertise and resources to address pressing human needs
Use evidence-based methods and assets-based strategies
Ensure that projects have demonstrable outcomes for the community
Focus on several strategic partnerships with multiple programs
Promote Equity and Active Citizenship in a Diverse Democracy
Engage GW with the District of Columbia and the world
Unite people of diverse backgrounds in meaningful relevant common experience
Cultivate the values and skills needed to participate in public decision-making and community life
Foster equitable access to resources and inclusion
Enhance Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Promote and support engaged scholarship, including service-learning and community-based research
Support scholarship about service, equity, and civic engagement
Collaborate locally, nationally and internationally to further higher education’s commitment to civic engagement

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