01-30-2017: Affordability Survey
We want to hear from you! Please fill out this brief survey to help us with our work making GW more affordable for every student. Answers are anonymous and will go the Student Association Senate and Executive Cabinet so we can focus our advocacy on alleviating the largest financial burdens on students.
11-06-2016: Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund
The GW Career Services Council established the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) to encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships.
Made possible through the generous support of alumni and parents, this highly competitive program provides grants ranging up to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid. In order to maximize the number of students who receive funding, awards for internships in the District of Columbia and other U.S. domestic locations typically do not exceed $1,500.
Necessarily unpaid internships are typically those with non-profit, governmental, educational and non-governmental organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their interns.
The Career Services Council believes the financial support provided by the fund will make a significant difference in the lives of GW students, just as the students will make a significant difference in the world and through their work with the organizations at which they intern.
Spring 2017 Application
Applications accepted between November 1, 2016, and November 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified December 15, 2016.
Visit careerservices.gwu.edu for more information.
09-07-2016: Introducing GW-Voice
The Student Association is excited to announce the launch of GW-Voice, an interactive feature that allows students to present their ideas to the Student Association and the student body as a whole. Students can submit ideas on the SA website, and vote on other ideas to signal their support. GW-Voice streamlines the process of reaching out to your SA representatives and empowers students by giving them a platform to present their vision for GW.
Here’s how it works: Have an idea about something the SA should do or advocate for? Head over the “GW-Voice” tab on the SA website and click on the “Give Feedback” button. Once you submit your idea, other people can show their support by clicking the Vote button on the left. The more votes a submission receives, the higher it will be listed on the page.
The Student Association is dedicated to ensuring student voices are heard. GW-Voice is just one way we are working to amplify the efforts of the students we represent.
GW-Voice is currently open on the Student Association website. We can’t wait to hear everyone’s ideas to move GW forward together.
"The Student Association wants to hear directly from students about what work the group should prioritize.
A new part of the SA's website, called GW-Voice, allows students to post ideas of what they would like the group to work on, and students can then 'up-vote' ideas they agree with. SA leaders said the format will make it easier to see which topics are most important to the student body.
SA Executive Vice President Thomas Falcigno said the website's new feature will provide clear indications of what students want improved at GW, based on topics students introduce on the site and how many agree.
'It allows us to actually get hard numbers in terms of how many students actually want to see an issue addressed,' Falcigno said. 'It really gives us another avenue to gather the student voice and advocate on behalf of students.'"
Read more at The GW Hatchet
Want to have a voice in the selection of our next University President? Attend one of the three town hall meetings scheduled for the week of September 12th. Dates and times below:
Monday, September 12, 2016
Location: Betts Theatre, Marvin Center
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Open to All
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Students
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Location: Jack Morton Auditorium, MPA Building
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Students
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Exploration Hall 101
8:30 am to 9:30 am – Open to All
Milken Institute School of Public Health - Main Auditorium
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Students
If you are unable to attend, you can also provide feedback through the Presidential Search Committee website.
We are proud to have worked with the University to increase the flexibility of GWorld usage based on student input:
"Based on feedback from students, Dining Cash may be used for campus printing and residence hall laundry facility purchases when a student does not have Colonial Cash available."
Read more at GW Today
"The Student Association Senate passed a resolution Monday night requiring each of the senate’s committees to create reports on the state of affordability for students at GW.
Each committee, which focuses on a different topic within the University – like student organizations or academics – will submit a report at the end of the academic year with explanations of costs students encounter on campus and detailed recommendations for solutions to reduce those costs."
Read more at The GW Hatchet
Originally posted on July 22, 2016
In light of recent claims regarding the treatment of members of our men’s basketball team by Head Coach Mike Lonergan, the GW Student Association would like to offer our support to the team. We stand with members of the GW Basketball Team who are our friends, our classmates, and an indispensable part of our community. All members of the GW community should be treated with respect and we will continue to advocate to make this a reality. We are dedicated to ensuring every student has equal access to the resources and opportunities necessary to achieve success both in and out of the classroom.
The Student Association is committed to guaranteeing proper treatment of our student athletes. We have already reached out to the Title IX Office and the GW Athletics Department regarding this situation and will remain in touch with all groups involved. Any complaints of abuse brought forward by members of our community must be addressed appropriately by University officials. As we learn more, we will continue to support all members of our community and ensure that our University does as well.
The Student Association exists to advocate for all GW students and we stand in solidarity with all student-athletes who call themselves Colonials.
08-31-2016: President Knapp Announces Final Year
Originally posted on June 8, 2016
Yesterday, George Washington University President Steven Knapp announced he will not seek to renew his contract when it expires in July 2017.
We would like to thank Dr. Knapp for his service and leadership over the past 10 years. He has fundamentally transformed GW by expanding research opportunities, alumni networks, and outlets for public service. Diane Knapp has also played an important role on our campus, serving on the University’s Sustainability Task Force and chairing our Urban Food Task Force. We are sincerely grateful for the Knapp’s strong support of student leadership and advocacy.
As the Board of Trustees develops a plan to search for the next president, we emphasize the vital importance of incorporating student voices into the process. Dr. Knapp has forged partnerships and developed innovative programs that have shaped the experience of students. As demonstrated by student support for representation on the Board of Trustees, we have a vested interest in the future of our University and see this as an opportunity to help shape that future. We hope to work with the Board of Trustees to select a new president who shares the values of the institution we strive to become.
We are excited to work with Dr. Knapp in the upcoming year to make sure student voices are a part of the decision-making process when it comes to moving our University forward. Dr. Knapp, Ms. Knapp, and Ruffles will be greatly missed come July 2017.
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07-24-2016: GW Listens
Originally posted on October 13, 2015
The Student Association successfully advocated for the GW’s first-ever Peer Support Program, GW Listens. The program will operate as an after-hours call center staffed by anonymous undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. The phone hotline will allow a student who is looking to speak to a well-trained peer about something they are going through to anonymously call in after hours.
Advocacy for GW Listens began last year, under former SA President Nick Gumas and EVP Avra Bossov. Co-Directors of Health and Wellness Chris Evans and Cole Ettingoff, along with the insights of Dean Mark Levine and President Andie Dowd, helped bring this idea to fruition.
07-24-2016: Instituting 2016-2017 Fall Break
Originally posted on September 29, 2015
Senate Chairperson Pro Tempore Thomas Falcigno (CCAS-U) and Academic Affairs Chairperson Alyssa Weakley (GWSB-U) led an effort to institute a two-day Fall Break for the 2016-2017 academic school year. The two started meeting with administrators and drafting legislation last spring.
The Fall Break is scheduled for October 24th and 25th, 2016.
Originally posted on September 21, 2015
Senators Charlie Spirtos and Erika Feinman, along with Director of Mount Vernon Affairs Calla Gilson, expanded Kosher and Halal meal options for students living on the Mount Vernon Campus. They are currently working on accommodating and incorporating dietary needs and desires in campus dining.
07-24-2016: Gelman Library Closures
Originally posted on August 19, 2015
GW Administrators announced that Gelman Library will remain open 24/7 in light of concerns from the Student Body. President Andie Dowd was involved in the conversation to maintain accessibility of the essential student resource. The full Hatchet Article can be found here.
07-24-2016: Putting Emergency Resources on GWorlds
Originally posted on June 9, 2015
President Andie Dowd and Executive Vice-President Casey Syron work with administration to have emergency resources to be on the back of GWorlds for the incoming GW Class of 2018. These numbers are GW Police/EMeRG, GW Medical Services, GW Mental Health Services, GW Sexual Assault Response Team, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The full Hatchet Article can be found here.