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GW Community Relations

Foggy Bottom/West End Community

The George Washington University has forged a strong sense of community with our Foggy Bottom neighbors, launching a variety of partnerships that underscore shared interests and needs.

Mount Vernon D.C. Campus Community

From free summer movies on The Vern to use of the Eckles Library, the George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus offers a wide array of resources to our neighbors in the district’s Palisades area.

Virginia Community

From our Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Loudoun County to our programs throughout the state, GW’s faculty and students—and the more than 40,000 GW alumni that make northern Virginia their home—strive to be a positive community resource in the commonwealth.

 

Government Relations

Federal Government Relations

From a prime vantage point at the heart of the nation’s capital, the George Washington University plays an active role in influencing, informing and actively observing the federal government.

District Government Relations

The George Washington University works closely with the government of the District of Columbia to not only promote our community-based interests but also to inform local policy with cutting-edge innovations and ideas.

Virginia Government Relations

In Northern Virginia and throughout the commonwealth, the George Washington University seeks to be an engaged policy partner with Virginia’s government, business and civic leaders.

Virginia Government Relations

In Loudoun County and throughout the commonwealth, the George Washington University seeks to be an engaged policy partner with Virginia’s government, business and civic leaders.

Faculty and staff at GW’s Virginia Science & Technology Campus take an active role in Loudoun County government and regional boards and commissions. These include the Economic Development Commission’s education and workforce committee, the Economic Development Department CEO Cabinet and the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association.

GW staff serves on the boards of organizations including the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and the Dulles Corridor Rail Association. They also share their insight and expertise as members of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, several area chambers of commerce, the Dulles Area Transportation Association and many other regional committees and community groups.

District Government Relations

The George Washington University works closely with the government of the District of Columbia to not only promote our community-based interests but also to inform local policy with cutting-edge innovations and ideas. We hold regular briefings for our city leaders to share our expertise and advice on pressing local issues.

As the University’s most effective ambassadors, GW students cultivate relationships in the local government, too. Each year on “D.C. Government Day,” GW student leaders undergo training on the district’s history, culture, politics and issues and then visit the offices of the mayor, city council and our member of Congress. These meetings not only afford personal introductions but they lead to opportunities for internships, community service and even careers in city government.

Policy Expertise & Testimony

As an institution deeply invested in the district’s welfare, the George Washington University marshals its expertise to comment on proposed laws and regulations and to help shape the polices and programs that benefit every D.C. citizen.

Our faculty members are at the forefront of their fields and frequently contribute their policy expertise and testimony to legislative committees and regulatory bodies. 

Federal Government Relations

From a prime vantage point at the heart of the nation’s capital, the George Washington University plays an active role in influencing, informing and actively observing the federal government.

Our expert faculty members—including many former and current senior government officials—work closely with federal agencies, testify at congressional hearings and convene dynamic discussions among both government and university leaders to advance groundbreaking policies and programs.

From special events on campus to brownbag luncheons on Capitol Hill, our federal outreach sustains strong relationships between federal government officials and GW’s alumni, students and faculty. GW also looks for ways to collaborate with the federal government on important research priorities. And it seeks to inform decision makers about policies that will give our students and faculty the best opportunities to learn.

Virginia Science & Technology Campus Community Relations

From our Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Loudoun County to our programs throughout the state, GW’s faculty and students—and the more than 40,000 GW alumni that make Virginia their home—strive to be a positive community resource in the Commonwealth.

Local residents come to VSTC to take classes, volunteer and use the public areas of our library. The campus also hosts the meetings and events of numerous community groups, including the Small Business Development Center, area chambers of commerce, local public schools, Sustainable Loudoun and the Loudoun Photography Club.

GW’s VSTC library is a designated Foundation Center Cooperating Collection. As a result, local grant writers can access a free, comprehensive, searchable online database of more than 92,000 grantmaking foundations and charities in the United States. They also can take advantage of a collection of publications about grant proposals and grant makers as well as a series of workshops focused on searching for funds and writing successful proposals.

For more information about the VSTC, please visit: http://www.gwvirginia.gwu.edu/.

Mount Vernon D.C. Campus Community Relations

From free summer movies on The Vern to use of the Eckles Library, The George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus offers a wide array of resources to our neighbors in the district’s Palisades area. Neighbors takes full advantage of Mount Vernon’s meeting space for both community events and private social occasions. Area residents also can enjoy fitness classes free of charge or join the outdoor pool or tennis center at a reduced membership rate. Neighbors age 60 and over can audit a class for the same low price afforded to GW alumni.

The Mount Vernon Campus partners with community-based organizations as well. It works with the Palisades Village to provide volunteer services that help elderly residents age in place, sharing our faculty’s expertise in gerontology, nursing, nonprofit management and more to help launch the program. D.C. Stoddert Soccer, the School Without Walls, the Field School and St. Patrick’s Episcopal School all play organized sports on Mount Vernon’s athletic fields. And every year since the 1940s, the Mount Vernon Campus has participated in the Palisades Citizens’ Association 4th of July Parade, entering a float and providing parking for the event.

Our mutually beneficial relationship with the community stems from constant outreach. We host quarterly public meetings to hear about our neighbors’ interests and concerns. Through our Office of Community Relations, we make sure we respond to neighbors’ comments, inquiries and emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Events

From coffeehouses to “Wacky Wednesdays,” the George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus has something for everyone, students and neighbors alike. Our monthly e-newsletter alerts the community to special cultural events and several celebrations that take place every year.

Octoberfest – Held every fall during Colonials Weekend, this family event features music, pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, games, seasonal desserts, contests and more.

Films on the Vern – GW’s free summer film series takes place every Wednesday night on the Mount Vernon Campus quad or, when it rains, in the Eckles Library Auditorium.

Free Yoga Class – Spring is time for free yoga for all—regardless of ability—sponsored by GW’s Campus Recreation Department. Weekly classes are held in the Hand Chapel on Foxhall Road.