Image of the Tempietto in Kogan Plaza during cherry blossom season

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. 


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.

Contact the Office of Government and Community Relations

2121 Eye St, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20052
Office: (202) 994-9132
Fax: (202) 994-3622

Renee McPhatter
Assistant Vice President

Dr. Bernard Demczuk
Assistant Vice President for District Relations

Askia Suruma
Director of Federal and International Relations

David Baker
Director of Virginia Relations

Britany Waddell
Director of Community Relations

Richard Livingstone
Assistant Director of Community Relations

Iana Clarence
Administrative Assistant