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. Through the neighborhood’s FRIENDS group, which was formed in 2002 with little more than a vague goal of establishing a positive dialogue between the University and the community, we facilitate open communication and cooperation. Today FRIENDS has grown to over 400 participants who collaborate on the annual Foggy Bottom/West End Neighborhood Block Party and other community programs and events.
GW also sponsors a Neighborhood web site, designed from a neighbor’s perspective as an avenue for discovering our programs and services, notices of community events, updates on campus development and contacts for inquiries. And our Discover GW pocket guide lists dozens of resources for our Foggy Bottom/West End neighbors. These include library access, free technology, training and assistance and a course audit program. For more information on Community Relations, to receive Discover GW and to be added to the Friends listserv, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom/West End Campus is home to dozens of events that build community and forge friendships among students, faculty and our neighbors. For many annual celebrations, the planning is half the fun.
Annual Neighborhood Block Party – Every October, GW hosts a block party, planned together with our Foggy Bottom/West End neighbors. In past years, more than 3,000 guests and 120 vendors joined in, creating a festival of live entertainment, free food and services—such as health screenings offered by GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences students and staff.
Spring BBQ – GW launches barbeque season each May with an outdoor gathering of neighbors, city officials and GW students and staff. City council members serve as “celebrity grill masters,” serving up barbeque for more than 120 attendees. The barbeque also features “Winning Neighbor” awards given to students nominated by community members for helping them in some way throughout the academic year.
Senior Prom – This cross-cultural, multigenerational celebration has become a great GW tradition, gathering 250 senior citizens from across the district for dinner, dancing and entertainment. Led by more than 120 student volunteers, the prom is a collaboration by GW’s Office of Community Service and Office of Government, International and Community Relations office, D.C. agencies such as the Department of Aging and the Department of Parks and Recreation and members of the D.C. City Council.