Community Engagement

Community engagement, also known as service-learning, is a core component of the Human Services & Social Justice Program. It is incorporated into nearly every course in order to provide students with hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills they gain through class discussions and readings to a practical setting.

Students typically serve off campus for a minimum of 20 hours a week. Students may be required to travel to off campus sites, usually by metro or bus, with the cost over a semester comparable to a textbook. This allows students to connect with the expansive network of non-profits and public agencies strengthening Washington, D.C. communities.

The HSSJ program often partners with the Honey W. Nashman Center. To view information on college-wide service learning opportunities please visit the Nashman Center Webpage. You can also find a list of service-learning courses at https://serve.gwu.edu/community-engaged-scholarship-courses.

Students partner with many different organizations. Some of the past organizations our students have served at are:                                     

  • 4-H Housing Opportunities Unlimited
  • 826 DC
  • Angel Child Care
  • Bo Rim Sa
  • Boys and Girls Club of America at Jellef recreation Center
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Capital Canines
  • College for Every Student at Francis Stevens
  • Community of Hope Art Class
  • Daybreak Ministries
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • DC Greens
  • DC Reads (GWU)
  • DC Scores
  • Embassy Adoption Program at McKinley Tech Middle School
  • Field of Dreams
  • Foggy Bottom Food Pantry
  • Foggy Bottom West End Village
  • For Love of Children
  • Girls on the Run DC
  • Global Orphan Project
  • Green Door
  • Groundwork Anacostia River DC
  • GW Jumpstart
  • Health Leads DC
  • Higher Achievement
  • Homeless Children's Playtime Project
  • Horton’s Kids
  • Kidpower
  • Latino Student Fund
  • Life Pieces To Masterpieces
  • LIFT-DC
  • Little Friends for Peace
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Martha's Table
  • Mil Mujeres
  • Miriam's Kitchen
  • N Street Village
  • Playworks
  • Project Create
  • Safe Shores
  • School Without Walls and Francis Stevens
  • Serve Your City
  • Service Place
  • St Mary's Court
  • Street Sense
  • The Grassroots Project
  • Thrive DC
  • Transitional Housing Corporation (THC)
  • We Are Family
  • Young Playwrites' Theatre
Student Research

Student Research

Human Services student, Mario, conducted research to answer the following question: How do learning styles affect the academic and social achievement of minority middle school boys? He found that factors affecting learning styles include finances, neighborhood, family structure, lack of knowledge on ones' learning style, and expectations of different cultures.