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Fruits and vegetables

In Fall '19 Isabel Sperry and Nili Ezekiel in Professor Kelso’s Program Planning and Evaluation course conducted an evaluation of DC Central Kitchen’s “Healthy Corners Initiative.” This program seeks to provide access to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables in corner stores located in DC food deserts, and encourages healthy eating through education sessions, posters and cooking demonstrations. The students examined individuals' decisions to buy produce at these Healthy Corners placed in Sonya’s Market, Uptown Market, and Starlight stores. Sperry and Ezekiel found that children demonstrated a preference for healthy corner purchases and that while popular, preference for other snack foods and proximity to larger grocers impeded Healthy Corners purchases. To encourage more sales of these healthy items, Sperry and Ezekiel recommended that stores move the Healthy Corners section closer to the register and control more tightly produce quality.

 


HSSJ Students

 


Class Spotlight

Congratulations to Professor Kelso's HSSJ Senior Capstone Class!

The Learning by Giving Foundation (LxG) awarded the Capstone Class a third place prize of $1000 in their blog competition. Students wrote about their experiences partnering with LxG to award $8000 to a DC-based non-profit organization focusing on assisting immigrants.

Students from the Capstone Course


Read our 2018 Human Services & Social Justice Newsletter! And be sure to visit this page and our facebook news feed for department updates, events, scholarly activities, and new course descriptions.


Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates & Award Winners!

Honey W. Nashman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Field of Human Service & Social Justice: Rachel Naugle (BA, Human Services & Social Justice ’17) and Leah Cohen (BA, Human Services and Social Justice '17) 

Julian Clement Chase Prize Recipient: Victoria Rowe (BA, Human Services and Social Justice '17) for her research paper titled, "Seek First to Understand: Exploring the Implementation of Culturally Relevant Education in the District of Columbia.”

GW Research Day 2017 Award Winners and their projects: 

  • Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Prize (Day 1 & Day 2) Undergraduate Presenters 2nd Place: Charleene Smith"Black Reproductive Freedom: Contraceptive Counseling.”
  • Overall Research Day Prizes, Education, Business, and Organizational Studies: 1st: Victoria Rowe"Seek First to Understand: Exploring the Implementation of Culturally Relevant Education in the District of Columbia."
  • Media and Cultural Studies: 2nd: Sara Policastro“Market Manager Relationships Around Financial Incentive Programs at D.C. Farmers' Markets."

Special Prizes

  • Nashman Prize 1st Place: Sara Policastro"Market Manager Relationships Around Financial Incentive Programs at D.C. Farmers' Markets."
  • 2nd Place: Charleene Smith"Black Reproductive Freedom: Contraceptive Counseling."
  • Diversity and Inclusion Prize: 2nd place: Theresa Cal"Unwanted Sexual Contact and the Implicit Objectification of Women"

Congratulations to the Honey W. Nashman Outstanding Seniors!

  • 2019: Helen Palatianos (not pictured)
  • 2018: Julia Resnik (pictured below)

 

Award Winner Julia Resnik

Andi Israel

Human Services Research

Human Services major Andi Israel has been developing a manual and curriculum for a new life skills program at Miriam’s Kitchen, enabling her to apply techniques and skills learned in the classroom. “Service-learning opportunities are made possible by GW's location and connections to myriad community-based organizations. I could not have found this program or this accessibility in many other schools” she says.