Plus, Corcoran Names New Director, the Dean's Message of Gratitude and More
Plus, Corcoran Names New Director, the Dean's Message of Gratitude and More
Columbian College

April 2021

Dean Wahlbeck video
In a video message, Dean Paul Wahlbeck thanks the Columbian College community for their patience, adaptability, resilience, generosity and guidance in the face of enormous challenge. 
Melani McAlister
American Studies’ Melani McAlister and a team of students are collecting interviews with the GW community to create a historical archive of pandemic experiences.
Students working during mapathon
GW’s YouthMappers are leading new national initiatives to train students around the world in  Geographic Information Systems technology and expand opportunities for women in the geospatial community.
Elizabeth Acevedo

GW Taught Elizabeth Acevedo to 'Carve Out Space'

National Book Award-winning author and poet Elizabeth Acevedo, BA ’10, joined fellow GW alumni for a virtual conversation on her writing, her influences and her life.
A $1.9 million bequest from the Estate of Donald W. Clark and Annette M. Clark, AA ’60, MA ’66, led the $12 million in total gifts received since the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1 to support scholarships for current and future GW students.
Lauren Onkey
Longtime educator, scholar, producer and museum professional Lauren Onkey will serve as the next director of Columbian College’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
Michael Regan and Frank Sesno
EPA Director Michael Regan, MPA ’04, (above right with SMPA's Frank Sesno) and NBC News’ Al Roker were among the speakers at the 2021 Planet Forward Virtual Summit, which focused on  climate change and environmental equity.
Peter Berkowitz
U.S. State Department analyst Peter Berkowitz (above) discussed the legacy of America’s response to the Holocaust during a virtual forum hosted by the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom.
The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration was ranked 19th overall among graduate programs for public affairs in the latest report by U.S. News and World Report of top programs in the country.


The University Writing Program announced this year’s recipients of the Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Teaching Awards: Distinguished Teaching Award: Shelley Brundage (Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences); Best Assignment Design Award: Melissa Keeley (Geography); Distinguished Graduate Student Award: Kelsie Pos (Biological Sciences).
Christopher Brick (History) was named the co-host of Intervals, a history podcast produced by the Organization of American Historians. He also received a $160,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.
David Costanza (Psychology, Organizational Sciences) received the 2021 Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Claritza Jimenez, BA ’05, (Political Communication) soft-launched, a content platform that highlights stock photos and stock footage depicting people of color. 
Jeremy Weissman, MA ’10, (Public Policy) authored the book The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media.

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