Community Outreach

At GW, We Value Brilliant Ideas and Community-Mindedness


GW’s impact on quality of life in Virginia goes well beyond economic metrics. Each year, our students, faculty and staff make up an integral part of local community engagement and leadership throughout the Commonwealth. By engaging the university's neighbors and the surrounding community, we actively work for the common good.

In addition, GW’s community partnerships span a wide range of activities, including special educational programs, art exhibits, maintaining a grants database, and mutually beneficial relationships with a number of other organizations. Here are just a few recent examples of how GW remains a good community partner:

Nursing Students in Simulation

School of Nursing

Students at the GW school of Nursing, headquartered in Ashburn, devoted 28,026 volunteer hours (approximately 45 hours/student) to neighboring communities. Since 2012, the number of volunteer hours has grown each year at a rate of nearly 4,000 hours.

Lecture Hall

VSTC Dean’s Speaker Series

Each year, more than 6,000 visitors come to the VSTC campus for lectures, art exhibitions and special activities. For the annual Dean’s Speaker Series, leaders and experts join the community for an evening to facilitate discussions on the challenges and opportunities impacting a global society. Past speakers have discussed, among other topics, national security technology and policy, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

Students doing community service

GW’s Freshmen Day of Service

Every year, thousands of students, faculty and staff participate in GW’s Freshmen Day of Service to engage in various local community service projects. Recently, GW students have patched walls and painted at Shelter House in Falls Church, as well as interview and document the stories of veterans and family members of veterans living at Vinson Hall in Arlington for a Library of Congress history project.