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Question #1 Which showcase presentation was most impactful to you and why? (Be sure to upload a picture)
My favorite showcase presentation was the one on the National Wildlife Association where I learned more about what the organization does and how the GW student is helping them. In the presentation, the student that I talked to worked with this organization to help try to broaden their targeted age group from older individuals to college students. Through social media and interesting posts, the student proposed a plan to engage college students in the organization's values. I think this was really important because it will expose more college students to the importance of the environment.
Question #2 Which of the six sessions did you attend from 2:30-3:30? In your session, what was something new your learned about community engaged scholarship?
Something that I found really interesting in my session was the Last Call student created organization. Last Call partners with restaurants like Founding Farmers to provide lower cost meals to students when restaurants have extra product going to waste. I think it was really cool how they tackled the problems of food waste and food insecurity which are big issues especially on the GW campus and in DC. I think this innovative idea will help the environment while also helping students in need.
Question #1 Which showcase presentation was most impactful to you and why?
The showcase presentation that was most impactful to me was the presentation on current SA president Ashley Le and her struggles as an immigrant growing up in the U.S. I relate to her when it comes to growing up and being different from the people around you because I was raised in an Armenian household and was surrounded by other Armenians, so when I got out of that environment, I had to adjust and recognize that my culture and my way of thinking differed from the people around me. I had to learn and adjust and Ashley Le had to do just that. She now has done a lot of great things as SA president.
Question #2 Which of the six sessions did you attend from 2:30-3:30? In your session, what was something new your learned about community engaged scholarship?
I attended the Last Call and Community Engaged Consulting panel. I learned about Last Call's initiative, which is to restrict food waste, while also providing more affordable food options for students and other people. They mentioned how 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted and Last Call helps limit that. They have restaurants, such as Founding Farmers, on the Last Call mission where you have an exact time slot to go grab your food.
My favorite part during my duration at the symposium was the showcase in the Ballroom where I learned about the amazing work Chloe King and Dylan Tally have done over the past couple of years starting Last Call and CEC. I found it amazing how integral you could make civil engagement in everyday work, as opposed to something done on the side. I was very impressed with the two companies' growth despite them being only a couple years in its development. The amount of dedication exhibited by Dylan and Chloe towards community improvement is inspiring and left me in awe. The panel discussion brought up a good point I had never considered before -- some businesses do not engage with the community as much as their respective counterparts, which is something very important to me.
I also listened to Hannah talk about her time with A Wider Circle, a nonprofit that works to combat poverty and the issues that arise with it. Hannah hasn't volunteered there long, but she's found the work to be very impact full and intends on returning next semester. One of her favorite workshops she helped with was resume improvement. This piqued my interest as resume workshops are not readily available to older generations without the proper resources to take advantage of them.I admire what a Wider Circle is doing and I truly hope they can achieve their goal.
Question #1: which showcase presentation was most impactful to you and why?

I believe that the wildlife federation was the most impactful to me. It consisted of two students that volunteered for an NGO whose purposr is to conserve endangered wildlife species and their natural habitats. The students' impact was geared around making the NGO's website more appealing to different demographics in order to increase the target audinence and increase donations. By hearing about their work, I was inspired to do something myself that I believed would pose a challenge to me and would make a larger impact on my community.
Question #2: Which of the 6 sessions did you attend from 2:30-3:30, in your session what was something new you learned about community engaged scholarship?
I was able to attend the "Working with Differences to Build Relationships" seminar whcich discussed the value of interpersonal relationships and working with others, especially when in a diverse group. This is valuable to Community Engagement because in every community there is bound to be different people who hold different values and have different experiences. To be able to connect with someone and empathize/work well with them regardless of their diverse experiences is one of the qualities of a good leader and allows one to be well-equipped to give back to the community.
I attended the laptop presentation on their outreach to the National Wildlife Federation. This outreach was impactful specifically since it is about finding ways to connect with the younger generation to help protect the environment and wildlife. They noted how their website is structured and the different ways they work to connect their mission with other people. This was meaningful to me because I do live in a state park where wildlife is a huge draw to many people and it does need to be protected, and knowing that this organization is one that helps keep my home protected and preserve the environment.
I attended the panel with Last Call and Community Engagement Consulting. I greatly enjoy hearing more about Last Call after learning about them at the new venture competition and hearing more about CEC and what they do and how they got their startups to where they are now.
Question #1
The showcase presentation that I felt like was the most impactful to me was the one on collecting compost and reusing it to benefit the environment. They specified that they had collected over a ton of compost which is a staggering amount in my mind. That large number stuck with me because I volunteered at FoodPrints at School Without Walls at Francis Stevens. Their focus was on educating students about food sustainability and healthy habits.

Question #2
I attended the session on the last call initiative and community engaged consulting. One thing new that I learned about was that 40% of food is wasted. I always knew that food waste was an issue but I never thought that it would have been to this extent. Volunteering at FoodPrints and attending this session has really opened my eyes as to how much food waste and food security is an issue.
Question #1: which showcase presentation was most impactful to you and why?
The showcase presentation I found the most impactful to me is about GWU Sustainability and Composting. Due to my personal experience and background, i did not get a chance to learn deeply about anything of sustainability and composting the garbage. Through this presentation, I have learnt that there are actually a group of people in our campus, collecting and weighing compostable materials, and those materials are also clearly categorized in order to make the next steps of composting easier.

Question #2: Which of the 6 sessions did you attend from 2:30-3:30, in your session what was something new you learned about community engaged scholarship?
I attended the session of leaders of Last Call and Community Engaged Consulting, which addressed the issues that we are currently have, and stated that there are approximately 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted, which definitely set an alarm to everyone.
Question #1: which showcase presentation was most impactful to you and why?
I think the one about the wildlife federation was the most impactful to me. Two students volunteered for an NGO that seeks to conserve endangered species and protect their habitats. The students redesigned their entire website, improving it dramatically as well as reconstructed the way the NGO approached attracting donations. These two changes made a big difference for the NGO and showed me how even as students we can leave big changes and great impacts on these organizations and communities.

Question #2: Which of the 6 sessions did you attend from 2:30-3:30, in your session what was something new you learned about community engaged scholarship?
I attended the “Working with Differences to Build Relationships” session in room 302. Something valuable that i learned and was emphasized was the importance of being able to work well within a team of vastly differently people in order to achieve one common goal. This is an essential aspect of community engagement.
Question#1 Which showcase presentation was most impactful to you and why?
The showcase that was most impactful to me is about food insecurity in DC. This presentation is similar to my community engagement. Both of them focused on food insecurity. However, my community engagement is mainly tried to educate students about food insecurity. But the presentation focused on the food insecurity in the DC community.
Question #2 Which of the six session did you attend from 2:30-3:30? In your session, what was something new your learned about community engaged scholarship?
I attend the Beyond Service - Social Change as Good Business. During the presentation, the speechers address the importance of social responsibility. They addressed that as people in business, we should learn to think protecting the customers is a way of getting more customers instead. Also, community engagement teaches us a lot, and we should think is as a way to grow and get more experience within the community. Furthermore, we should view community engagement as opportunities to grow and get more connection with people, but not a wasting time thing.
The showcase presentation that I think was most impactful to me is the one about food insecurity in District of Columbia. They compared the amount of grocery stores in Foggy Bottom and Ward 7. Not like there are many stores in Foggy Bottom, there are only 2 stores in Ward 7 where there are more than 80,000 residents. It was impactful to me is because I was surprised at that huge differences between the grocery stores in different areas in DC. I learned that there are many organizations in DC that helps with the food insecurities. For example, Martha’s Table is an NGO with a goal to support the community by increasing the access to the healthy food and family supports.

From 2:30-3:30, the session I attended is Beyond Service - Social Change as Good Business. The topic is on the food waste. The problem they are addressing now is that 40% food in USA is now wasted. Donation could be one of the solutions to the food waste. However, when it comes to donation, it is very difficult for business to do. One of the speaker helped solve this issue and she told us that there are 643 million meal wasted and 4 million Americans are hungry now. Founding Famers are one of the restaurant working on food wastes. They are helping the restaurant to reduce their food waste and also increase their revenue based on food wastes elimination.