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Ambassador John Loeb

$12.5 Million Gift Boosts Religious Freedom

A transformational $12.5 million gift from Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. will enable the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at GW to build on its work as a hub for the study and advancement of religious freedom.

Learning & Discovery

TSPPPA student Omar Negron-Ocasio (right) has launched a business to help improve access to clean water in his native Puerto Rico. Here he demonstrates a water quality test for a community leader in Corozal

Solving Puerto Rico’s Water Crisis

Through Hurricane Maria and COVID, Puerto Rico’s tragedies have been compounded by widespread lack of access to clean water. TSPPPA student Omar Negron-Ocasio (right) has a business plan to change that.

Alumni Spotlight

Firooz Zahedi, BFA ’76, (left at camera) photographing Jennifer Lopez (Photos courtesy Firooz Zahedi)

Alumnus Photographer Snaps the Stars

From Streep to Streisand, photographer Firooz Zahedi, BFA ’76, (left, shooting Jennifer Lopez) is renowned for his portraits of the world’s most glamorous celebrities. In a new book, he reflects on making Hollywood’s lights shine.


CCAS Graduate Virtual Open House



Graduate Virtual Open House: Oct. 19 - 23

Registration is open for the 2020 Graduate Virtual Open House! This unique five-day event includes program-specific information sessions, as well as chats and webinars with faculty, current graduate students and admissions staff.

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Columbian College's annual magazine—delivered for the first time in an all-digital format—showcases stories of alumni, faculty and students who are making an impact in the classroom, in the lab and in their communities.


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  • Alexandria Cannon, BA '20 History a young black woman with curly hair in a black shirt

    Alexandria Cannon

    “Most history classes, you are in a discussion room talking about it, but with George Washington and his World, we get to take the class on his estate and relive through what he did.”

    Alexandria Cannon 
    BA '20

  • George Sangiolo BS '18 a young man wearing a gray t-shirt

    George Sangiolo

    "The student body comes from very different backgrounds , and you can always find someone studying something you know nothing about.“

    George Sangiolo 
    BS '18

  • Sarah Wagner, Associate Professor of Anthropology, a women with shoulder length hair wearing a tan jacket

    Sarah Wagner

    "As anthropologists, we go into communities and spend time trying to understand lived experiences. We tell people's stories. And we have an obligation to do it right"

    Sarah Wagner
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

  • Zachary Brown PhD 2027 a white man wearing a black t-shirt

    Zachary Brown

    "I chose GW because of the amazing faculty members in the department. I chose American Studies because of the relative amount of freedom the discipline provides in research."

    Zachary Brown
    PhD '27
    American Studies 

  • Debbie Wheeler, MS '84, a blonde women in a white button down shirt with a black sweater

    Debbie Wheeler

    "That degree has helped me in my entire career and I am still working with the same people I went to college with many years ago. I recommend this college to anyone"

    Debbie Wheeler
    MS '84
    Telecommunications Operations


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