Stories of Impact

Read stories from Columbian College of Arts & Sciences featuring some of our standout alumni, generous donors and others who have made a difference in the CCAS community.
 

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Mercy Mission: Alumnus Connects West Africa to Health Care

Nasser Diallo, BA ’18, founded Clinic+O to improve health care access for millions in his native Guinea and across West Africa.

Washington on stage being interviewed by Tony Goldwyn, her longtime friend and former co-star on ABC's 'Scandal,'

Kerry Washington's Inspiring Return to GW: A Master Class, a Book Launch and a Revolutionary Revelation

The actor and alumna hosted an intimate discussion with theatre students at CCAS' Corcoran School before her sold-out book tour event at Lisner Auditorium.

2023-24 Terker Fellows Mindy Finn and Jonathan Karl

New SMPA Terker Fellows to Bring Experience and Share Knowledge with Students

As fellows, award-winning journalist Jonathan Karl and CEO of Citizen Data Mindy Finn will contribute their expertise to class discussions and events at SMPA.

A chamber ensemble in Professor Ning Yu’s class performs Michael Beil’s Deep Blue (2022) at Corcoran’s NEXT Festival 2023.

GW’s Corcoran School and the National Gallery of Art Collaborate on New Home for Emerging Art and Education

The new initiative is the first major programmatic partnership between the National Gallery and a university to provide immersive learning opportunities for students.

Program Coordinator Nico MacDougall (second from right) with Harlan scholars (from left) Cole Christensen, Valerie Chen, Zoe Ilgenfritz, Martina Tsimba, Maggie Connolly and Margarita Kyza-Karavioti  at the Botanic Gardens. Not shown is Harlan scholar Kiana Kamrava.

Summer School: Bio Students Thrive in Harlan Fellowship

A cohort of biology students spent their summer in the lab and the field thanks to a CCAS program that supports undergraduate research opportunities.

Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, spoke with students from the Caminos al Futuro on the terrace of the City View Room overlooking the Washington Monument.

Latino Students Shine in College Prep Program

Caminos al Futuro welcomed high-achieving high school students to campus this summer for a unique educational experience.

Ryan Patterson taking a photo of an airplane as it takes off

Flying High: Alumnus Soars with Airplane Pics

Organizational sciences alum Ryan Patterson, BA ’22, MS ’23, is a star aviation photographer. His unique views of planes have taken off around the world.

Alumnus John Sullivan (left) with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck (right).

Alumnus’ $1.5 Million Endowment to Support Math Department

A $1.5 million bequest commitment by alumnus John Dixon Sullivan, BS ’76, MS ’83, will aid faculty, research and scholarly work in the Mathematics Department.

Conference panelists included (from left) former Washington Post correspondents Peter Osnos and Keith Richburg, Columbia University historian Lien-Hang Nguyen and former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Raymond Burghardt.

Lessons from Vietnam: Why the War Still Resonates Today

In a CCAS-sponsored event, historians, cultural experts and political and military leaders reflected on the Vietnam War’s global influence 50 years later.

Jarva Weiss, a white woman with medium length silver hair, sits on a white Adirondack chair. There is a lake and a smattering of trees behind her. On the right is her husband, Daniel Weiss. He has short, dark hair with silver in it as well. The couple are holding hands.

Giving Back: For Alumna, Scholarships Spark Opportunities

A scholarship helped alumna Sandra Jarva Weiss, BA ’80, JD ’83, meet her husband and make only-at-GW memories. Now she’s helping students write their own stories.