September 2017 Newsletter

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On behalf of the Office of Student Support and Family Engagement (SSFE), we would like to extend a warm welcome to the families of the Class of 2021 and transfer students, and to welcome back our returning families.   We are off to a great start with the 2017-2018 academic year.  Although our focus will be on your student, it is our hope that you feel connected to the GW community by providing you with relevant resources, campus news, updates and deadlines- so that you can, in turn, provide the necessary guidance, advice and support for your student.  

Because you are an integral part of this transition, we would also like to provide you with the opportunity to get involved in the GW community through the GW Family Ambassador Program.  The next four years will bring a wealth of new experiences to your student, and will offer many ways for you to contribute to their educational experience.  Click here to view the focus areas for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

We look forward to partnering with you to enhance your families experience at GW!  Please do not hesitate to contact our office at 202-994-6710 or via email at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

Raise High!

Dr. Tracy Arwari
Director, Student Support and Family Engagement

Join the GW community on October 19th-22nd for a celebration of alumni, families, students, and friends!  A few higlighted events include the Colonials Weekend Kickoff Party, Colonials Madness, Taste of GW,  Dean's Receptions, Parents' Association Annual Meeting, Vern Harvest, and the Colonials Weekend Jazz Brunch, to name a few.  Click here to register for the weekend and to view the tentative schedule.   

Each semester the Office of Student Support and Family Engagement (SSFE) offers a series of Student Success Workshops that help students improve skills, learn about support resources on campus, and get to know tips and tricks for making each semester successful.  Encourage your student to attend the first workshop on September 13th from 7-8pm in Marvin Center 413/414 (Topic: Time Management, Prioritization, and Organization).    
Click here to view the flyer for the remaining Fall 2017 semester workshops.  

The Fall Career & Internship Fair is scheduled Wednesday, September 13th from 1-5pm at the Charles E. Smith Center.  The fair provides opportunities for GW students and alumni to meet with organizations from a variety of industries that may be recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship positions, and/or getting their brand out to the attention of GW students and alumni.  Students can RSVP thru their Handshake profile:
We know GW students are busy.  We also know that students can gain benefits from attending just a few short wellbeing workshops, so we created the Mental Health Discussion Series (MHDS).  The MHDS is a weekly, hour-long discussion, designed for students to collectively meet with a counselor and discuss various topics.  These discussions are free and no registration is required.  Click here for additional information.
Please note: The Colonial Health Center will offer flu shot clinics for $25 charged to student account or free for students with Aetna Student Health Insurance on:
Wednesday, September 13th from 11am-3pm (Gelman Library, Room 219)
Tuesday, September 19th from 11am-3pm (Colonial Health Center, Marvin Center Ground Floor)
Wednesday, September 27th from 11am-3pm (District House, B114)

We are very interested in your feedback regarding your August 2017 Move-In experience, as you moved your GW student into their residence hall. Please consider providing some feedback to us by clicking on this link, so that we can make improvements for future years. All responses are confidential and participants will remain anonymous. The survey should not take longer than 7 minutes. Please note that the survey will close on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact [email protected].
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, seeks to guarantee both a student’s right of access to records and the confidentiality of student information. Institutions may not disclose information contained in education records without the student’s written consent except under certain conditions. A student’s record may be released to parents only if one of the following conditions has been met: 1. Through the written consent of the student; or 2. By submission of evidence that the parents declared the student as a dependent on their most recent Federal Income Tax form, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Section 152.  

As a member of the GW community, we want you to stay informed about what is happening on campus that may impact your student.  GW utilizes different tools to communicate with families on the operating status of the university and emergency incident information that may impact the GW community.
  • Campus Advisories is maintained by Health & Emergency Management Services.  Campus Advisories is the university's primary website for communicating emergency preparedness and incident-related information to the GW community.  For more information, visit   
  • GW Alert is the university notification system that sends emergency alerts to email addresses, mobile devices (text messages), institutional IP desk and residential hall phones, social media and university website pages.  Have your student login to the GW Alert portal to include your contact information if you wish to receive GW Alerts.  For more information, visit the GW Alert FAQ's
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Office of Student Support and Family Engagement
Rice Hall, Suite 402
2121 Eye Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052 
Phone: (202) 994-6710
Email: [email protected]
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