1776 and Georgetown University Announce Partnership

1776, a startup incubator and venture fund in downtown Washington, D.C., and Georgetown University announced that they will partner to provide students with educational opportunities for direct engagement with D.C.’s unique entrepreneurial ecosystem. The partnership is spearheaded by the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, in concert with Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, Law Center, School of Continuing Studies, and the Office of Community Engagement.

Through the partnership, Georgetown students, faculty, and staff will have access to dedicated space at the 1776 campus and can connect with the robust community of startup activity located there, including mentorship, corporate connections, media attention, and access to educational classes and events featuring the District’s burgeoning startup community. Campus organizations such as the Law Center’s Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic will expand their D.C. community network by participating in programming at 1776.

“1776 provides Georgetown students with an incomparable opportunity to interact with innovators in our community. I look forward to seeing student ideas come to fruition with the mentorship and guidance of 1776’s vast network of entrepreneurs,” said Kelly Otter, dean of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

“Georgetown is an incredible university, and we’re thrilled to support their initiatives to foster student entrepreneurship across the entire institution,” said Donna Harris, cofounder of 1776. “The more that students can get into the startup ecosystem and get hands on with startups, the more we can build a strong pipeline of entrepreneurs for tomorrow.”

The 1776 partnership builds on Georgetown’s existing resources for entrepreneurs, such as Startup Weekend, which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, and the Entrepreneurs in Residence Program.

“1776 provides Georgetown students and faculty with valuable connections to the real world of entrepreneurship, both locally in D.C. and globally with their worldwide startup network,” said Jeff Reid, founding director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative. “This partnership will benefit the entire Georgetown community as we continue to promote entrepreneurship across the various schools and units on campus.”

Learn more about entrepreneurship at Georgetown by visiting the StartupHoyas webpage.

About 1776

1776 is a global incubator and seed fund that finds promising startups focused on solving the world’s most fundamental challenges and helps engineer their success. 1776 focuses on startups in the most broken, entrenched industries and sectors that impact millions of lives every day – specifically education, energy, health and cities.

Because solving big challenges in entrenched industries requires a different approach, 1776 is revolutionizing the startup landscape. From its hub in Washington, D.C., it is sparking a global movement of “problem-solving’ startups through its Challenge Cup and Startup Federation, the premiere network of incubators throughout the world.

1776 was founded in February 2013 by Donna Harris, a serial entrepreneur and the former Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership, and Evan Burfield, founder of netDecide, a provider of enterprise wealth management solutions, and the consulting firm Synteractive.

About the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, led by founding director Jeff Reid, inspires Georgetown University students to be entrepreneurial, teaches them the entrepreneurial lessons learned by others before them, connects them to useful resources, and helps them pursue their own unique entrepreneurial interests. The initiative manages an array of courses and extracurricular programs to serve the Georgetown University entrepreneurial community, both within and outside of the McDonough School of Business, and fosters stronger connections to the vibrant Washington, D.C., entrepreneurial community and the Georgetown Alumni Association. Signature programs include the StartupHoyas Challenge Business Pitch Competition, the StartupHoyas Incubator, the McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurial Fellowship, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Faculty Exchange, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and events such as Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day, the Venture Capital Investment Competition and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Learn more at www.startuphoyas.com.

Crossposted from the McDonough School of Business website

Teaching Institute Helps Prevent Summer Learning Loss

For 5 weeks this summer Georgetown students helped prevent summer learning loss for DCPS students through the Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL), a program the Center for Social Justice has run since 2010.

The students-turned-teaching received 3 weeks of intensive training and then taught afternoon classes for 5 weeks at Thomas Elementary School in Ward 7. The institute provides students at Thomas elementary with a safe environment to help them retain knowledge during the summer break.

In addition to afternoon classes, students visited Georgetown’s campus, went on field trips in DC, and learned about higher education. The summer educators ran the program under the guidance of experienced mentor teachers and with support from CSJ staff.

“The most rewarding things, I think, have been the relationships that I’ve made with my students,” says Dan Silkman, a Georgetown senior and a summer educator with SITL.

Video by Kuna Hamad, Georgetown College

Community-Based Work Helps Lombardi Cancer Center Earn NCI Recognition

Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center earned an endorsement from the National Cancer Institute, due in large part to its commitment to community-based research and engagement.

“It is a powerful endorsement – an external validation – that the work we have done and continue to do is having high impact – both locally and globally,” says Dr. Louis M. Weiner, Georgetown Lombardi director and GUMC professor of oncology.

Georgetown Lombardi is the only NCI-designated facility in the District and one of only 41 such facilities in the country. (Other regional facilities are in Baltimore, Richmond, and Charlottesville). The Lombardi Center operates two community-based clinics in DC, the Capital Breast Care Center in Ward 6 and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in Ward 7.

The NCI particularly lauded the center’s work to reduce health disparities in the District. DC has some of the highest cancer disparity rates in the country, particularly among African-Americans, and Wards 7 and 8 have the highest cancer rates in the city.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2008 African Americans in DC were more likely to be diagnosed with all cancers and more likely to receive a diagnosis after the cancer had spread, compared to all other ethnic groups. Evidence shows that lifestyle factors including tobacco use, poor nutrition, being overweight, and lack of physical activity are related to cancer deaths.

The center focuses on center prevention and control, including early cancer detection and lifestyle changes; breast cancer; experimental therapeutics; and molecular oncology. Current community-based research includes exercise inventions to reduce cancer; exergaming (exercise and gaming) and African-American women’s health; and exercising to help quit smoking and prevent weight gain.

The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and its community-based programs are a key part of the university’s Health Disparities Initiative, which seeks to identify, reduce, and ultimately eliminate disparities in health and health care locally and globally.

“Georgetown Lombardi is an incredible asset for patients in our region because of the top-tier cancer research and unparalleled care it provides,” says Dr. Howard J. Federoff, GUMC’s executive vice president for health sciences. “The NCI designation of ‘comprehensive cancer center’ reaffirms the high quality and impactful work conducted by a cadre of dedicated cancer researchers here at Georgetown.”

Students, Faculty, Staff Begin Fall Semester with Day of Service

SCS Day of Service Fall 2014

On Saturday, August 23, students, faculty and staff from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) began the Fall 2014 Semester with a day of service in downtown Washington, D.C.

SCS holds service days in the fall and spring semesters. This fall, the School visited the Asian & Pacific Islander Senior Service Center, Central Union Mission and local schools. In the spring, SCS will once again join together with the entire Georgetown University to participate in MLK Day of Service.

“I enjoyed meeting our students while reaffirming our commitment to our downtown Washington, D.C. community,” said SCS Dean Kelly Otter, who helped with housekeeping projects at Central Union Mission, a homeless shelter. “I cannot think of a better way to introduce new members of our community to the Georgetown values.”

“The Fall Semester Day of Service was a great opportunity to explore the meaning of Georgetown University’s Jesuit values while connecting students, faculty and staff from various graduate programs,” said Ricardo Preciado, incoming student in the Master’s in Technology Management program. Preciado participated in a project to prepare classrooms at Charles Hart Middle School in Southeast Washington, D.C. for the upcoming school year. Volunteers cleaned and decorated classrooms so that incoming students may focus on academics.

Volunteers at Central Union Mission assisted with housekeeping, making beds, sorting donations and other tasks. The Mission features an overnight guest program for the homeless in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and distributes food and other household items to low-income families at no cost.

Glenn Williamson, visiting assistant professor of real estate, painted restrooms, repaired ceiling paneling and cleaned the Asian & Pacific Islander Senior Service Center. “I enjoyed teaming up to figure out how to jigsaw new ceiling tiles to fit around old pipes,” Williamson commented. “This was a good opportunity to meet other faculty and students and also to do something useful for the Chinatown community around our campus.”

Located three blocks from the School of Continuing Studies, the Center provides seniors in the Chinatown neighborhood with free meals, literacy classes and translation services.

“I wanted to learn more about Georgetown’s community work and also about the public school system in Washington, D.C.,” explained Preciado, who is originally from Panama. “Kids back home [in Panama] deserve studying environments like the ones we beautified…I was inspired to improve schools and education back home in the near future.”

SCS seeks to foster a culture of community engagement that spans beyond the classroom. Consistent with Georgetown University’s mission to educate men and women for others, SCS is an active partner to neighborhood organizations and encourages students to pursue pro bono consulting and internship opportunities. During the spring of 2014, SCS students performed pro bono services for Capital Breast Care Center, Cause: Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services, Latin American Youth Center and United Through Reading, among other organizations

As the fall semester commences, SCS plans to once again participate in holiday food, toy and book drives for three organizations: So Others Might Eat, an interfaith, community-based organization that assists the poor and homeless of Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots, a program that collects and distributes toys to less fortunate children across the country; and Georgetown’s Angel Book Drive, an annual book drive that brings the gift of reading to children and young adults in the Washington area who have limited access to books.

“I look forward to expanding SCS’s impact in the downtown D.C. community,” remarked Dean Otter. “As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we have an imperative to pair intellectual rigor with a spirit of service.”

This post is reposted from the School of Continuing Studies website.

DC Residents Teach and Learn about Life in the District

On Saturday, September 6th Gallaudet University is hosting the Day of Learning, a daylong event that features over 30 known and unknown local experts leading workshops, classes, and lessons about DC-specific skills and knowledge. At the Day of Learning, DC residents can teach and learn from one another about the city in which they live.

Two Georgetown professors and a Ph.D. student are among the 36 teachers at the Day of Learning. History professor Maurice Jackson will teach about African-Americans in DC. Sociology professor Brian McCabe will lead a session on homeownership, wealth, and community. Linguistics Ph.D. student Minnie Annan will discuss her research on the dialect of DC.

Last year Professor Jackson was named the inaugural chair of the Commission on African American Affairs. He is an expert on African-American history in the District and the history of jazz in DC. Professor McCabe teaches a course on Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Inequality in DC and researches the structures that contribute to social inequality in cities. Minnie Annan’s research on the DC dialect has been featured in the Washington Post.

Other speakers will cover topics like media, art, culture, food and drinks, history, storytelling, community, justice and more. Event details are below:

Where: I. King Jordan Student Academic Center, Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave NE; Red Line – Noma/Gallaudet)

When: Saturday, September 6th 11am-6pm

Tickets: $15 (general); $10 (students); $25 (general and donated ticket). Register for tickets in advance.