The Office of Community Engagement (OCE)

Community Engagement is defined as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching). At GW Nursing, we take our engagement in the community to heart, and the Office of Community Engagement supports a multitude of efforts that enrich student scholarship, research, and creative activity while partnering with our community. Our partnerships enhance our curriculum, teaching and learning experiences and help GW Nursing prepare educated, engaged nurses who contribute to the health of the diverse communities they serve.

At GW Nursing, the Office of Clinical Practice & Community Engagement was created to serve as a central resource for community engagement partnerships and activities. Dr. Karen Drenkard is serving as the inaugural Associate Dean for Clinical Practice and Community Engagement and is leading the strategic efforts to improve our community involvement, both in clinical practice and volunteer opportunities for faculty, staff and students. The Office includes GW Nursing's interprofessional Center for Aging, Health and Humanities; the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement; Global initiatives; and Community Engagement Initiatives. Our school has a multitude of local, regional and international partners, including community service organizations and volunteer groups. Learn more about our partners here or contact Ms. Sydnae Law, the Director of Community Engagement and Partnership Operations.

The GW Nursing Office of Clinical Practice & Community Engagement aspires to be the central resource for GW Nursing faculty, staff and community partners in providing mutually beneficial student service-learning opportunities; faculty development opportunities; and research endeavors to improve the health of communities.


Meet Our Staff

Karen Drenkard

Karen Drenkard

Associate Dean for Practice & Community Engagement

Sydnae Law headshot

Sydnae Law

Director of Community Engagement & Partnership Operations

Photo of Blair Johnson

Blair Johnson

Director of Ventures, Initiatives and Partnerships