Letters to the Editor

A call to serve

I take great pleasure in highlighting the unique role GW students, staff, faculty and alumni can and do play in service to local, national and international communities. We are among the nation’s leaders in transforming into action the spirit of service inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and our namesake.

GW is first among all mid-sized institutions in inspiring Peace Corps volunteers. This is but one example of the truly special work our alumni are doing both abroad and at home. I encourage each of you to consider what you can contribute to this legacy. I urge you to answer the call to serve and work to make a difference in the lives of others.

During the next few months, a number of events are taking place on campus through the GW Career Center’s affiliation with the Partnership for Public Service. The center can inform you about the many opportunities to get involved in local, state and federal government careers. The center will also offer the opportunity to search for careers in the independent sector at a special non-profit job fair. Information on all of these sessions is available through our Career Center Web site at gwired.gwu.edu/partnership.

As I make the transition from president to university professor of public service, I will continue to encourage all of our campus constituencies to infuse issues of civic engagement into their research, teaching and service, and to act wherever and whenever we have an opportunity to make a difference.

-Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, University President

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