Senior Yannik Omictin and junior Andrea Martinez are members of the GW City Research Initiative Steering Committee.
On GW’s web site, an enormous cursive textual content exclaims that college students “won’t solely get an training in DC, however in DC”
However which DC?
We brag about congressional internships and scholarships in main assume tanks. We go to the embassies with our lessons. Professors who work in authorities businesses and analysis facilities train our programs. All of them characterize what most individuals exterior of our area may name, generally derisively, “Washington.” Marsh.
However do we’ve got to interact rapidly gentrifying DC? Can we study from former Mayor Marion Barry and the legends who fought for dwelling dominance? What about predominantly black tenants and households combating for his or her rights to return to their properties in Brookland Manor, Barry Farms and Park Morton? And do folks of coloration undergo from preventable ailments and meals deserts disproportionately?
What does GW do with the scholars who need to be in group with the true DC, the one who stays when Hill workers return dwelling to the suburbs? These college students might take the DC course taught within the departments of historical past and American research, whereas many will fulfill their curiosity elsewhere. Some might get entangled in group organizations that combat to construct cycle paths or protect social housing, often with out the help of GW. Some might switch from GW if they can’t discover what they’re searching for. One of many authors of this editorial strongly thought-about doing so.
What we lack at GW isn’t just the DC research. It’s the research of cities, of the processes that power their evolution and adaptation, of the folks and communities who dedicate their lives to constructing them. GW, the biggest college in one of many nation’s largest metropolitan areas, doesn’t have an undergraduate city research program.
At present, to obtain any sort of undergraduate city research expertise at GW, a scholar should rigorously select the best mixture of majors and minors to allow them to take the best variety of city research programs. A significant or minor geography may permit them to trace land use and concrete transportation, whereas a historical past program may permit them to trace the city historical past of the USA. The programs on cities or adjoining to city research are scattered over greater than a dozen departments, with varied conditions. There is no such thing as a climactic expertise, no risk of scholarships engaged locally, leaving college students to carve out their very own alternatives with minimal help.
We’ve got an unimaginable alternative to resolve this drawback by now making a minor in City Research, becoming a member of seven of our peer faculties which might be already internet hosting an undergraduate city research program. The GW City Research Initiative is working with a bunch of college from totally different disciplines to give you the minor, however we want your voice to persuade the Columbian Faculty of Arts and Sciences that GW is prepared for a minor in City Research.
Vote sure within the SA elections this Tuesday and Wednesday for a minor in city research!