A Warm Welcome to Alumni and Friends of the Program

Fall Training Happy Hour
September 14, 2018

Dear Alumni and Friends of the Presidential Fellowship,

School is back in session! We are pleased to extend an invitation to engage with the Fellowship in a variety of ways. 

Recruitment & Selection Round 1 Review:

The recruitment and selection process is set to begin in earnest, with the first information session slated for Monday, September 17, 2018. Each year, this process includes three rounds of rigorous review, including an interview for the candidates who reach the final round. To holistically assess applicants, current Fellows, our Advising Team, university administrators, and Presidential Fellowship alumni join in on the conversation with these potential candidates. As a result, this entire process would not be possible without the contributions and insight of these friends of the program. We are now inviting all Presidential Fellowship alumni to participate in the recruitment process.  Learn more about the recruitment process and ways you can volunteer and/or nominate a current GW senior for the Presidential Fellowship.

Colonials Weekend:

Please save the date for the annual Colonials Weekend Presidential Fellowship Alumni Reception on October 26, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30PM. More details will follow by invitation in the next few weeks. There is no need to register for the greater Colonials Weekend event to attend the reception.  

Two calls to action:  1) Is there a certain Preceptor who lost contact with and would like us to invite? Let us know when you RSVP. And 2) Whether or not you are able to attend, please consider sending PAFotos/photos of your time as a fellow to feature in a slideshow during the event. All submissions can be sent to [email protected].


Growing the Presidential Fellowship Family:

We also wanted to take time to highlight the incredible engagement we had during our annual summer training, retreat, and the first weeks of the semester. These individuals have made it possible for the Presidential Fellows to fulfill the vision of the program, advancing academic excellence, service, professional development and ambassadorship.

  • President LeBlanc: The Fellows met with President LeBlanc as he reflected on the first year at GW and shared his vision for the university. Both President LeBlanc and the current Fellows are excited to continue to partner together to improve the student experience.

Training with LeBlanc

  • Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs Chris Bracey, GW School of Business Dean Mehrota, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz, and Associate Vice President for Central Initiatives Maryam Henson: As part of the ambassadorial pillar, the Fellows learned from new and existing administrators about what ambassadorship means in various contexts.


  • Associate Vice Provost for University Career Services Rachel Brown and Dean of the Student Experience Cissy Petty: The Fellows learned from senior administrators of a newly created division “Enrollment and the Student Engagement,” including from the new dean of the student experience. 
  • Amy Cohen: As the Director of the Honey W. Nashman Center, Amy Cohen worked with the Fellows to think through different ways to serve on a consistent and regular basis.
  • Timothy Kane and George Rice: The Fellows have been focused on diversity and inclusion, as well as the program's role to make GW a welcoming place for everyone. Timothy Kane and George Rice facilitated interactive activities on implicit bias and microaggressions.
  • Maranda Ward: As one of the most popular sessions during Fall Training last year, Dr. Maranda Ward returned to provide Fellows with more context on D.C.'s neighborhoods.
  • Alumni Fellows Ashlynn Profit, Chelsea Lenhart, Meredith (Waters) Barnes, and Shakir Cannon-Moye: Drawing from their work experiences, Ashlynn Profit CCAS BA’14 TSPPPA MPA ‘16, Chelsea Lenhart ESIA BA’14 TSPPPA ‘16, Meredith (Waters) Barnes MISPH BS’ 13 MHSA ‘15, and Shakir Cannon-Moye CCAS BA’ 10 MBA’ 12 provided insight to the Fellows about important topics like imposter syndrome and code-switching, as well as how to handle, or combat, harassment in the workplace.

The Fellowship heavily relies on the support of the community, who make the program sustainable. Each year, the Presidential Fellowship is grateful to alumni and friends of the program, who have made all of our activities possible and sustainable.


Ian Tang

PAF Class of 2019
BA '17
MPP '19