Summer 2021
Issue 39
CPS Leads - A Quarterly Digest
Juggling the Worlds of Work and Academics to Get Ahead
CPS alumni Janis Nicholas, Randy Townsend and Nikita Thompson.
The College of Professional Studies (CPS) signature event commemorating George Washington University’s Bicentennial featured a distinguished panel of alumni who described the personal and professional growth they’ve experienced through participation in CPS programs. Full recording of June 8 event available.

A Look Back: Class of 2021 Commencement Celebration
GW logo embroidered on cloth with 2021 commencement tassle in blue and buff
Congratulations again Class of 2021! If you missed our recent Commencement Celebration, please visit our website and watch the video for a recap. We are also looking forward to celebrating in-person with the Classes of 2020 & 2021 on the National Mall on October 2, 2021.

Lara Brown
GSPM Director Lara Brown Promoted to Rank of Professor

Congratulations Director Lara Brown on your promotion to Professor of Political Management in the College of Professional Studies, beginning July 1. Dr. Brown, a prominent political scientist, author and commentator, currently serves as an associate professor and director of the Graduate School of Political Management. 

The Leah Brock McCartney Project
Campus Mural to Honor First Black Alumna’s Legacy 

Two recent GW alumni are leading an initiative to create a mural commemorating Leah Brock McCartney, the first Black woman believed to have graduated from GW and a pioneering judge in Missouri.

Commissioner Silver Reflects on Planning & Designing for Equity
Commissioner Silver NYC Parks
Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks shared his reflections on how as an urban planner and parks commissioner, he implemented planning and designing for equity and what lessons planners and designers can learn to do the same. A special event organized as part of the Sustainable Urban Planning 10 year Anniversary Symposium Series.

GSPM Alumni Well Represented in the New Biden Administration 
Rohini Kosoglu
The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) is dedicated to training the next generation of political advocates and communications professionals, so it comes as no surprise that half a dozen GSPM alumni are included in President Biden’s administration. The newest addition is Carlos Del Toro '96, Nominee for Secretary of the Navy, announced June 11.

Survey for Class of 2021 Gradutes

Congratulations again Class of 2021! Please remember to fill out the short graduating student survey.

Brookklin Brown
GSPM Student Wins Prize in GW New Venture Competition

Congratulations to GSPM student Brookklin Brown (CPS MPS ’22 in Political Management) on winning a $5,000 Runner-up prize in the 2021 GW New Venture Competition (NVC)! 

Paralegal Graduates Inducted into LEX Honor Society
Participating faces on virtual LEX event
2021 Paralegal graduates were recently inducted into LEX, the national honor society. The graduates were recognized during a virtual induction, combined with an awards ceremony and graduate certificate ceremony presentation.

Class of 2021 Graduates Share Memories
Bobby Baker
2021 graduates reminisce on their time at the University by sharing some of their fondest memories. 

ACTP, ICF Certified Coach Training Program ICF
CEPL's Coaching Program Receives Coveted Accreditation

The e-Co Leadership Coaching Certification has received the designation as an International Coaching Federation Accredited Coach Training Program (ICF ACTP). Offered by CPS’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL), the Certification program offers a new vision for leadership and coaching in the world. 

GW Campus Recreation, Run/Walk Challenge, legs with sneakers
GW Campus Rec Summer Run/Walk Challenge

GW Campus Recreation is holding a Run / Walk Challenge to help encourage all GW students, faculty, and staff to stay active during the summer. The challenge is for walkers, runners, joggers, and everyone in between!

In the Media

Upcoming Virtual Events
All of these virtual events are free and open to the GW community & the public, unless otherwise noted. Additional upcoming events can be found on the CPSGSPM and CEPL event calendars.
Homeland Security Master of Professional Studies Webinar on U.S. - China Relations with Professor Berliner on June 23, 6-7 PM with Profs. Berliner and Lammert
Webinar: U.S. China Relations
Homeland Security Master's Program

June 23, 2021, 6 PM ET

Join homeland security and intelligence experts in a conversation about how the U.S. should respond to the U.S. - China conflict.


  • Maria Velez de Berliner, Professor of Intelligence and Strategic Analysis; and
  • Elaine Lammert, Homeland Security Master's Program Director.
Rebuilding Public Trust in Government, GW, GSPM logos, June 24, 6 p.m. ET webinar
Rebuilding Public Trust in Government
Lessons from the Private Sector

June 24, 2021, 6 PM ET

Join GSPM Strategic Public Relations program director Larry Parnell and a panel of top communicators for a GSPM-CommPRO virtual conversation focusing on the formidable challenge of rebuilding American's trust in government.


  • Susan Del Percio - Founder, Susan Del Percio Strategies | MSNBC Political Analyst
  • Daniel Webber - Regional President, Edelman Washington D.C.
  • Larry Parnell - GSPM Strategic Public Relations Program Director
Celebrating Commencement on the National Mall, Classes of 2020 & 2021
Commencement on the National Mall

Hold the Date: October 2, 2021, 11 AM

We are thrilled to invite our Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates and their families to the National Mall for a truly special event.
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