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The SA voted unanimously Monday to show student support for increased community engagement. Lisa Blitstein | Hatchet Photographer

Sen. Nate Pasko, ESIA-U, sponsored a resolution for increased community engagement. The bill passed unanimously at a Student Association Senate meeting Monday night. Lisa Blitstein | Hatchet Photographer

The Student Association Senate passed a resolution urging GW to engage more in the D.C. community Monday night.

The senate voted unanimously in favor of the resolution, which calls for officials to purchase locally sourced products, hire employees from the area, expand community education programs and invest in community development funds. The resolution also encourages student organizations to find ways to work with D.C. groups.

Sen. Nate Pasko, ESIA-U, said the bill will make GW stand out nationally as an institution that supports community engagement and service.

“I support this because it is an opportunity for real progress in the University,” Pasko said.

Pasko added that he sponsored the bill because it sets a precedent for students and officials to get involved around D.C.


Members of the GW chapter of the Roosevelt Institute worked with SA senators to draft the resolution.

Noah Wexler, the economic development director for GW’s Roosevelt Institute chapter, said during the meeting that the bill demonstrates students’ passion for the D.C. community.

He added that there is a perception that students and administrators don’t engage with people and organizations outside of GW in Foggy Bottom and other parts of the District.

“The main reason for the bill is that often times students and administration think there is a gap between Rice Hall and everywhere else,” Wexler said.

During the meeting, SA Executive Vice President Thomas Falcigno announced that Sen. Miriam Karim, CCAS-G, resigned from her position due conflicts with schoolwork.

Sen. Zachary Graybill, SEAS-G, said the senate currently has 11 unfilled seats. Applications for those positions will close Oct. 28, he said.

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Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 10:09 p.m.

GW to aid hurricane victims in Haiti

GW will provide relief to Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti, according to a University release Monday.

Faculty and officials have expressed interested in responding to the emergency in Haiti, Doug Shaw, the senior associate provost for international strategy, said in the release. Shaw will coordinate the University’s aid efforts.

“GW has world-class expertise and a unique platform to help focus global attention on the recovery effort,” Shaw said in the release.

About 900 people have died after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti last week, and about 500,000 Haitians are reportedly stranded in the south of the country. Cholera, an acute diarrheal illness, has also begun to break out in the country’s coastal areas.

GW has assisted Haiti in recovering from previous natural disasters: After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that left more than 300,000 people dead, GW worked with Elisabeth Delatour Préval, the then-first lady of Haiti and a School of Business alumna. Préval later attended two GW symposiums about Haiti’s reconstruction.

University President Steven Knapp said in the release that after 2010’s earthquake, the GW community responded by offering humanitarian aid in a “multi-pronged approach.” Students raised more than $9,000 for disaster relief and organized a candlelight vigil and letter-writing event, according to the release. Officials also sent emergency medical and nursing personnel to Haiti.

“The hurricane has further and tragically complicated the country’s ongoing recovery efforts from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake,” Knapp said. “Our collaboration has been ongoing, and Dr. Shaw will ensure that, once again, the University’s response is appropriate and effective.”


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A student was struck by a car at the intersection of 20th and G streets Monday night. Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer

A student was struck by a car at the intersection of 20th and G streets Monday night. Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer

A student was stuck by a car in a hit and run accident at the intersection of 20th and G streets Monday night.

The male student was crossing the street when a car passed another waiting car and hit the student, eyewitnesses said. They said the driver of the car was turning from 20th Street onto G Street when the accident happened.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Office Hugh Carew said the department received a call about the incident at 8:39 p.m. He said a conscious and breathing adult male was transported to a local hospital and that officers are searching for a blue or black vehicle with Virginia tags.

Andre Andrews, an International Monetary Fund employee, said the driver struck the student once before slowing down and hitting him again.

“The driver heard him say, ‘get his tag number’ and also ‘call the fire department and police’ – the guy was gone,” Andrews said.

Donnell Burrell said he was in the car in front of the driver and had pulled over on 20th Street to park, which he said irritated the driver.

“He was cussing me out, but I saw the student coming across so I tried to tell him to stop,” Burrell said. “Maybe he thought I was cussing at him, back at him, but he proceeded on and he hit the guy in slow motion and I blew my horn real hard and that’s when he noticed the student was halfway on his hood.”

Burrell, who said he is an EMT, was going to treat the student, but the student was walking around after the accident.

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The D.C.-area Innovation Corps program was awarded $3.45 million over the next five years by the National Science Foundation to renew the program, according to a University release.

The I-Corps program brings together four D.C.-area universities – GW, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland at College Park – to train students and faculty in entrepreneurship. UMD is the lead institution for the region.

These regional sites, or “nodes,” work to help researchers “transition fundamental science and engineering discoveries to the marketplace,” by providing the appropriate research infrastructure and training, according to the release.

Leo Chalupa, the vice president for research, said in the release that GW’s commitment to innovation and technology commercialization made it a natural fit for this I-Corps site.

In recent years, officials have touted I-Corps as a way for researchers to turn their work into marketable goods or companies.

“The renewal of this NSF grant demonstrates the measurable and continuing success of the DC I-Corps program,” Chalupa said in the release.

The regional sites support other I-Corps sites nationwide as well as offer seven-week I-Corps curriculum to their teams. More than 3,000 people have participated in the D.C. I-Corps program at the university level, with more than 5,500 participants total, according to the release.

Six teams from GW have also gone to national I-Corps, out of 1,031 total teams trained and 45 teams from the D.C. area.

Jim Chung, the associate vice president for innovation and entrepreneurship and a co-principal investigator for the D.C. I-Corps, said in the release that 33 students, faculty and postdoctoral fellows from GW have received training for the program so far.

“The DC I-Corps Node has been critical for building the infrastructure and resources for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship at GW,” Chung said in the release.

Chung said in the release that the D.C. I-Corps plans to expand implementation of a short course format to “different diverse and geographically located groups,” over the next five years.

The D.C. I-Corps also plans to expand their outreach over the next five years by launching a veterans-only cohort and focusing on researchers who have not previously received funding but are eligible for $50,000 in funding from the program by taking the short course, according to the release.

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A public health professor has been awarded a $2.6 million grant to conduct a cervical cancer prevention field study in Peru.

Patti Gravitt, a global health professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, will act as principal researcher in a five-year project funded by the National Cancer Institute. Gravitt and her team will travel to the Loreto region of Peru to study how cervical cancer screening and treatment can be simplified and improved, according to a release.

Together with her research team, Gravitt will ask women in the region between the ages of 18 and 64 to be placed on a cervical cancer screening registry to monitor who is being screened and why. Researchers will then review obstacles to screening with local leaders to find the kinds of tests that will remove most of those barriers, according to the release.

The team plans to establish a certain system in the Loreto region and then compare its effectiveness to the systems used in the rest of the country, the release states. Gravitt’s team will include researchers from Tulane and Johns Hopkins universities.

Incidences of cervical cancer are twice as high in Peru as the national average largely due to the lack of widespread pap screenings, according to the release. Younger Peruvian girls are now starting to receive the vaccination, but older generations of women are still at increased risk.

“At some point, screenings might not be needed,” Gravitt said in the release. “But we’ve got these generations of women who will not benefit from vaccination and we want to find practical solutions to reduce the burden of cervical cancer now.”

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Trustees Nelson Carbonell and Madeline Jacobs field questions at a presidential search town hall for faculty last month. The search committee released its profile for prospective candidates Monday. Hatchet file photo by Madeline Cook | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Trustees Nelson Carbonell and Madeline Jacobs field questions at a presidential search town hall for faculty. The search committee released its profile for prospective candidates Monday. Hatchet file photo by Madeline Cook | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The presidential search committee are looking for candidates with a commitment to diversity and fundraising.

The Board of Trustees released its profile for the University’s next president in a document Monday. The profile states the challenges and opportunities the University’s 17th president will face and the qualifications that the search committee is looking for.

Among the seven challenges and opportunities for the next president, the profile states that the candidate will need to articulate a “distinct vision” for the university, show an ability to further develop the commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus, and grow fundraising, according to the document.

The search committee will be looking for qualities in the next president that include “proven, visionary leadership,” previous academic leadership, management skills, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, dedication and accessibility to the student body, personal character and fundraising experience, according to the document.

The Board of Trustees developed the profile after more than two dozen town halls for students, faculty, staff and alumni in September and October.

“I greatly appreciate the feedback we received from a wide range of university community members,” Nelson Carbonell, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a release. “The input has helped inform the profile we have developed for a transformational leader who can guide the university in its third century.”

The presidential search website allows members from the community to give feedback and submit questions for the search committee to ask presidential candidates. The board is expected to make its selection in spring 2017 with input from the search committee, the Faculty Senate’s executive committee and the faculty consultative committee.

The presidential search comes after current University President Steven Knapp announced in August that he would leave the University at the end of this upcoming academic year. Later that month, GW selected the national executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to help facilitate the search.

The Board announced the launch of the presidential search process in June with a 19-member search committee.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew held a press conference in Jack Morton Auditorium Friday. Jordan McDonald | Senior Staff Photographer

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew held a press conference in Jack Morton Auditorium Friday. Jordan McDonald | Senior Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Elizabeth Georgakopoulos.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew held a press conference about the global economy and his goals for the next fiscal year in the Jack Morton Auditorium Friday, as part of the International Monetary Fund’s Annual Meetings.

Lew commended his colleagues for overcoming the economic downturn of 2009 and said he is optimistic about the U.S.’s continued economic progress.

“I stress the importance of a strong, sustainable balance and inclusive global growth so that the benefits of that growth can be shared more broadly within each of our countries and across the globe,” Lew said.

Countries’ leaders recently have communicated more efficiently, which has led them to utilize more policy tools and “fiscal space,” Lew said.  He added that some nations’ financial systems need more inclusive growth to achieve economic equality.

Economies around the globe have taken advantage of “fiscal space” to promote economic equality, Lew said. For example, Japan delayed their consumption tax hike and announced a new fiscal stimulus, he said.

Although Lew said the U.S. and other countries have made positive strides toward economic equality, he cautioned his colleagues to pay attention to the constantly evolving economy.

“Over the past several days, I continue to press for aggressive use of all tools to support growth, further monetary accommodations, demand strength of fiscal policies and demand support of structural reforms,” Lew said.

This fiscal year, Lew said he would focus on Europe’s economy – especially after Britain’s recent referendum, known as “Brexit,” and Greece’s financial crisis.

Lew said he hopes for a “highly integrated relationship” between the European Union and Britain, which would benefit the U.S., Europe and most other economies around the world.

Lew added that this year’s annual meeting was one of the first that Greece was not considered “in crisis,” after years of country’s economy lagging.

“Greece continues to implement the measures that have already been passed and are making headway on the next set of milestones due in October, including by following through on privatization plans and moving forward with critical financial sector reforms,” he said.

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A panel of economic experts analyzed globalization's and technology's impacts on inequality as part of the International Monetary Fund's Annual Meetings. Elizabeth Rickert | Hatchet Photographer

A panel of economic experts analyzed globalization’s and technology’s impacts on inequality as part of the International Monetary Fund’s Annual Meetings. Elizabeth Rickert | Hatchet Photographer

Updated: Oct. 7, 2016 at 10:33 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Pragati Walia.

Audience members gathered at the Jack Morton Auditorium Friday to hear a panel of economic experts analyze globalization’s and technology’s impacts on inequality, as part of the International Monetary Fund’s Annual Meetings.

Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator at the Financial Times in London, moderated the panel, which was made up of IMF officials and economists.

The panelists discussed how economic inequality has become part of global political debates.

Here are some highlights from the panel:

1. Social immobility makes inequality toxic 

Thomas Shanmugaratnam, the deputy prime minister in the Singapore Cabinet, focused on absolute income and absolute standards, which he said have been impacted by wage inequality.

“A combination of wage stagnation and absolute income is the outcome of this continuously growing issue of wage inequality,” he said.

Shanmugaratnam said that in Sweden, where the government intervened to preserve jobs during a global economic downturn, market incomes fell or were flat in only 20 percent of households, and everyone’s disposable incomes advanced.

2. Using redistribution to address inequality

Mauricio Cardenas, Colombia’s minister of finance and public credit, said that inclusive labor market policies help to reduce income inequality. Although the U.S. government doesn’t usually intervene, Colombia’s government often does.

“In Colombia, growth has allowed low income groups to improve standards of living,” Cardenas said. “Effective government intervention in the form of taxation and allocation of expenditure is required. And most importantly, countries need programs targeted to early childhood problems to improve the future of upcoming generations.”

Tao Zhang, the deputy managing director of the IMF, said the organization is focusing on policy changes to help “macroeconomic leakages.”

“There is an inherent problem as countries do not have liquidity of financial resources,” Zhang said.

3. Technology enables globalization

Zhang said that there is a trade-off between efficiency and equity for governments.

“Minimising inefficiencies from resource misallocation may allow us to fully capture the benefit of globalization,” Zhang said.

The panel members also discussed how harnessing existing skills in developed countries could “crowd-in” technological skills to develop other countries’ economies – like in China or India.

4. Smart policies for smart machines 

Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, said she fears that the deep divisions in anti-trade and anti-immigration laws will hurt developing countries.

“Structural reforms that facilitate technology diffusion and job creation can reduce inequality. Countries need economic and social mobility,” Tyson said.

Shanmugaratnam said that technology can trigger inequality between between skilled and unskilled workers if it is not properly regulated.

“Countries need reinvest in labor, help persons who have been displaced from their jobs because of the advancement of technology,” Shanmugaratnam said. “Investments in education and health care could enhance the quality of human capital worldwide for inclusive globalization.”


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This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Meredith Roaten.

Ellen Malcolm, a 1984 alumna and founder of the political action committee EMILY’s List, found herself back at GW Wednesday night when she was interviewed by Danny Hayes, an associate professor of political science.

“Since 1985 when EMILY’s List was founded, the organization has raised and spent over four million dollars to help elect pro-choice, Democratic women, and has had an unparalleled role in increasing the number of women in US congress and in elected offices across the country,” Hayes said.

The EMILY in EMILY’s List is not a name, but an acronym that stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast – which makes the dough rise – referring to Malcolm’s innovative fundraising technique for her foundation. The organization has contributed to the victories of many campaigns since its founding, including the first Democratic women to be elected to the senate in her own right, Barbara Mikulski, and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s past senatorial campaigns.

Malcolm’s book, “When Women Rise: EMILY’s List and the Rise of Women in American Politics” framed the conversation, but Malcolm also touched on current political issues during a Q&A session.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Wearing the pants

Malcolm said that her extreme Republican upbringing did not reflect her political views later in life.

“My grandmother once told me Herbert Hoover solved the Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt took all the credit for it,” Malcolm said.

Malcolm said she didn’t become a political activist until her undergraduate education at Hollins University, where a friend extremely active in the anti-Vietnam War movement persuaded her to become involved.

And there was the “dress code incident”: When she was an undergraduate, the students at the women’s college were not allowed to wear pants to class or in the dining room, until Malcolm and a group of friends demanded that the rules change. Malcolm said it was one of her first successes in her extensive history of enacting political change.

“You have to start somewhere, I guess,” Malcolm said jokingly.

2. Changing the system

Malcolm said that she and many members of her rebellious generation channeled their frustration with the status quo into political action.

“Some people went and they said, ‘I’m gonna drop out and live on a commune.’ Others of us said, I want change the system and go inside and see if I can make the country better,” Malcolm said.

Malcolm said that at the time, women had a difficult time being perceived as credible because they lacked the same money as establishment politicians but not the support or political prowess. To combat this barrier, Malcolm and the founders of EMILY’s List decided that Democratic voters had the right to know about the Democratic, pro-choice women who had a chance of winning, and concluded that they could educate and fundraise for the these candidates at the same time.

3. Ambition

During the Q&A portion of the talk, Malcolm was asked about the current elections and the future of the country. She said that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is a person that cares about other people and wants to change the policies of the U.S. to better reflect a society where women have entered the workplace.

“I really think Hillary Clinton will be a phenomenal president of this country,” Malcolm said.

Malcolm said that the best way to help Clinton’s candidacy was to say something nice about her, which will contradict media outlets that say she is not a well-liked candidate.

“People have said to me, well she’s too ambitious,” Malcolm said. “Well, any man that’s running for the president of the United States is very ambitious.”

Malcolm added that not all gender bias is out of the political election, especially the current one. But she said that with each new level of office that women reach, the stereotypical doubts and barriers lessen.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sarah Haque

More than 100 human rights activists, economists, researchers and intellectuals filled Jack Morton Auditorium Wednesday to discuss gender and economic equality for women as part of the 2016 Annual Meetings hosted by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

David Lipton, the first deputy managing Director of the IMF, opened the seminar, titled “Making Macroeconomics Work for Women.” Lipton introduced women’s economic inequality as “one of the key challenges of our time” and something that if solved, could positively transform the world economy.

Sheila MacVicar, an award-winning anchor and TV correspondent, introduced the panel of economic leaders and economic experts.

Here are some takeaways:

1. Unpaid work

The experts discussed the difference between paid and unpaid work, and how women contribute primarily to the unpaid sector.

James Heintz, a professor of economics from the University of Massachusetts, discussed what he said are the two categories of unpaid work. The first is more common in developing countries, including tasks like gathering water, and the second is prevalent both in developing and developed states, like childcare and meal preparation.

“Women’s contribution in unpaid work is completely excluded,” Heintz said.

The panel agreed that unpaid work is one of the biggest hurdles to economic equality, and in order to overcome this hurdle, action must be taken to compensate women for their work.

“If all the unpaid jobs in the care economy had been paid, this would have added 13 million jobs to the US economy alone,” said Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO.

2. Economic growth and women’s rights

There are several methods by which economies expand while ensuring women’s rights. Some panelists took a more economic approach to guaranteeing equal rights while others focused more on human rights.

Kalpana Kochhar, the director of the human resources department of the IMF, said the IMF is working to achieve equal opportunity and economic growth by “leveling the playing field” for women.

“The IMF takes a macroeconomic lens to the issue of gender inequality, but does not forget about other lenses,” Kochhar said.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, a human rights lawyer and Goodwill ambassador, said most progress can be made by focusing on these other lenses, especially through a human rights perspective, not strictly economic.

“We need to make macroeconomics work for women, not women work for growth,” Gumbonzvanda said.

3. Leveling the playing field

The panelists mentioned a handful of actions that could give women more representation in the economy and society, like providing health care and maternity leave, maintaining transportation and workplace safety, implementing education equality and increasing wages.

Claver Gatete, the minister of finance and economic planning of Rwanda, elaborated on the case in Rwanda, where the gender gap is smaller than in the US. He said the government in Rwanda had to adjust the legal framework to better support women, like reserving 30 percent of parliamentary seats for women.

“We had to change our inheritance laws, introduce maternity leave, give access to healthcare and education,” Gatete said. “We decided that women needed to be a part of our decision-making process.”

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