Roosevelt @ GW is a student policy and advocacy organization that engages students and communities in solutions-oriented progressive activism that empowers their ideas for change. We are part of the Roosevelt Institute's national network, a cohort of student leaders from over 130 college campuses focused on incubating progressive ideas and creating a pipeline for young, progressive leaders and thinkers.
Our theory of change seeks to provide our members, partner organizations, and the broader community with a platform, training, and resources to create policy change through the following process:
- Learn: Innovate solutions by learning from community members, students, and experts by holding site visits, Fireside Chats, panel discussions, and film screenings.
- Write: Produce well-researched, actionable policy proposals that have the opportunity to be published in the Roosevelt Institute's 10 Ideas national journals, our chapter journal Omnibus, our chapter blog Roosevelt Reader, and outside publications.
- Advocate: Lead organizing campaigns to put ideas into action by using strategic tactics to influence stakeholders, including lobbying, media outreach, petitions, and direct action.
- Grow: Develop your skills, network, and friendships to become a better professional and citizen.
Since our re-establishment on campus in 2013, we have made the following impact:
- Trained 300+ GW students on policy brainstorming, writing, and/or organizing.
- Named "Best Chapter" (2015) and "Best New Chapter" (2014) in the wider Roosevelt network because of focus on creating local policy change on GW's campus and in the wider DC community.
- Successfully lobbied for a $250,000 impact investment by GW in DC low-income neighborhoods through a deposit in City First Bank, providing investments for affordable housing and small business development.
- Successfully lobbied the university to begin creating a local procurement policy from DC-based underrepresented businesses, which is currently being determined by the newly-formed GW Task Force on Local Supplier Diversity.
- Joined the DC Jobs with Justice coalition, as one of the only student organizations part of the association of social justice organizations in the city.
- Co-sponsored dozens of events and student campaigns, including co-convening the GW Ferguson Coalition to improve GW police-community relations.
- Published 57 policy memos and blog posts to highlight our members’ ideas, including helping 11 members publish in national journals, the 10 Ideas series.
- Engaged hundreds of students in 16 Fireside Chat discussions on engaging topics.
- 80% of alumni of the network enter public service, continuing commitment to change.