The Roosevelt Institute @ GW (RI@GW) is part of a national network of over 10,000 emerging leaders actively engaging on college campuses and in communities to re-imagine and re-write the rules. A student-led think tank and act tank, RI@GW engages students in solutions-based progressive activism that empowers their ideas for change.
Our chapter is based on six Policy and Advocacy Centers (PACs), including:
- Economic Development
- Energy and Environment
- Equal Justice
- International Affairs
- Public Health
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
We believe students can create policy change through the following process:
In the last two years, since our chapter’s re-establishment in 2013, the chapter has:
- Trained 75+ 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 GW impact investment in DC low-income neighborhoods through a deposit in community development banks, via the GW Bank on DC campaign.
- Supported successful local coalition efforts to raise the DC minimum wage and reduce employment discrimination for ex-offenders through ban the box legislation.
- 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 14 Fireside Chat discussions on engaging topics.
- 80% of alumni of the network enter public service, continuing commitment to change.