All about: EduWonks

The following is a Q&A with Katharine Parham, president of EduWonks. To apply for a position on the Executive Board, please email eduwonks@gmail.com for an application. The deadline to apply for an Executive Board position for the 2016-2017 school year is Monday, September 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm


Tell us about your student group.

EduWonks was founded in 2011 to promote interest in education policy among McCourt students. The members of EduWonks seek to advocate creative thinking, action, entrepreneurship, and dialogue within and beyond the Georgetown community to understand why education is one of the defining civil rights issues of our time. Each member of the organization is passionate about addressing the challenges of educational inequity in the United States and abroad.

What are some things your group is planning for this year?

This year, EduWonks is excited to host a number of events with major speakers from the education space. In previous years we have hosted Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, and education advocate Senator Elizabeth Warren. We continue to work to diversify events according to the interests of our members, including offering more discussions on international education and bringing employers to campus who impact education policy through the private and non-profit sectors. Further, we are excited to host our popular, monthly dinner series with professors from McCourt discussing how their research intersects education.

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Finish this sentence: “Student should join if…”

Students should join if they want to gain hands-on experience in education policy, join discussions with leading experts in the field of education and participate in career-oriented events that introduce students to the different paths they can take to seek employment in the education sector.

Finish this sentence: We’re looking for…”

We’re looking for students who are passionate about or want to gain deeper insight to education policy in practice. We also welcome those interested in simply learning more about education policy.

Who can come to your events? Are any of your activities members-only?

Anyone is welcome to join our events! We plan on a having a variety of speakers, networking opportunities, and discussions throughout the year that will touch on a variety of domestic and international issues related to education.

How can students join?

To become an official member of the EduWonks Club, go to this link and click the “join organization” icon. Becoming an official member will not hold you to any commitment; it simply means you will get notifications when we have events or opportunities that would be particularly interesting to those with an interest in education and social policy.

To follow our activities and education news, “like” our Facebook Page. We’ll share job openings, local events, events we’re hosting, and interesting news all about education and social policy issues. And if you have news of your own, don’t hesitate to post on our page too!

To apply for a position with our Executive Board, email eduwonks@gmail.com for details and an application. Applications for 2016-2017 are due by September 2nd at 5:00 pm.

Who should students contact if they have any questions?

Any questions, ideas and suggestions can be directed to our 2016-2017 President, Katharine Parham, at eduwonks@gmail.com.

What’s the best way for students to learn about upcoming events?

To get information about our upcoming events, “like” EduWonks on Facebook, check the television outside the student lounge, read the GPPSA events e-mails, or reach out to our Executive Board directly at eduwonks@gmail.com.