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George Washington University Launches National Parks Fellowship Certificate

New Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy Inspired By Gift From the Late Roger Kennedy, a former NPS Director

April 22, 2013

Latarsha Gatlin
202-994-5631; [email protected]
Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON – A new graduate certificate program at the George Washington University has been created to strengthen knowledge of the natural and cultural resources that lie at the heart of the National Park Service (NPS) mission. The Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy will be offered by the university’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences beginning fall 2013. The program is designed for emerging leaders at NPS involved in the preservation and protection of public lands and cultural heritage.

The graduate certificate is inspired by a gift from Roger and Frances Kennedy and made possible by the Friends of Roger Kennedy to establish a fellowship named for the late Roger Kennedy, a former director at the National Park Service and part-time professor of American Studies at George Washington. The Roger Kennedy National Parks Fellowship will provide tuition support for NPS employees participating in the certificate program.  

Tara Wallace, associate dean for graduate studies and professor of English at GW, will oversee the Kennedy program.

“We are thrilled to be establishing a graduate program that will extend the remarkable environmental legacy of Roger Kennedy,” said Dr. Wallace. “This program helps further the goals of both GW and the NPS and establishes an important relationship between two major institutions in Washington, D.C.”

The Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy consists of four graduate-level courses, all of which will be taught on the university’s Foggy Bottom Campus.  By special permission, depending on their backgrounds, students may also enroll in graduate courses in the sciences.

“By offering a wide range of courses that contextualize environmental policy, the certificate provides a degree of flexibility,” Dr. Wallace says. “Students will be able to tailor courses that best fit their skills and strengthen their professional credentials.”

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Established in 1821 in the heart of the nation’s capital, The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of GW’s academic units. It encompasses the School of Media and Public Affairs, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and more than 40 departments and programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. The Columbian College provides the foundation for GW’s commitment to the liberal arts and a broad education for all students. An internationally recognized faculty and active partnerships with prestigious research institutions place Columbian College at the forefront in advancing policy, enhancing culture and transforming lives through research and discovery.

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In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.