REACH Program



Designed for GW faculty and staff, the Raise Up GW REACH program seeks to build student Resilience by promoting Engagement with and Access to Campus Health and wellbeing resources. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to engage in workshops that will provide information about student wellbeing trends, availability of services, and how to make appropriate referrals to those services.


We will be offering a variety of different REACH workshops throughout the Fall 2024 semester. Attending these trainings will teach you the skills to confidently and effectively work with students in crisis and refer them to the appropriate support. As part of our thank you for supporting student wellbeing, we are offering an incentive program to participants. We know many GW faculty/staff have attended REACH sessions in the past, so we made an effort to create innovative sessions for this semester. We will still be repeating a few sessions, so if you've attended one of those in the past and you want that to count towards the incentive program, email [email protected].

Student Wellbeing Champions

If you attend 4, 5, or 6 REACH sessions this semester, you will receive a "Student Wellbeing Champion" certificate and a catered lunch with other champions.

Student Wellbeing Advocates

If you attend 3 REACH sessions this semester, you will receive a mini prize box with wellbeing swag.

Student Wellbeing Allies

If you attend 2 REACH sessions, you will receive a Raise Up GW sticker.

Student Wellbeing Supporters

If you attend 1 REACH session, you will receive our appreciation!


As an example, here are the REACH sessions we offered in Spring 2024. These will be updated with Fall 2024 workshop offerings by the beginning of August.

Supporting Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

Faculty and staff members will learn basic information about the definition of disability, disability identity, and how students with disabilities may be impacted in the world of higher education. This workshop will focus on informing faculty and staff members of resources students with disabilities can access during their time on campus including but not limited to Disability Support Services. Additionally, faculty and staff members will also learn about managing obstacles students with disabilities may face in the academic space. Presented by Student Support and Disability Support Services.

Dates offered:

Friday, February 2nd 12-1pm

Monday, March 4th 12-1pm

Tuesday, April 9th 12-1pm

Register here!

Intervening with Students of Concern: A Discussion with Faculty & Staff

This session involves an interactive discussion about how to intervene when students are in distress. Building on last semester's REACH presentation (newcomers welcome as well!), we will do a review of basic helping skills for members of the GW community. We will then discuss specific situations you have encountered or imagine encountering, processing how to handle these to best support our students while also taking care of yourself. Please bring with you examples of difficult situations you have experienced or anticipated, to share with the group. Presented by Counseling & Psychological Services.

Dates offered:

Wednesday, February 7th 12-1pm

Wednesday, March 6th 12-1pm

Wednesday, April 10th 12-1pm

Register here!

QPR: Suicide Prevention Training

Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Presented by Counseling & Psychological Services & Student Support.

Dates offered:

Thursday, February 1st 12-1pm

Thursday, February 29th 12-1pm

Thursday, March 28th 12-1pm

Thursday, April 25th 12-1pm

Register here!

Responding to Disclosures: Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Communication

This workshop will provide participants with practical tools and resources for responding to disclosures of violence and abuse in trauma-informed, survivor-centered ways. The purpose of this training is to help community members feel prepared to receive and respond to disclosures in ways that empower survivors and provide them with accurate, essential information about options for accessing justice and healing, as defined by the survivor. Presented by the Office of Advocacy & Support.

Dates offered:

Thursday, February 15th 12-1pm

Thursday, March 21st 12-1pm

Tuesday, April 16th 12-1pm

Register here!

Title IX: Building Communities of Support

This training will offer a refresher on Title IX policies and practices at GW, with a focus on how faculty and staff members can support those who have been impacted by sexual harassment and contribute to cultures of consent. Presented by the Title IX office.

Dates offered:

Wednesday, February 21st 12-1pm

Wednesday, March 20th 12-1pm

Wednesday, April 17th 12-1pm

Register here!

How to Support Military-Affiliated Students in Higher Education

This session aims to equip educators and support staff with an understanding of the challenges faced by military and veteran students. Participants will gain valuable knowledge on VA benefits to ensure a smoother academic transition for military-affiliated students, fostering an inclusive environment that promotes their success in higher education. Presented by the Military & Veteran Services.

Dates offered:

Tuesday, February 13th 12-1pm

Tuesday, March 5th 12-1pm

Thursday, April 11th 12-1pm

Register here!



Instructional Core Workshops

The Instructional Core, a part of Libraries & Academic Innovation, provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for instructors in search of teaching solutions. If you need feedback on assignment or syllabus design, advice on teaching methods, or ideas for new activities, consider booking a consultation with the Instructional Core. All sessions are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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The GW Writing Center

The GW Writing Center’s services are not only for students. They offer specialized support and resources for faculty members including class visits and special consultations to help faculty plan written assignments for the semester. Visit the University Writing Program's Faculty Resources page for guidance on designing writing courses, utilizing librarian partnerships and hiring student workers for writing-intensive classes.

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