Senior Emma Gaquin has been named GW's
Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to serving
the community during the month of January.
A member of the women's swimming and diving
team, Gaquin has volunteered with MEN Count, a GWU research study that focuses
on HIV prevention in D.C., and Manjia, a nonprofit organization that focuses on
reducing food waste and food insecurity.
Once a week, Gaquin recruits potential
participants at the Southeast STD clinic for MEN Count. Working as a Research
Assistant since August, she administers surveys to participants to help
determine the biggest risk factors of HIV/AIDS in the D.C. community.
In January, the public health major began
working with Manjia. Part of her work for the organization includes finding
potential food donors, such as restaurants and catering companies, and
encouraging them to sign up to use Manjia to reduce their food waste.
Sidelined by injury during the fall semester,
Gaquin has used her time out of the pool to give back to the D.C. community.
"Giving back to my community means being active
in my community, taking the time to meet new people, and figuring out how to
make their day just a little bit better."
Gaquin's participation within the community
goes further than her work with MEN Count and Manjia. She has also participated
in university events, such as Move-In day, fundraised for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, and volunteered at the Northeast Animal Shelter over school
In addition to her individual service projects,
Gaquin has joined her teammates to serve the community by dorm-storming for
Uniceff over Halloween weekend and signing up as a team for the GW Dance
Marathon at the end of February.
"Community service has always been an important
part of being on the Swim & Dive team. Since my freshman year, we have
always set goals as a team to help out the community. I am extremely proud to
be part of a program where giving back is part of the core culture."