Letter to TSPPPA Students from Director Mary Tschirhart: Welcome Back!

January 06, 2022

Dear TSPPPA Students, 

I hope you had an enjoyable and healthy winter break. Faculty and staff are eager to support you on your journey this Spring semester. I am optimistic that this will be your best semester ever.  

I want to ensure that you have the information sent to you from GW concerning starting the Spring 2022 semester virtually to help ensure community wellness. In-person classes are planned to resume on January 18. Your instructors will contact you prior to your first class with instructions on how to access your courses during the virtual period. For more information on virtual learning and the return to campus, please visit the Onward.gwu.edu website.  

All eligible, returning GW community members need to receive a COVID-19 booster and upload documentation to the medical portal by January 10. This is required to access campus. GW also asks that traveling campus members obtain a COVID-19 test on their own (PCR or antigen) 48 hours prior to the return date if possible. Regular on-campus testing protocols continue. For more information on testing and the booster, visit the Onward GW website.

As you start your Spring classes, please remember our commitment to an inclusive environment that fosters respect and appreciation for one another. Each of us influences the Trachtenberg School culture and our own and others’ experiences within it. I encourage you to focus on health, professional goals, and vision for a better society this semester. Together, we can create a strong, caring, supportive community for all.   

Please reach out to your professors and the TSPPPA staff whenever you need us. I am looking forward to a great Spring semester! 



Mary Tschirhart, Ph.D.

Director and SJT Endowed Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration