Events and Workshops

SLS Affiliated Faculty: As you consider incorporating SLS events into your courses, please see our Save the Date page for a full list of all events and workshops being offered this semester.

Upcoming SLS Events

Upcoming Partner Events

Friday, September 18th, 12:30pm - 1:45pm (Virtual)

Join Dr. Elora Lee Raymond, Assistant Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, for a discussion surrounding climate change, extreme flooding and evictions-led displacement.  Extreme flooding events will become more common as climate change accelerates. Researchers have asked for a more detailed understanding of how and why residents relocate following natural disasters, arguing that these decisions and processes are complex (Elliot & Pais, 2010; Black, Arnell, Adger, Thomas & Geddes, 2013). In this research we examine how displacement proceeds through an eviction process following extreme flooding events, and suggest policy remedies.  Forced moves through an evictions process are associated with a series of negative outcomes for households and families: worsening neighborhood quality followed by a series of relocations, long-term losses in household wealth, and increases in stress-related illnesses (Basolo, 2013; Desmond & Shollenberger, 2015; McClure, Schwartz, & Taghavi, 2015). If a household must relocate in the year following a natural disaster, an eviction process is arguably one of the worst processes through which relocation can happen. 

We examine the rise in eviction rates after extreme flooding events in three states: coastal South Carolina (Hurricane Joaquin, 2015), the Florida Panhandle (April, 2014) and New Jersey (Hurricane Sandy, 2012). These three sites have different landlord-tenant regimes: SC has little to no tenant protections; FL has moderate tenant protections, and NJ has strong tenant protections. We use a mixed methods approach, combining quantitative analysis of the rise of evictions following natural disasters, as well as interviews with local legal aid groups who provide tenant assistance. These interviews shed light on why tenants increasingly face eviction in the year following a disaster. Finally, we provide policy recommendations appropriate for either preventing displacement, or facilitating relocation outside of an eviction process. Preliminary findings from South Carolina’s 2015 flooding event find that the odds of an eviction quadrupled following the 2014 floods; and that issues with maintenance and flood damage led to a rise in evictions in the year following the floods.

Monday, September 21, 9:00am - 1:00pm (Virtual)

The Role of Universities in Achieving the SDGs in the New Context: Building Back; Building Bridges

The events of the last six months have raised many questions about the feasibility of achieving the shared set of Global Goals known as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On Monday, September 21, 2020, the University Global Coalition (UGC) will host a virtual gathering to connect university leaders with an interest in utilizing the SDGs to transform their research, teaching, and operations. Sessions will highlight interdisciplinary research and project solutions inspired by the challenges illuminated by COVID-19.

Registration is free and available through Eventbrite.

Monday, September 21st - Friday. September 25th (Virtual)

Due to the impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic the National Technical Association (NTA) will conduct a Virtual 92nd Annual Conference to be held online from September 21-26, 2020 with Clark Atlanta University serving as the institutional host. The conference will feature remote presentations from technical experts with live participant interaction.

RCE Greater Atlanta will present a session on Wednesday, September 23rd.

STUDENTS: SLS is offering a limited amount of support for student registration.  Please contact us for more information.

The Georgia Tech Voter Engagement Steering Committee invites all faculty, staff, and students to join us for a town hall discussion on your rights as a voter. This event will feature Kelvin Jones, Fulton County Voter Education and Outreach Training Officer, along with a panel of internal stakeholders who will bring forth questions and topics to ensure our Georgia Tech campus community is empowered to vote in this upcoming election.

Participants include:

  • Moderator: Professor Richard Barke, School of Public Policy
  • Panelists: Ms. Sinet Adous, School of International Affairs;  Mr. Byron Fitch, Strategic Consulting and Chair, Staff Council; and Dr. Jennifer Leavey, College of Sciences 

Register to participate at To submit a question in advance, email

Thursday, September 24th, 11:30am - 1:00pm (Virtual)

Ibram Kendi writes in How to Be an Anti-Racist (2019) that "there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of 'racist' isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.'...The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it - and then dismantle it." Racism is reproduced in institutions throughout our society, and higher education is not exempt. Faculty have an important role to play in dismantling racism in their own classrooms. 

In this virtual workshop, presented by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), participants will first hear stories from students who have experienced racism at Georgia Tech.  Participants will then identify concrete strategies to engage in antiracism pedagogy through their course goals, content, classroom facilitation, and assessment strategies.

While efforts to protect and steward natural resources are essential to a climate-safe future, they are no longer enough. Far too often, resource use and development planning are determined by those in positions of power without truly considering the needs and desires of disadvantaged communities, despite claims of engagement and outreach. The pandemic has starkly revealed the gap between intention and reality and how entrenched disparities and injustice have blocked access to safe, healthy and restorative homes, commons and other built environments for many. How can we bring together the needs of people and the places they live so communities and people can thrive, where the civic commons maximizes human potential and is nourishing, accessible and enriching for all? How can we leverage the combined strength of the environmental and justice movements and create the space to fully understand the needs and desires of all communities? How can we build, improve and reimagine physical spaces not only to be equitable, just and engaging but to facilitate reckoning and healing from systemic oppression? Join Southface Institute and a global panel of women thought-leaders for a Climate Week event on September 25 to engage in a robust dialogue about regenerative placemaking, climate-smart architecture, spatial justice and the supporting mechanisms that can increase the momentum toward equality and sustainability.

NOTE: Registration for the online September SART is a two-step process. Once you have completed a registration on the Southface website, it will send you to register on the GoToWebinar website to get further notifications and a link to the event.

Join us for the final session in the series entitled "Funding Disruptive Strategies for Climate Justice."  Over the past few decades the EJ Movement has grown in size, cultural, and political importance. However, it remains one of the lowest funded environmental areas. Philanthropy has historically supported more mainstream approaches to environmental and social justice causes, and research has shown that funders often steer the priorities, strategy, and targets of social movements away from intense activism. Despite this legacy, there are new efforts to shift giving with an emphasis on racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and more participatory models of giving. Join us to discuss the potential for more radical forms of philanthropic giving and the possibilities for new funding models that can support and catalyze more contentious movement strategies.  Speakers: Danielle Deane-Ryan, Senior Advisor, Libra Foundation; Erica Kohl-Arenas, Ph.D., Faculty Director of Imagining America; Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, University of California, Davis. Moderator: Kate Sinding Daly, Executive Director, Northlight Foundation

(You must register in order to receive the link to join the event)

2020 Summit on Sustainability 

Presented by Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Thursday, October 15th, 12:00pm - 4:15pm through Friday, October 16th, 10:00am - 1:00pm (Virtual)

The Atlanta Regional Commission is partnering with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), which includes Columbus, Ohio, to present a virtual Summit on Sustainability.  This online forum offers community leaders a unique opportunity to explore and share sustainable ideas and best practices.  The content will focus on best practices across both Atlanta and the Central Ohio regions – bringing in top-notch speakers to share stories and ideas related to sustainability and allowing hundreds of community leaders in each region to learn from one another.