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Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 5:30pm

Location: Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Spring 2019 Environmental Justice Academy

The Academy is an intensive, leadership development program designed to give participants the skills to successfully identify environmental challenges and achieve sustainable, community environmental improvement goals. Everyone is welcome to apply - community advocates, college students/faculty/staff, government officials and any other group or person motivated to acquire interpersonal skills and community organizational tools to identify environmental challenges and achieve sustainable, environmental improvement goals.

This fourth class of the EJ Academy is a three-day, on-site training (March 28 – 30, 2019) followed by homework assignments and online sessions to be completed within one month. After completing the Academy, participants will attend a capstone event on May 10, 2019, where they will present a project which draws upon tools/skills learned through the Academy. March sessions will be held at AMSC’s Easley Pavilion, 1630 Metropolitan Parkway, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310. 

The Environmental Justice Academy’s co-sponsors are Atlanta Metropolitan State College, the Center for Sustainable Communities, RCE Greater Atlanta and the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 4.

Registration fee is $250. SLS will cover registration fees for any GT student, faculty, or staff member who wishes to participate – in exchange for a blog post about the experience for our Reflections blog. Interested? Contact SLS.


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:45am to 11:45am

Location: Clough 205

SLS Advising Hours

Interested in SLS but not sure which of our Signature Programs is right for you?  Wanting to get involved with SLS but not sure where to start?  Taking an SLS affiliated class and interested in something more?  Come to our SLS Advising Hours and meeting with an SLS advisor!  No appointment needed.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 10:45am to 11:45am

Location: Clough 205

SLS Advising Hours

Interested in SLS but not sure which of our Signature Programs is right for you?  Wanting to get involved with SLS but not sure where to start?  Taking an SLS affiliated class and interested in something more?  Come to our SLS Advising Hours and meeting with an SLS advisor!  No appointment needed.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Scheller College of Business Atrium

Ideas to Serve Competition (I2S)

We are excited to announce a new philosophy for our competition – one that focuses on an in-depth understanding of the social/environmental issue a student is passionate about. The model we now strive to implement provides a comprehensive approach to social innovation. This approach encourages students to: identify and build on the assets of the communities they want to serve; research the solution landscape to learn from both what works, and what failed (and why); take a systems approach to identifying the root cause versus the symptoms of the issue; conduct customer discovery to better understand the needs of the community; and to carefully consider the possible unintended consequences of any solution they might propose.

In short: we are moving away from pushing for solutions to social issues and instead we are supporting (and incentivizing) an in-depth discovery of any particular social/environmental issue a student is passionate about. Students who are interested in understanding complex problems and/or involved in community - based grassroots efforts to address such problems but don't have an "innovation" can now be part of I2S - strengthening the "serve" component of it.

We are morphing our previous tracks - Ideas and Advanced - into two new tracks: Problem Discovery Track -  for students who are exploring a social/environmental issue with the intent of gaining a deep understanding of that space and where their skills fit in, and Solutions Discovery Track - for students who are more advanced on their discovery journey and are formulating community-based solutions.

These changes to the format were developed in close partnership with Serve-Learn-Sustain, as we have worked with them over the past 1.5 years to create and launch the new SLS Innovating for Social Impact Program. The changes in approach were inspired by feedback from our expert collaborators – judges and mentors, who are practitioners in the social impact space, and who have worked with I2S teams for many years.


Friday, April 12, 2019 - 11:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Community Engagement Workshop

This workshop is aimed at faculty who would like to begin (or extend their current) community-engaged teaching or project work.  It will feature SLS partners sharing community-engagement best practices, and it will include a "project highlight" from one of the current term's SLS sponsored community-engaged capstone projects. It will offer an overview of SLS resources regarding community engagement (collaborative agreement templates, and key resources from the Atlanta Community Engagement Playbook) as well as introduce participants to Asset-Based Community Development. It will also cover course design strategies for developing high-impact community-engaged courses. Lunch will be served.


Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Agnes Scott College, Campbell Hall, 141 E. College Ave, Decatur, 30030

Wxmen in Environmental Justice Summit

The Wxmen in Environmental Justice (WEJ) Summit is a collaborative effort between Agnes Scott College and Spelman College to highlight and empower college-aged wxmen and gender non-binary people in environmental justice leadership. The purpose of the WEJ Summit is to provide resources and solidarity building through a day-long summit on April 13, 2019, at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.  The WEJ Summit is open to all students, young organizers, community members, and environmental justice advocates. Registration to attend includes free lunch; dietary restrictions will be accommodated. Registration is FREE for all students!

For more information, please email wejsummit@gmail.com. To visit us on Facebook, please click here. We hope to see you there!

 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

RCE Americas Virtual Youth Network Conference: Strengthening Partnerships and Implementation of the SDGs on Campuses and in the Community

Join the RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network and RCE Georgetown Youth Corps as we host the RCE Americas Virtual Youth Conference, focusing on the theme "Strengthening Partnerships and Implementation of the SDGs on Campuses and in the Community."  This conference will give youth leaders from across the Americas an opportunity to exchange ideas with a focus on strengthening partnerships and implementation fo the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on campuses and within communities. Join in person in the Clough Lounge, or via the virtual network. 

We are currently accepting registrations for attending and/or presenting on the theme. More details and presentation guidelines can be found in our registration form.

If you have any questions, please email rceatlyn@gmail.com with your idea!


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:30pm

Location: Institute for People and Technology, Centergy Building, Suite 600

Book Launch: All Data Are Local by Yanni Loukissas

The Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) is excited to host a celebration of the forthcoming book All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society (MIT Press, 2019) by Yanni Alexander Loukissas, author and assistant professor of Digital Media in the Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Set for release on April 23, the book examines how to analyze data settings rather than data sets, acknowledging the meaning-making power of the local. Read more about All Data Are Local.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:45am to 11:45am

Location: Clough 205

SLS Advising Hours

Interested in SLS but not sure which of our Signature Programs is right for you?  Wanting to get involved with SLS but not sure where to start?  Taking an SLS affiliated class and interested in something more?  Come to our SLS Advising Hours and meeting with an SLS advisor!  No appointment needed.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4:00pm to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:00pm

Location: Bill Moore Student Success Center

Atlanta Annual Global Studies Symposium

2019 Theme: The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in Education, Research, and Community Engagement

The Annual Atlanta Global Studies Symposium fosters collaboration among institutions of higher education, the public and the community, and the k-12 sector in the Atlanta region and beyond through education, research, and outreach about global, regional, and international studies and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. All events are free and open to the public, with pre-registration, and will take place at the Bill Moore Student Success Center (225 N Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332).