Reflections

A Reflection on SLS' MLK Day of Service Project with Friends of Refugees

I recently attended Serve-Learn-Sustain’s MLK Day of Service at Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, GA, which is about 20 minutes from Georgia Tech. 60,000 refugees have begun their journeys as new Americans in this area, and Clarkston has even been called “the most diverse square mile in America” by the New York Times Magazine.

Serve-Learn-Sustain Supports DC Civil Rights Tour

Over the MLK weekend, SLS sponsored a few students and faculty to attend Diversity Program’s Civil Rights Tour in Washington, D.C as part of our year-long Structural Racism series. Participants visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other historic sites such as the National Museum of the American Indian and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

SLS ANNOUNCES STUDENT ORGANIZATION PARTNERSHIPS

During the fall semester, SLS issued a call for student organizations interested in partnering with us for the 2016-2017 academic year, specifically seeking student organizations focused on environmental, social, or economic sustainability; social justice; and/or cultural diversity. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF SLS' FIRST CIVIC INNOVATION AWARD!

Serve-Learn-Sustain is proud to announce the two team winners of the 2017 Civic Innovation Award, sponsored by the Commerce Club Foundation of Atlanta. The teams and their projects are described below, in blog posts written by the students.

SERVE-LEARN-SUSTAIN ANNOUNCES SPRING SEMESTER ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SERIES

Thanks to all the partners and participants who made the Fall Semester launch of our year-long Environmental Justice Series a great success! The semester comprised 16 events and activities hosted by SLS together with 16 partners and drew close to 1,000 participants. A number of faculty used series’ events to enhance their courses and encouraged their students to attend by offering extra credit or tying events to course assignments.

We have an amazing line-up now for spring, with 15 more events and activities, co-sponsored with 20 partners.

SLS LAUNCHES SECOND FELLOWS PROGRAM: SMART CITIES, CONNECTED COMMUNITIES (SCCC)

This spring, SLS launches its Fellows Program, focused on Smart Cities, Connected Communities (SCCC), with 29 fellows representing all 6 colleges, GTRI, and various other units on campus, and including faculty, research scientists, graduate students, a post doc, and staff.

SERVE-LEARN-SUSTAIN ANNOUNCES 22 AWARDS SUPPORTING STUDENT LEARNING

SLS had a fantastic response to its call for proposals to support courses, ongoing projects, or short-term activities that enhance student learning around our theme of “creating sustainable communities.” We are proud to announce that we have given out 22 awards, to the following faculty, instructors, and staff representing SLS.

Awardees will collaborate with SLS to finalize their course/activity/project plans and will submit deliverables when they conclude. We look forward to sharing some of those out with you via this blog and the website, in the summer and the fall.

INTRODUCING NEW GUIDE FOR FACULTY: PARTNERING WITH SERVE-LEARN-SUSTAIN

As a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature who teaches English at Georgia Tech, I spend a lot of my time remarking on how different my students here are from me and from the students I have previously taught. There are, of course, the stark disciplinary divides: teaching English at Tech requires that I teach my students something about the language, methods, and traditions of the humanities, while I also try to learn—or at least to develop basic proficiency in—those of STEM fields.

BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THROUGH HEALTHY SCHOOLS

With a vision of “green schools for all within this generation,” the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools (www.centerforgreenschools.org) promotes healthy learning environments locally and globally. In Georgia, the High Performance Healthy Schools program supports that vision through the USGBC-GA Community (http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-georgia).

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SERVE-LEARN-SUSTAIN!

To celebrate the holidays, we are sharing here a few highlights from the past year that we haven’t written about before.

Thank you to all of our partners who worked with us to launch SLS this year – with a bang! We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Wishing you a healthy, happy holiday season full of love and cheer.

Best wishes from the SLS Staff:

Jenny, Christian, Kris, Jamie, and Carol

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