The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (CSLS) began operating as an official unit of Georgia Tech in Fall 2015, with
the arrival of its inaugural Director, Dr. Jennifer Hirsch. The Center’s mandate is to implement Tech’s new Quality
Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Serve-Learn-Sustain” (SLS), a key component of the Institute’s 2015 SACSCOC
reaffirmation of accreditation. This entails working with all six colleges and with units across campus to develop
opportunities for students to engage in curricular and experiential learning opportunities focused on the theme,
“creating sustainable communities.” More broadly, the mandate entails making sustainable communities work
a key focus at Tech, bringing together research, teaching, and practice. The plan addresses educational needs
clearly voiced by our graduates to prepare students to understand the practical impacts of their disciplines on
the world and use their disciplinary knowledge to work with diverse stakeholders to improve it. It also enhances
long-held Georgia Tech values and directly responds to Georgia Tech’s Strategic Plan, which calls for training
students to become leaders in addressing critical global challenges and improving the human condition.
The Center’s first year focused on establishing the office, including hiring three staff; honing strategy and
approach; spreading awareness among faculty, students, and staff; beginning to develop partnerships with
Georgia Tech and off-campus partners; and launching initial courses and programs.
Below are some additional figures not included in the written report: