Save the Date

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Scheller College of Business - Room 200

Impact Presents: Kathryn Finney, Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided

Join us for the Impact Presents series for an inspiring talk by a successful leader.

Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that helps Black and Latina women own their work, using innovation and technology as a tool. She is a White House Champion of Change and a past member of the US Chamber of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

An Echoing Green Global Fellow, French-American Fellow, and Eisenhower Fellow, Kathryn started digitalundivided after selling her company, The Budget Fashionista, one of the first lifestyle blogs. Since 2013, DID has impacted over 2,000 people and helped raise $25MM in investments. She led the pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, which drew widespread buzz for disrupting the dialogue around women of color and tech entrepreneurship. The 16-page report was widely shared and covered (Forbes, CNN, Fast Company, etc.) for quantifying the often overlooked state of Black women in the tech entrepreneurship space and is impacting policy from state houses to the White House.

The findings from #ProjectDiane put a unique spotlight on the problem of inclusion in the innovation space, leading digitalundivided to develop a “first of its kind” solution. digitalundivided’s BIG Innovation Center and its resident BIG Incubator, currently on its third cohort, is the only space and program dedicated to the growth of high-growth tech businesses founded by Black and Latina women. The BIG Innovation Center also hosts numerous events, classes and programs for women in business and tech.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:45am to 11:45am

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

SLS Think Tank

SLS Think Tank brings GT faculty, students, and staff together with Community Partners to present and receive feedback on community projects, research opportunities, and collaborations. After presentations, participants share their insights and ideas in an attempt to transform and contribute to the presenters' work.

SLS Think Tank Featured Project: Trash Traps for Proctor and Peachtree Creeks.

Trash in our waterways is a major challenge for large urban areas.  Consumer packaging is a primary category of litter and the main source of water borne floatables.  It is unsightly, expensive to clean up, threatens habitats and degrades quality of life in the region. Removing garbage from residential, institutional and commercial locations in cities is a major logistical and operational task. It is also a critical matter of public health, environmental quality and economic development.

The overarching goal of this project is to improve water quality in the Proctor Creek watershed by ensuring that residents living within these communities have an opportunity to see benefits from revitalization via environmental cleanup activities. Installing a constellation of trash traps in Proctor and Peachtree Creeks will allow for ongoing water flows to transport litter into a catch basin which is then cleaned out periodically such that the material is recovered and the creeks do not flood.  This project hopes to remove up to 90% of the litter in the two creeks.

Presenter and Project Coordinator: West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Director of Environmental Education and Proctor Creek Ambassador, Darryl Haddock

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Assessment Group Teaching Workshops

We are offering two exciting workshops (9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm) that will give you tools that you can immediately use in your classroom! 

Title: Becoming Scholars in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (9am - 12pm)

Facilitated by Rob Kadel, Ph.D., Asst. Dir., Research in Education Innovation, Center for 21st Century Universities

This half-day workshop will strive to achieve three goals: 1) We will explore the meaning of the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” and why it would be important to your work as an instructor; 2) You will work with other instructors to establish educational research questions relevant to your field (and to help the others do the same); and 3) You will explore research methods for collecting data to answer those research questions. Group work will be encouraged throughout the workshop as SOTL is as much a collaborative field as any in higher education. Come with an inquisitive mindset and be prepared to leave with the beginnings of a toolbox that will serve you well throughout your academic career. 


Backwards Course Design & Serve-Learn-Sustain (1pm - 4pm)

Facilitated by Dr. Ruth Poproski (Assistant Director of Faculty Teaching and Learning Initiatives, Center for Teaching and Learning)

In this three-hour workshop we will look at your SLS courses through the lens of effective course design practices. We’ll begin by looking at and refining your goals for your students, followed by opportunities to explore options for assessment in relation to the SLS-specific components of your courses. Join us with a specific course in mind, and leave with a more robust and aligned plan for your next iteration of that class.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Hall Building, Room 103

What is Community Health? Student Ambassadors Reflect on the Semester


Come hear SLS Community Health instructors and a Student Panel of ambassadors share their major takeaways from their semester taking SLS Community Health Linked Courses.


Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Grove Park Recreation Center (750 Francis Place, NW)

Westside River Rendezvous: A One-day Proctor-Utoy-Sandy Creek Water Sampling Event

Let’s test Westside creeks!  Help West Atlanta creeks by becoming a water quality monitor for the day! Learn about and take water samples from Proctor, Utoy, or Sandy Creek. Test water quality, explore west Atlanta, and make an impact!  Register and get a free t-shirt!

Sponsored by West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and Chattahoochee River Keeper

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:45am to 11:45am

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Climate Change, Health, and Equity

This workshop will feature teaching tools that address climate science, health, and equity. We will learn from and with PhD Candidate Kevin Lanza (SCaRP), the developer of two new tools in the SLS Teaching Toolkit: Urban Heat Islands and the Georgia Tech Climate Network, and the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave

This event is primarily for faculty.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: New Realm Brewery (550 Somerset Terrace NE, Unit 101, Atlanta, 30306

Sustainability Networking Night

Join the UGA Office of Sustainability and the RCE Youth Network for Sustainability Networking Night.  Come meet sustainability-focused students, alumni, and corporate/community partners.  This event is open to all ages - you do not need to be 21 to attend.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Klaus Atrium

Fall 2018 SLS Student Showcase

The SLS Student Showcase will feature projects that engage the SLS theme of creating sustainable communities, especially within our priority issues: community health, civic data, equitable development, green infrastructure, water, citizen science, social innovation, climate change and energy, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
We seek a diversity of projects (posters, videos, prototypes, etc.), and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in the form of gift cards.  We will also present SLS Excellence in Teaching- Student Choice Awards at the Showcase. Faculty award winners will be selected from nominees submitted by students. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Fall 2018 Faculty-Partner Showcase and Meet n' Greet

This is a great opportunity to learn about the creative course design work of faculty collaborating with community partners, and to make connections with local organizations for your own courses! We will invite a handful of partner-faculty "pairs" who have collaborated over the course of the Fall semester to share their work, deliverables and process, as well as  cohort of partners and faculty new (or new-ish!) to SLS who want to hear more and gain greater insight into partnering with Tech / partnering with community organizations and agencies. We will serve lunch. 

This event is primarily for GT faculty and our partners.