New SLS Resources and Tools

October 26, 2020

SLS continues to seek ways to support faculty and students in their efforts to learn more about the roots of racial inequity, in Atlanta and beyond. One of the ways that we do so is through resources and tools available through the SLS website.

Resource Lists

Last spring, SLS developed a resource list on COVID-19 Pandemic and Racial Justice that includes a wide range of resources at the intersection of racial equity, health, and sustainability. We hope you find these resources helpful as you work to incorporate concepts related to systemic racism, the global pandemic, and economic inequity into your sustainability teaching and learning.

Building upon our initial list, SLS recently completed a set of recommended resources that focus specifically on Racism and the Built Environment. This list includes a number of resources recommended and/or authored by SLS partners, within and outside Georgia Tech. A brief description is provided for each suggested resource to help you identify the resources most appropriate for your needs. Resource categories within this list include: transportation and race; federal policy and discrimination; and infrastructure and race in Atlanta.

Teaching Tools

Over the past several years SLS has collaborated with faculty, graduate students, and community partners to develop a set of teaching tools designed to support integration of sustainability and community engagement concepts and practices in Georgia Tech courses. Have you reviewed the SLS Teaching Toolkit recently? Each year we add new tools, and we always welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Recently, SLS Graduate Research Assistant Bonnie Lapwood completed a new tool that builds on a recording of the SLS/iGniTe summer event Centering Racial Equity in Equitable and Sustainable Development. At this one-hour event, three dynamic Women of Color--Carol Hunter, Odetta MacLeish-White, and Nicole Moore--discussed how and why racial equity is central to the mission of their work and how their organizations are responding to the growing movement for racial justice in the U.S. During the Q&A segment with students they provided suggestions for ways that Georgia Tech students can get involved in issues that matter to them, as well as how they continue learning about key issues like systemic racism. The teaching tool includes suggestions for facilitated class discussion about the recorded session and alternative assignment prompts to use in assessing student understanding. Please take a look at this new tool, try it out, and let us know if you have feedback! In addition, SLS would love to know what additional teaching tools you would find useful. Please contact Rebecca Watts Hull with suggestions!