Reflections

SLS’s Fourth Summer Internship Seminar Embraces the U.N. SDGs, and More!

Serve-Learn-Sustain’s Summer Internship Program provides sustainability partners throughout Georgia with support, while offering students practical experience working on real-world community-engaged projects. In four years, the program has grown from 15 students in 2018 to this summer’s cohort of 76! A Saporta Report article that shares more about the program through a close look at three 2020 internships is accessible here. 

SLS Celebrates Our Graduating Student Fellows

With our small staff, SLS could not do what we do without the work that is accomplished by our undergraduate student fellows.  Each year, SLS employs 10 - 12 undergraduate students who work with us in various capacities.  In addition to daily office work, these students also choose a long-term project to work on over the course of a semester or two, as part of our student fellows program.  They work as part of a student cohort, meeting regularly with each other, and with staff to develop and move SLS initiatives and programs forward.  This week, we celebrate four of

12th Annual Ideas to Serve Competition (I2S) Drives Discovery and Solutions with Social Impact

For the past 12 years, the Ideas to Serve (I2S) Competition organized by the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact (ILSI) at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business inspires students and recent alumni to think creatively about how to create a better world.

SLS Hosts In-Person Tour at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

This spring, SLS had the opportunity to host an in-person tour at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, led by staff member Jamie White-Jones.  As part of the experience, we asked students to share with us what was most impactful to them personally.  We are pleased to share those reflections with you!

SLS Offers Its First ABCD Short Course

Last month, in partnership with the School of City and Regional Planning, Serve-Learn-Sustain offered a short course on the basics of Asset-Based Community Development. “ABCD,” as it’s known, was founded by John McKnight and Jody Kretzman, who as local organizers and community researchers in Chicago, came to believe that existing deficit-focused frameworks for development missed what fundamentally animates and defines communities: their assets.

Partnerships are Atlanta's greatest tool for change

Sagdrina Jalal (Center for Civic Innovation), Jennifer Hirsch (SLS), and Dori Pap (Institute for Leadership and Social Innovation) recently collaborated on a guest column for Saporta Report, focused on the idea that Black women are pioneers of social innovation, and their long history of working to create community – even when exhausted, even while being ignored, even as credit goes to others – should be recognized..  For these three organizations,&nb

Building community with our AAPI students, colleagues, and partners

We are devastated by the violence being wrought on AAPI communities in Atlanta and around the country. We know that building community is one of the strongest ways to help everyone feel welcome and keep us all safe. We have been holding conversations in our classes and other activities where everyone can share what they’re experiencing, grieve together if they’d like, share resources, and identify new ways to support each other.

Serve-Learn Sustain Received National Recognition for Course Affiliation Program

Earlier this year, Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) was announced as a winner of the 2020 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The award, which honors higher education institutions for successful implementation of projects that advance sustainability, recognized SLS’s Affiliated Courses Program.  Over the past several months, AASHE has hosted a webinar series led by 2020 Award Winners.

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