Ruthie Yow

Ruth Yow
Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist

Ruthie joined Georgia Tech's Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain in 2017. In her role as Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist, her work focuses on deepening the capacity of faculty and students to understand and act on equity as central to the creation of sustainable communities. She currently co-leads the Sustainable Communities Internship Program and serves as the Co-PI of "Public Interest Technology for First Year Engineers," a collaboration with GT's Writing and Communication Program. She is trained in participatory facilitation and is pursuing a Technologies of Participation Facilitator certification, following the conclusion of a mastery course in December 2022.  Before coming to Serve-Learn-Sustain, Ruthie completed a PhD in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University.  Her research engaged equity at the intersection of race, power, and education in the American South; the resulting book, Students of the Dream: Resegregation in a Southern City, was published by Harvard University Press in 2017 and won the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship in 2018. This background in educational equity research equipped her to pursue equity-across-the-curriculum work at Georgia Tech via groups such as the Office of Undergraduate Education Equity Collective and to nurture the work of the Community of Practice on Higher Ed-Community Partnerships, a project of the RCE Greater Atlanta.   Her volunteer work around equity includes service as the Secretary of the Board of Marietta YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving). 

Courses Taught

Spring 2023
CP 4811, CP 8881

This short course reviews the basics of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) - working with communities based on their assets, or strengths - and then introduces participatory facilitation methods that can be used to implement ABCD with diverse stakeholders.

Fall 2022
HTS 2803

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when? Hillel the Elder Collective action enables groups of people to advance solutions to complex social and environmental challenges.

Spring 2022
CP 8881, CP 4811

Spring 2022
GT 1801
This course brings together students from six metro Atlanta institutions to provide them with a unique opportunity in cross-institutional community building, community partner engagement, and professional development, under the auspices of a global communities theme.
Spring 2021
CP 8881 (C1), CP 4811 (C1)

This short course focuses on the origins, successes, and uses of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
SLS 3110

When does technology improve communities? When doesn’t it, and why? How can you improve your chance of having a positive long-term impact on communities? How is designing technology for communities different from designing technology for consumers?

Spring 2017
ENGL 1102 N1, ENGL 1102 F5

In the course, we take a compelling ride through the major student movements of the post-war period, beginning in 1960 and making our way up to the present day.

Fall 2016
ENG 1101 E2, ENGL 1101 L6, ENGL 1101 L7

This course will introduce you to the city at your doorstep: you will begin to watch Atlanta and listen to it in ways that enrich your time here and better equip you to make sense of, and perhaps even make long-lasting change in, your adoptive city.

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