OPEN HOUSE - Sustainable Cities Minor and Innovating for Social Impact

September 28, 2020

Join faculty, staff, and student participants to learn more about the Sustainable Cities Minor and the Innovating for Social Impact program. The Open House will take place on Wednesday, October 7, from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in Bluejeans. Please join us to have your questions answered about these exciting programs!

The Sustainable Cities Minor, offered through a partnership between SLS and the School of City and Regional Planning, emphasizes both sustainability and community engagement.  It provides students with a deep learning experience that integrates classroom learning and real-world, community-based project experience in creating sustainable communities, with a focus on the built urban environment. 

Dr. Jairo Garcia, who currently teaches both of the required courses for the Minor, will be at the Open House to answer your questions, along with several students who have completed most of the Sustainable Cities Minor requirements. Curious about the Sustainable Cities Studio and the kinds of projects students pursue? Explore the work of Dr. Garcia’s Summer 2020 Climate Vulnerable Assessment studio, undertaken in collaboration with several community partners: Harambee House, City of Savannah’s Office of Sustainability, and Partnership for Southern Equity.

Civil Engineering student Steven Aceto writes: “I chose the Sustainable Cities Minor in order to better prepare myself for a career in sustainability; the knowledge and passion that Dr. Garcia brought in both the intro seminar as well as the minor capstone allowed both myself and my teammates to excel to the highest degree possible. Additionally, this program has helped me make connections to professionals across the state and country that will assist me in any facet of sustainability I choose to pursue!”

Two of the five courses required for the minor may be selected from a diverse set of electives representing fifteen related disciplines. Check out the course options here—you may already be well on your way toward meeting the requirements of the Minor!

The SLS Innovating for Social Impact Program is an experiential program, offered in partnership with The Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Scheller College of Business. Also known as I4SI, the program introduces students to social innovation as a tool for social impact, with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, grassroots innovation, and systems change. It is unique at Georgia Tech in its flexibility: it is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any major, has no prerequisites, and allows students to combine courses and co-curricular experiences.

Students who have no extra room in their course schedules can complete the program entirely through co-curricular experiences, including the SLS “Buzz Course” in Social Innovation, offered every Fall Semester. Industrial Engineering major Margarita Groisman said of her participation in the Buzz Course: “This course expanded my horizons by allowing me to learn what social innovation really is and how it comes in many forms. It inspired me to be mindful about my actions and the world around me, and gave me the opportunity to come together with a diverse group of students all with the common goal of creating more sustainable communities.” Other student Buzz Course participants have expressed appreciation for the diversity of perspectives and strengths that are represented by community members, other students, and the social sector entrepreneurs participating with them in the course.

Dori Pap, Assistant Director, Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Scheller College of Business, along with SLS staff and participating students, will be available throughout the Open House to answer your questions.

We hope you will take advantage of the Open House to check out these exciting programs! Please RSVP to help us plan an event tailored to meet your needs.