Partnership Resources

Content Overview                  

Relevant Action Guides

  1. Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) ​
  2. ABCD: An Activity
  3. Long-term Partnerships
  4. Video Orientation: SLS's Approach to Course Partnerships

1. Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) 

2. ABCD: An Activity

3. Long-term Partnerships

SLS Service Learning and Community Engagement opportunities create unique experiences for Georgia Tech students to become collaborators, co-educators and co-researchers with community organizations, nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses. To facilitate these unique opportunities, SLS seeks “systemic engagement” through long-term collaborations that draw on regional networks of partners and are situated within one of SLS’s six Priority Issue Areas. Those Issue Areas include: Community Health; Green Infrastructure; Equitable and Sustainable Development; Climate Change and Energy; Social Innovation; and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.  The RCE Greater Atlanta is a key example of a network of partners through which a single project situated in an issue area and supported by multiple stakeholders can transform a SLCE opportunity into systemic engagement. SLS’s approach to systemic engagement for systemic impact is informed, in part, by the works listed below. Please check back with us as we add to this bibliography and continue to unfold our Partnerships Philosophy.

McNall, M., Barnes-Najor, J., Brown, R., Doberneck, D., & Fitzgerald, H. (2015). Systemic Engagement: Universities as Partners in Systemic Approaches to Community Change. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(1), 7-32. Retrieved from


Brundiers, K., & Beaudoin, F. (2017). A Guide for Applied Sustainability Learning Projects: Advancing Sustainability Outcomes on Campus and in the Community. Retrieved from

Fadeeva, Z., Galkute, L., Chhokar, K. (2018). Academia and Communities: Engage for Change: Learning Contributions of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. Tokyo: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability. Retrieved from