Presented by Serve-Learn-Sustain and the Center for Teaching and Learning, in partnership with School of History and Sociology (through a grant from the Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund in support of the Conference on Human Rights, Changes and Challenges).
Recently, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accepted Georgia Tech's Fifth-Year Interim Report and commended the Institute for the success of the Serve-Learn-Sustain program. The Institute also received a commendation from the accreditation body “for the exceptional execution” of its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known on campus as Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS). In her letter to Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera, SACSCOC President Belle S.
Each summer, SLS hosts an Internship Program, placing students in internships with community and government organizations, focused on gaining real world experience in sustainability and community engagement. This week, we highlight Michelle Ramirez (Digital Media) who interned with SLS as our Sustainable Communities Graduate Fellow.
Each summer, SLS hosts an Internship Program, placing students in internships with community and government organizations, focused on gaining real world experience in sustainability and community engagement. This week, we highlight Peyton Warrick (Environmental Engineering) who interned with Hope for Youth (HYPE), and had the opportunity to serve on a Zoom panel that HYPE held in partnership with Women of Color in Tech and the General Assembly on the
In Dekalb County, the refugee resettlement community of Clarkston is known as the most diverse square mile in America. Here, many parents work long hours and late shifts, and a high percentage of families have only one car or less. Because of this lack of time and transportation, taking their children to after-school activities can often be a challenge.
Each summer, SLS runs a paid internship program that focuses on providing practical experience for students in supporting solutions for sustainable communities, while providing our partners with support and resources. Below we highlight the experience of two students from our Summer 2020 program, whose internship experiences translated into staff positions with their internship host partner.
Rachel Dekom, (History, Science, and Technology, 2021)
This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the UrbanHeatATL team. UrbanHeatATL is a community partnership between researchers at Georgia Tech and Spelman College, local partner organizations, and community scientists. The goal of UrbanHeatATL is to map accurate, surface-level heat data in Atlanta. In March, UrbanHeatATL presented a panel of urban heat experts during the Atlanta Science Festival (Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, and Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome).
My name is Yassin, and I was an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech from 2015 to 2021. I first heard about the Serve Learn Sustain initiative while taking a database systems course. During one of our classes while discussing the vast realm of work opportunities in computer science, our professor encouraged us to use the skills we were learning towards fostering sustainable communities. She said that if we had an interest in such applications, we could find many opportunities through SLS.
Georgia Tech recently achieved a STARS silver rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS stands for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System and is awarded based upon measured success in five key areas of sustainability in higher education – Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning and Administration, and Innovation and Leadership. The rating system helps benchmark achievements and identify opportunities where faculty, administrators, staff, and students can be effective change agents.