About RCE HELC
RCE Greater Atlanta is a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, acknowledged by the United Nations University, is a regional sustainability network that supports implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals at the local level through education and training. The network brings together universities and colleges with nonprofit, community, government, and business partners.
The Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) is an RCE Greater Atlanta action group that aims to facilitate faculty and research-active student engagement with the SDGs in a collective learning environment. Participants include faculty and research-active students from Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia.
HELC aims to create a dynamic network of research and teaching faculty, practitioners, youth, and community partners in Greater Atlanta who work together to offer research seminars, symposia, curricular resources, teaching workshops, and a variety of publications to advance the SDGs in education, research, and service across campuses in the region as well as among the US (North American) higher education community as a whole.
In November 2021, two HELC projects received RCE Awards from the United Nations University. We are proud that we now have three award-winning HELC projects! Read the news release here.
RCE Awards celebrate projects and programs on Education for Sustainable Development within the Global RCE Network, honoring RCEs who have made outstanding contributions to address local sustainable development challenges in their regions. The Award recognizes projects and programs that bridge local and global perspectives on sustainable development, those that engage with transformative learning and research, and initiatives that contribute to community engagement, research & development and capacity development of stakeholders and partners. Read More.
1) RCE Track at the annual Atlanta Global Studies Symposium
Lead: Stuart Minson, firstname.lastname@example.org; Michael Black, email@example.com
This annual Symposium takes place in April and features a day-long track of panels presented by RCE HELC, including a youth panel. For further information please visit the Symposium Webpage.
In February 2020, United Nations University recognized this HELC project by an Award for Innovative Projects on Education for Sustainable Development, Honorable Mention for SDG 4 Quality Education. Read the press release.
In November 2021, United Nations University recognized this HELC project by an Award for "Acknowledged Flagship Project" on Education for Sustainable Development, SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals; Thematic Category: Curriculum Development. Press release forthcoming.
Community of Practice on Teaching with the SDGs
This group is a community of educators from multiple colleges and universities in Georgia. Members are all teaching with the SDGs or working with faculty who do so, in our own institutions. The aim of this CoP is to support effective SDG teaching through resource sharing, peer-to-peer learning, and networking. The CoP was founded by educational developers and sustainability professionals from Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University and the University of Georgia and it has since expanded to include educators from other Georgia institutions.
2023 – 2024
"Strategies for Addressing Barriers to Curricular Integration of the SDGs"
Friday, November 10th, 2pm – 3:30pm, via Zoom
- “Challenges of Community of Engagement Teaching and Research”
Dr. Miné Hashas-Degertekin, Associate AIA, School of Architecture, Kennesaw State University
- “(Re)defining Sustainable Fashion Education Through Activism and Care”
Sara Idacavage, PhD Candidate, Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors, University of Georgia
- “Bringing Context and Emotional Learning: A Social-Technical Project-Based Approach with SDGs”
Dr. Raghuram Pucha, Principal Academic Professional, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
“Empowering Students to Lead Change through SDG Teaching”
Friday, September 22nd, 2pm – 3:30pm, via Zoom
- “Using the SDGs to frame research teams”
Kirk Bowman, Professor of International Affairs, Georgia Tech
- “Empowerment in Hard Times: Hope, Activism, and Being In the Moment”
Chris Cuomo, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia
- “The UN SDGs as a Study Abroad Framework”
Dori Pap, Managing Director of the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact
2020 – 2022
Building Effective ESD in Higher Education through Multi-Institutional and Community Collaboration
Lead: Rebecca Watts Hull, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read about the "Think Globally,Teach Locally" Workshop, Feb 19, 2020 here.
- Read about the "Going Global: A Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Curriculum Design Workshop", Feb 23, and access related resources here.
- Read about the Faculty Learning Community Teaching with the SDGs here.
Looking for help incorporating ESD into your teaching? Explore these resources developed through this RCE project and by member institutions:
In November 2021, United Nations University recognized this three-pronged project supported through RCE HELC as well as the AGREC initiative housed within AGSC by an Award for "Acknowledged Flagship Project" on Education for Sustainable Development, SDG 4: Quality Education; Thematic Category: Curriculum Development.
Sustainable Development Research Seminar
"Climate Justice and Our Children's Health"
Friday, January 19, 12pm-1:15pm | Rm 204 Convocation Hall | Emory University + online via Zoom
Rebecca Philipsborn, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health
Friday, February 9 | TBC | UGA
Tish Yager, Professor of Marine Science, University of Georgia
"Sustain the Lifeline: How transit disruptions affect poverty and unemployment"
Friday, November 10 | 12pm – 1:15pm ET | GSU College of Law, Room 246, Georgia State University
Dr. Fei Li, Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University
"Sustaining Hope: Building Collaborative Resilience in Post-Conflict Societies"
Friday, October 13 | 12pm – 1:15pm ET | SCMPD House, Room 117, Kennesaw State University
Dr. Volker Franke, Professor of Conflict Management in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University
"The New York Climate Exchange and Sustainable Sanitation: Global Collaboration and the Reinvented Toilet"
Friday, September 8 | 12pm – 1:15pm ET | Swann 106, Georgia Institute of Technology and Zoom
Dr. Shannon Yee, Associate Professor at the G.W.W. School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Friday, February 26
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Caroline Schaumann, Professor of German Studies, Emory University
To request access to the seminar recording, please contact Dr. Schaumann at email@example.com.
Theories for Sustainable Futures
Friday, January 31
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Atwood Center, Rm 360, 1515 Dickey Drive, Emory University
Lance Gunderson, Professor and Chair, Environmental Sciences, Emory University
Meetings and Contacts
Contact RCE HELC Co-Leads:
Stuart Minson (Atlanta Global Studies Center, Georgia Tech), firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Black (Neuroscience Institute and Urban Studies Institute, GSU), email@example.com
Bruce Stiftel (School of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Tech), firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2023 HELC Monthly Meeting:
Contact email@example.com for the meeting URL
HELC participants include faculty and research-active students from Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia.