RCE Greater Atlanta - Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) Action Group


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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 regional level through education and training. Brings together universities and colleges with nonprofit, community, government, and business partners. 


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.

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1) Sustainable Development Research Seminar Series
Lead: Bruce Stiftel, bruce.stiftel@gatech.edu; Michael Black, seawater@gsu.edu
See below for upcoming and past seminars.
 

2 Expanding SDG Teaching Resources for Higher Education
Lead: Rebecca Watts Hull, rwattshull@gatech.edu; Evan Mallen, esmallen@gatech.edu
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, 2021 here

Read a detailed description of the Feb 23, 2021 workshop and access related resources here.
 

RCE-Award3) AGSC Symposium/RCE & RCE Youth Track 
Lead: Sebnem Ozkan, sebnem.ozkan@gatech.edu; Mona Ray, Mona.Ray@morehouse.edu

This year's Symposium will take place from April 20-23, 2021. This annual SYmposium features a day-long track or panels presented by RCE HELC, including a youth panel. For further information and to register, 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. 

4) Annual EQUINOX: UN SDGs SymposiumEquinox-logo
Lead: Pegah Zamani, pzamani@kennesaw.edu; Binbin Jiang, bjiang@kennesaw.edu

Equinox Website

 

Spring 2021 Events

Annual Atlanta Global Studies Symposium, April 20-23, 2021
Symposium webpage


This annual Symposium addresses a multitude of SDGs and also features a panel by RCE Greater Atlanta on “Building Partnerships for SDGs: Academics and Nonprofit Organizations Reflect on Collaboration Opportunities and Challenges as well as an RCE Americas Youth panel. These panels, both taking place on April 21 in the afternoon, are presented as an RCE HELC action group project. The Symposium also includes keynotes addressing immigration, African diaspora and racial justice, panels on global health and peace education as well as K16 sessions, including one on “Educating Global Citizens: Teaching the U.N. SDGs through a Global Competence Framework” For further information and to register, please visit the Symposium Webpage

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4th Annual EQUINOX Symposium: United Nations Sustainable Development GoalsEquinox-logo

The EQUINOX seeks to catalyze pathways of multidisciplinary scholarship and partnership on the UN SDGs among institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. Specifically, this year, the symposium focuses on the intersections of Good Health and Well-being & Climate Action.

Date + Time: Monday, March 15th, 2021 | 10:00 AM -3:00 PM
Venue: Online
RSVP for the event [the registration is free but required]

The multi-sponsored initiative has been part of the Annual EQUINOX Week -- a week dedicated to a diverse set of multidisciplinary programs and events on sustainable development within the KSU and beyond. The symposium is also one of the focused projects of the RCE Greater Atlanta, Higher Ed Learning Community (HELC) -- a working 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.
 

Going Global: A Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Curriculum Design WorkshopSDG workshop

Feb 23 | 11am-12:30pm

How can we expand and enhance SDG integration in college teaching—at Atlanta-area colleges and universities, and beyond? On February 23, 2021, the RCE Greater Atlanta’s HELC project “Expanding SDG Teaching Resources” presented “Going Global: A Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Curriculum Design Workshop.” The workshop involved close to 50 faculty members from 14 colleges and universities across the U.S., Europe, and South America, all interested in teaching with the SDGs. A number of the participants learned about the workshop through the University Global Coalition, a group of higher education leaders from across the globe who work together to advance the SDGs through education, research, service, and campus operations. Through advance preparation and a 90-minute virtual workshop, we provided resources and mentored participants through a modified course design process to begin integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their teaching units, courses, and even across departments for some participants. Read a detailed description of the workshop and access related resources here. Dr. Shatakshee Dhongde at Georgia Tech, Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks with Spelman College, and Dr. Richard Milligan at Georgia State provided recordings describing how they have integrated the SDGs into their courses. View their presentations here and here.
 

Sustainable Development Research Seminar Series

* The open access research seminar videos are also available at Prof. Bruce Stiftel's Youtube channel. They are in a Playlist called RCE Greater Atlanta: and accessible from the Channel landing page.

Spring 2021

Spring 2021

Raymond

Friday, January 22 | 12:00 Noon - 1:15 pm
Migration following Hurricane Michael: Evidence from the Consumer Credit Panel
Elora Raymond, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Tech
Seminar recording

Schaumann

Friday, February 26 | 12:00 Noon - 1:15 pm
Alexander von Humboldt’s Proto-Ecological Thinking
Caroline Schaumann, Professor of German Studies, Emory University
To request access to the seminar recording, please contact Dr. Schaumann at cshaum@emory.edu.

Keyvanfar

Friday, March 19 | 12:00 Noon - 1:15 pm
Sustainable Construction Neighborhood: The way forward
Ali Keyvanfar, Assistant Professor of Construction Management, Kennesaw State University
Seminar recording
*Presented in conjunction with the 4th Annual EQUINOX Week at KSU: UN SDGs (March 15-19, 2021)


Fall 2020

Fall2020

Lepegna

Friday, November 20 | 12:00 Noon - 1:15 pm
The Politics of GM Crops and Agrochemical Exposure in Argentina
Pablo Lapegna, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, University of Georgia
Seminar recording

Osborne-Jelks

Friday, October 23 | 12:00 Noon - 1:15 pm
Taking Science to the Streets: Community Science and Participatory Approaches to Improve Environment, Health, and Quality of Life in Urban Areas
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Health Sciences, Spelman College
Seminar recording

Iwanec

Friday, September 25 | 12:00 Noon - 1:15 pm
A Social-Ecological-Technological Systems (SETS) approach to advancing urban systems science
David M. Iwaniec, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University
 


Spring 2020

Gunderson

Friday, January 31 | 12:00 Noon - 1:30 pm
Theories for Sustainable Futures
Lance Gunderson, Professor and Chair, Environmental Sciences, Emory University
Atwood Center, Rm 360, 1515 Dickey Drive, Emory University



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Contact:
RCE HELC Co-Leads:
Sebnem Ozkan (Atlanta Global Studies Center, Georgia Tech), sebnem.ozkan@gatech.edu
Michael Black (Neuroscience Institute and Urban Studies Institute, GSU), seawater@gsu.edu
Jairo Garcia (School of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Tech), jairo.garcia@design.gatech.edu

Spring 2021 HELC Monthly Meeting Calendar
12-1 pm on Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, June 9 
Contact sebnem.ozkan@gatech.edu 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. 
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