Apr 18: Emory and Clarkston

A Facilitated Conversation and Organizational Meeting hosted by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Engaged Learning Program

Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A light dinner will be served

In collaboration with the Center for Civic and Community Engagement (Campus Life) the Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship Fellows (IDEAS, Institute for Liberal Arts), the Ethics and Servant Leadership Program (Center for Ethics), the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing), Clarkston-Rollins Connection (Rollins School of Public Health), Scholars and Service Program (Emory Scholars, Emory College)

Clarkston, Georgia, five miles from Emory University’s main campus, is a city with deep roots in Georgia’s history and also highly international.  As the city’s website notes: “Since 1990, the city has served as an asylum for refugees from Asia, Africa, and beyond, garnishing its title as ‘the most diverse square mile in America.’ Within the city’s 1.1 square miles over 60 languages are spoken by local residents.”  During these same years, Emory University has partnered with multiple government and non-profit organizations in Clarkston.  In addition to long-standing partnerships and programs, new opportunities have emerged.  Nevertheless, it is not always clear -- for the community partners, Clarkston’s governmental offices, funders, or faculty, staff and students at Emory -- where Emory is engaged in Clarkston and what “engaged” means.  In light of the emerging university priority of “Deeper Engagement with Atlanta,” there is a clear need to understand, together, where we are and we can go.

Focusing especially on community engaged learning, we invite Emory faculty, staff and student leaders who are currently engaged in Clarkston or who have specific plans for engagement in the near future to a facilitated conversation that will include discussion of a proposed University Learning Community in Fall 2017 that would focus on Clarkston and include faculty, staff, students, and community partners as well as representatives from other institutions of higher education.

Registered participants will be contacted in advance of the meeting to better organize our time together.

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