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Webinar: Secrets for a Strong Course Affiliation Program
March 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
What are the secrets to a strong course affiliation program? Drawing on the successful affiliation program at Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, this webinar will seek to support participants in identifying feasible strategies for starting or growing their own affiliation programs. We will focus on what is necessary to: cultivate relationships with faculty from a diversity of departments; support their course development when they don’t see themselves as sustainability “experts”; equip them to engage community partners; and enrich the experiences of the students who take their courses, upping the odds that those students will engage with other programs you offer.
Ruth Yow, Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ruthie joined Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain in 2017. As a Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist, her work focuses on deepening the capacity of faculty and students to understand and act on equity as central to the creation of sustainable communities. Specifically, she supports course and project development around themes such as Water, Green Infrastructure, & Citizen Science; and Equitable and Sustainable Development. Her recent sustainability-related public scholarship includes the 2018 Saporta Report piece, “Citizen Scientists Gathering Information to Inform Policy Decisions in West Atlanta.” Before coming to Serve-Learn-Sustain, her research and teaching engaged equity at the intersection of race, power, and education in the American South. Her book, Students of the Dream: Resegregation in a Southern City, documents the erosion of educational opportunity in metro Atlanta schools and how to address that deepening crisis; it was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. This background in educational equity research equipped her to nurture inclusion and social-justice-focused programming at Serve-Learn-Sustain, which encompasses student-facing programs, course development, and faculty development.
Rebecca Watts Hull, Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rebecca Watts Hull is an environmental sociologist with professional experience in environment education and advocacy. She is a Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist for the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain and an Adjunct Academic Professional in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) is the Institute’s Quality Enhancement Plan – a campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to “create sustainable communities” in partnership with community, nonprofit, business, and academic stakeholders.
Dr. Watts Hull’s research and teaching interests include environmental history and governance, sustainability, campus-based leadership and advocacy, and social movements. Most recently, her dissertation research examined variation in commitment to local and sustainable food purchasing and the impacts of student-led Real Food campaigns on U.S. college campuses. Her work with Serve-Learn-Sustain centers on connecting faculty and their teaching with community partners to advance student understanding and skills related to building sustainable communities.
Before coming to Georgia Tech, Rebecca served as Director of Mothers & Others for Clean Air, an Atlanta-based program to engage citizens in clean air initiatives and advocacy. Her past professional work also includes science and environmental curriculum design, including contributions to California’s Education and the Environment Initiative, and service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and Uganda. Rebecca received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bucknell University, a Master of Science degree from University of Michigan in Natural Resources and Environment, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in History and Sociology of Technology and Science.