Westside Communities Alliance's Fifth Anniversary Symposium

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The symposium will spotlight the past and future work of the Westside Communities Alliance at Georgia Tech through a series of panels, workshops, a featured lunch speaker, a gallery, and a partner-recognition ceremony. More at: wcafiveyearsymposium.eventbrite.com 

       I.            Opening Plenary (9:00-10:15am)

Purpose: Highlight campus and community partners; highlight WCA guiding principles and values; provide overview of the activities for the day; describe the awards

Opening Partner Reflections (3 partners, 10 minutes)

Welcome & Opening (Dean Jacqueline Jones Royster, 10 minutes)

How Should Colleges and Universities Engage in Community Development Highlight Video (4 min)

Partner Reflections (3 partners, 10 minutes)

Presentation: WCA Community Engagement Principles / Community Development Values (10 min)

Partner Reflections (3 partners, 10 minutes)

Workshops Pitch and Awards Preview (10 min)

Closing Partner Reflections (3 partners, 10 minutes)


    II.            Workshop Circuit (10:30am-12:30pm)

Purpose: Expose participants to three workshops focused on community building aimed towards achieving genuine equality i.e.: quality jobs, high-quality integrated education, and decent affordable housing.

Arts for Genuine Equality (30 minutes)

Participants choose one of three options on how to use the arts for community building to promote and address major issues for westside communities. The three areas will include: connecting communities with arts performances; capturing community narratives; and using arts activities for community education.

Data for Genuine Equality (30 minutes)

For this session, participants will use the WCA Data Dashboard to assess three projects to determine where it could have the most impact in the area of quality education and living-wage jobs.  The three projects will focus on youth education and development, a youth diversion site, and workforce development.

Development for Genuine Equality (30 minutes)

This session would offer participants the opportunity to learn more about three areas of community development that are relevant for Georgia Tech and westside communities focused on jobs, housing, and sustainability.    


 III.            Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address (12:45-3:00pm)

WCA Five-Year Video (5 minutes)

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Mindy Fullilove Keynote Address and Table Activity (60 minutes)

Renaissance in the Belly of the Killer Whale Sneak Preview

Giveaways, Acknowledgements, Closing 


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  • Created By:Rachel Miles
  • Created:03/11/2016
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:04/13/2017