AGSC/AGREC Present: Water quality monitoring network for highly impacted urban headwaters in metro Atlanta

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Please join us for an exciting series of presentations and learn about the globally-oriented, community-engaged research and education projects that have brought together faculty and students from diverse disciplines and multiple colleges/universities across the Greater Atlanta region.

The first event is on 

Friday, Oct 22 | 12-1 pm.  

Water quality monitoring network for highly impacted urban headwaters in metro Atlanta (GA) 
Flyer including abstract [PDF]

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  • Richard Milligan, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Georgia State University
  • Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences, Spelman College 

Abstract: To address the global issue of water quality degradation from cities, this project has built upon relationships between Spelman College, GSU, NGOs, and community-based watershed advocacy organizations to better identify and address sewage spills in Atlanta. We developed a community-based water quality monitoring network in watersheds totaling 300 square-miles of highly urbanized and densely populated headwaters of two rivers in metro Atlanta, providing greater regulatory effectiveness, better relations between impacted communities and watersheds, and new opportunities to improve both watershed and public health. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, American Rivers, and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance have assisted with creating a system whereby students at Spelman and GSU processed water quality samples routinely collected by community members of the South River Watershed Alliance, Flint Riverkeeper, and ECO-Action. 


The Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) is proud to lead these efforts and house the multi-institutional consortia, Atlanta Global Research & Education Collaborative (AGREC)

Please see below for further details about AGREC and upcoming presentations.



Wed, October 27 | 12 - 1 pm EST
Growing Intercultural Competence for Peace and Mediation: The Case Study Method in the Foreign Language Classroom
Flyer including abstract [PDF]

  • Hyoun-A Joo, Assistant Professor of German, Georgia Tech
  • Barbara Drescher, Acting Director of German Studies, Agnes Scott College
  • Lina Tuschling, TRENDS Global

Wed, November 3 | 11 am - 12pm EST
Advancing a Community-Based Participatory Research Model for Metropolitan Regional Immigrant Integration and Receptivity through the One Region Initiative
Flyer including abstract [PDF]

  • Allen Hyde, Assistant Professor, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Tech
  • Cathy Liu, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Public Management and Policy, Georgia State University

Fri, November 5 | 11 am - 12 pm EST
The Global Communities Internship Program
Flyer including abstract [PDF]

  • Philip Ojo, Professor of French, Agnes Scott College
  • Amber McCorkle, Education and Programs Director, Clarkston Community Center
  • Jongdae Kim, Co-Founder and ED, Re'Generation Movement
  • Monty Whitney, Director, Bonner Office of Community Service, Morehouse College
  • Johannes Kleiner, Associate Director, Civic Engagement, Emory University
  • Ruthie Yow, Service Learning & Partnerships Specialist, Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Tech

Wed, November 10 |  12  - 1 pm EST
Atlanta-area migrant communities and climate change: characterizing drivers of migration, exposure risks, and health vulnerabilities
Flyer including abstract [PDF]

  • Cassandra White, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Georgia State University
  • Rebecca P. Philipsborn, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University
  • Alexis Nkusi, MD, MPH, CPACS/Cosmo Health Center

Thu, December 2 | 10  - 11 am EST
Savings Lives in the Refugee Community: A Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation of Stop the Bleed
Flyer including abstract [PDF]

  • Iris Feinberg, PhD, Georgia State University
  • Mary Helen O'Connor, Courtesy Faculty, School of Public Health, Georgia State University;  Director, Center for Community Engagement, Perimeter College
  • Randi Nicole Smith, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Emory University; Trauma Surgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Deepika Koganti, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Emory School of Medicine
  • Amy Zeidan, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine


*The featured projects were funded through AGREC during AY 20-21. 

**AGREC has continued to grow this year and is proud to support 9 projects engaging faculty and students from 10 universities/colleges as well as 11 community partners during AY21-22.  We look forward to featuring their work next academic year! Further details will be available on the 
AGREC webpage soon!

New projects supported in AY 21-22:

o    Global Learning for a Lifetime: Supporting Black Students at Home and Abroad 

o    Realizing the Vision: Designing a Community Science Collaboratory for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

o    Writers Without Borders: A Human Rights Writing Project for Atlanta’s Migrant Youth

o    The Global Communities Internship Program  

o    Supporting Holocaust Education for Atlanta Area Preservice Teachers through Collaborative Research, Resources, and Partnerships

o    Connecting global and local: Curricular development and global partnership in a Korean specials class at a public elementary school

o    Bringing Native Science into Atlanta’s K-12 dual language immersion: Digital curriculum development and adaptation in an APS classroom

o    Cultural Sensitivity Workshop: Building Bridges 

o    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Southeastern German Classrooms [pending]


Launched in 2020 and housed within the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), AGREC is comprised of five universities:

  • AGSC, a partnership of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University

  • Emory University’s Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI)

  • Agnes Scott College’s SUMMIT Center for Global Learning and Leadership Development

  • Spelman College’s Gordon Zeto Center for Global Education

  • Kennesaw State University's Division of Global Affairs

The Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative (AGREC) seeks to build and strengthen collaborative networks of multi-institutional scholars and practitioners to support global research and education initiatives in the Greater Atlanta region.


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