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Paddle Georgia Summer Studio
The Paddle Georgia Summer Studio, an intensive 8 week course, offers an inter-disciplinary, experiential, and service-oriented opportunity to identify and address design challenges that will contribute to a clean water legacy in Georgia. This studio is undertaken in partnership with the Georgia River Network and participates in Paddle Georgia – an annual weeklong educational paddle trip down one of the state’s rivers – that sets the stage for the research, analysis, and design work carried out by the students and faculty. Our inaugural Paddle Georgia studio occured the Summer of 2011, during the Paddle Georgia trip down the Oconee River from Athens to Dublin, GA.
CED S-Suffix Courses
The “S” suffix was developed by the Service-Learning Curriculum Committee in 2007-08 and approved in Spring 2008 by the University Curriculum Committee.
Programs through the College of Environment & Design have involved students in designing service-learning studio “charrettes” to address preservation, architectural, landscape, and environmental issues for communities across Georgia as well as in Ghana, Croatia, and Thailand.
CED Faculty are working to add S-Suffix courses to our already engaging curriculum. Look for information to be posted here about specific S-Suffix courses offered each semester.
On June 11, 2006, Project Riverway, a multidisciplinary service learning project was launched. Project Riverway seeks to re-engage communities along the lower Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint with the rivers. With a focus on economic development, including affordable housing, downtown redevelopment, and providing recommendations for community amenities, Project Riverway also sought to provide communities with real tools and products to attract tourists to the region. Heritage and Eco-tourism efforts focus on the environmental assets of the area, most notably the rivers, along with the significant historic and cultural remnants. Protecting the resources that exist, utilizing them as an economic engine, and providing opportunities for growth are vital to this region since current poverty rates are among the highest in Georgia.
UGA Office of Service Learning
The mission of the UGA Office of Service-Learning (OSL) is to promote and support the development of quality academic service-learning experiences in response to critical community needs through a range of faculty and instructional development programs, services, and funding opportunities.