The CEHD will strengthen its leadership in recognizing and responding to the complexities of cities and urban communities.
The CEHD will remain dedicated to understanding and addressing the complex issues facing individuals and families living in urban areas. The CEHD will remain dedicated to assisting the education, health and human service institutions and organizations located in these urban settings as they design and implement programs and practices to provide services that employ evidence-based practices. This dedication will continue to be infused in our teaching, research and community engagement. Building upon the strengths of faculty, staff, and students the College will collaborate with various stakeholders in the development of effective education and health solutions that meet the needs of cities and their diverse residents.
Initiative 3.1: Increase collaboration with community members and organizations.
A significant portion of our research and engagement portfolios will continue to be represented by studies embedded in community settings. Faculty, staff, and students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to strengthen relationships with community organizations (e.g., board membership, grant writing, etc.) so as to be part of shaping policies at the local and state levels. The CEHD will maintain a list of community collaborations to promote these activities, encourage others to support current work, and evaluate efforts to address this initiative.
Initiative 3.2. Support the education of refugee and immigrant populations.
One aspect of Atlanta’s growing as an urban center has been the growing refugee and immigrant populations. Members of our faculty are currently involved with schools and community and civic groups around the city. The CEHD will establish an interdisciplinary relationship/ mechanism across our college, and potentially with other Georgia State college(s) to coordinate scholarship and community engagement; set an agenda moving forward; and coordinate the search for external funds.