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Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

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Emory University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Taylor Spicer
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
Emory University offers several venues for immersive, sustainability-focused, experiences. Each of these programs includes a combination of in-class and off-campus activities to provide students both with training in the history and theory of sustainability as well as in the field experiences. 1)Undergraduate Environmental Sciences Internships: Emory University offers undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Environmental Sciences (ENVS) the opportunity to receive academic credit for off-campus, paid or unpaid internships in environmental or climate-based realms. In order to qualify, students must receive approval from the ENVS Department in advance of starting the internship, and then enroll in ENVS 497 in the fall semester after the internship has been completed. This course meets approximately every other week (8 sessions) during the fall semester. The internship itself must consist of at least 160 hours of work. Grading is based on class readings, assignments, and participation in class discussion - which allow each class member to process their summer internship experience, then further develop networking skills, the ability to research future career pathways, and develop a career plan that extends forward through graduation. Website URL: http://envs.emory.edu/home/undergraduate/internship-program.html 2)Community Building & Social Change Fellows Program (CBSC): Through academic coursework, an intensive, paid 10-week internship summer field experience, site visits, small group meetings, and public presentations, CBSC Fellows have opportunities to see firsthand the critical role that collaboration plays in the resolution of important public issues. They can also hone the skills needed to transform their passion for social justice into meaningful actions that revitalize communities and promote positive and lasting social change. Past experiences include Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhoods to establish a baseline county for affordable housing around Buford Highway, diversifying DeKalb County Parks and Recreation, and sustainable development with the Coalition for a Diverse DeKalb. Website URL: http://community.emory.edu/programs/cbsc.html 3)Turner Environmental Law Clinic: The Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides important pro bono legal representation to individuals, community groups, and nonprofit organizations that seek to protect and restore the natural environment for the benefit of the public. Through its work, the clinic offers students an intense, hands-on introduction to environmental law and trains the next generation of environmental attorneys. The key matters occupying their docket — fighting for clean and sustainable energy, promoting regenerative agriculture and local food systems, and protecting our natural resources — are among the most critical issues for our city, state, region, and nation. Each year, the Clinic enrolls up to 24 Emory Law students. Website URL: http://law.emory.edu/academics/clinics/faculty-led-clinics/turner-environmental-law-clinic.html 4)International Humanitarian Law Clinic: The International Humanitarian Law Clinic works directly with international tribunals, militaries, non-government organizations, and other entities to enhance protections during wartime and ensure accountability for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. The students accepted into the Clinic learn more than the practice of law — they are working in the United States and abroad to minimize the devastating consequences of war for soldiers and civilians. Website URL: https://law.emory.edu/academics/clinics/faculty-led-clinics/international-humanitarian-law-clinic.html 5)Urban Health Initiative (UHI): The Urban Health Initiative works to provide health disparities education and advocacy, build collaborative partnerships and develop best practice models with low-resourced communities and those who work with them to advance equity in health and well-being. UHI follows Emory’s Place-Based Strategy for Community Engagement within Emory’s Strategic Plan 2005-2015. This approach focuses in 5 priority areas (NPU-V/Pittsburgh Mechanicsville, East Lake, Edgewood, Northwest Atlanta, and Clarkston) and additional focal areas in the Atlanta community where Emory seeks to concentrate its impact. Staff and volunteers include members of Emory’s undergraduate schools, masters programs, and community members. Website URL: http://urbanhealthinitiative.emory.edu/index.html 6) Breaking the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities in Children: Break the Cycle is a collaborative interdisciplinary research and training program to cultivate leadership in children’s environmental health disparities. The target populations are communities where the environmental hazards are related to circumstances of social and economic disadvantage. University students from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to develop projects that will “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities” among vulnerable children. The students work with their academic mentors and the Break the Cycle Faculty to bring the project to successful completion, present the results of their work at a national conference, and write an article for publication in an international journal. Website URL: https://www.breakthecycleprogram.org/ 7)Freiburg Environmental Studies and Sustainability Study-Abroad Program: Emory University, in partnership with Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, offers students a semester long study-abroad opportunity focused on the eco-friendly industry which has developed in Freiburg, Germany. Students can take courses in environmental studies, forest ecology, and sustainable innovation – many of which include outdoor research activities in the Black Forest and Rhine River Valley. Courses are designed as three-week modules with an emphasis on hands-on study and experiences with ecological processes and human effects on the environment. Included in the program is also a carbon-offset for the approximate round-trip air travel of each student. Website URL: https://www.iesabroad.org/study-abroad/programs/freiburg-environmental-studies-sustainability 8)The Ethics and Servant Leadership Program (EASL): EASL offers students an opportunity to participate in summer internships, alternative Spring Break trips, and the Forum (an academic year program lasting 22 weeks) while teaching students about service and community involvement. The Servant Leader Summer internship requires a minimum of 270 hours of service. Many of these opportunities provide sustainability-focused immersive experiences, including placements at Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Decatur High School Community Garden, The Carter Center, Greening Youth Foundation, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, Urban League, CARE, and Gaia Gardens. Website URL: http://www.ethics.emory.edu/pillars/citizenship/EASL/ 9)Environmental Sciences Service-Learning Course (ENVS 491): This program allows students to combine environmental concerns with the planning and implementation of community-based projects over the course of a semester. In the Spring 2020 course, students applied their accumulated knowledge from their undergraduate experience at Emory to simulate a consultant/client model. The consultant model allows students to apply theories and concepts learned in other classes to a practical situation. 10)Emory COP Delegation: Emory has sent a delegation to the UN Climate Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC since 2015. The delegations were led by Emory faculty and included undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff members. A course component exists for this program, as ENVS 426 is offered to students selected to participate in a one-week fieldwork trip to the U.N. Climate Change Negotiation as a part of Emory's delegation. The course explores interdisciplinary climate change issues from science, policy, and business perspectives. In 2017, Fourteen students and faculty represented Emory at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) November 6-17 in Bonn Germany Website URL: http://climate.emory.edu/education/UN_COP_Delegation.html 11)Social Enterprise at Goizueta Business School: A directed study open to all students at Emory University, the travel module allows students to study and learn in the classroom and then experience it firsthand. A course-based trip, the module provides students a chance to study and experience issues related to sustainable economic development in Latin America through both class meetings on campus and a 9 day experience in El Salvador, Nicaragua, or Guatemala. Website URL: https://goizueta.emory.edu/faculty/social-enterprise/programs 12)Emory Alternative Breaks: Emory offers various trips that tackle social justice and sustainability concerns across the Southeast. Trips over fall break are 4 days in length and trips over spring break are 7 to 10 days. One example is Interconnected: Rethinking Place and Community in Charleston, SC. Students on the trip explored the interrelated nature of housing injustice and homelessness, racial injustice and discrimination, and environmental injustice through a critical examination of how people conceptualize and interact with their place and their community. Website URL: http://community.emory.edu/programs/alternative-breaks.html 13)The Farmworker Family Health Program: The Farmworker Family Health Program is an inter-professional, in-country, cultural immersion service learning experience. Each summer in June, select undergraduate and graduate students from the Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, University of Georgia School of Pharmacy, Georgia State University and Brenau University Departments of Physical Therapy, Clayton State University and Central Georgia Tech College Departments of Dental Hygiene spend two weeks delivering vital health care to farm workers and their children in a farming community in southwest Georgia. Website URL: http://www.nursing.emory.edu/student-life/service-learning/farmworker-family-health-program.html 14)Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI): The two main objective of the Emory Global Health Institute are to foster global health scholarships and help train the next generation of global health leaders. EGHI has many innovative multidisciplinary learning experiences, with programs and activities such as Emory Global Health Care Competitions, Field Scholars Award Program (usually a least one semester in length), Global Health Scholars Symposium/Hackathon, Global Health Student Photography Contest, and Student Advisory Committee. Website URL: http://www.globalhealth.emory.edu/what/student_programs/index.html 15)Masters in Development Practice (MDP): The Master's in Development Practice (MDP) program at Emory combines experiential learning and field-based practicum with rigorous academic training in a broad range of disciplines to meet the challenge of sustainable development. This integrated approach aims to produce a new generation of development professionals - prepared and committed to serving as catalysts to vulnerable people's own efforts to pursue livelihood security, economic opportunity, and meaningful empowerment. Emory's MDP program is a two year course of study and practice that builds on an organic fusion of core scientific disciplines, development themes, and pragmatic skills. The program capitalizes on its partnership with prestigious development-oriented institutions, like CARE, the Carter Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These partners' global reach, and the grassroots experience of collaborating organizations in the global South, will provide students with invaluable exposure to the way development practitioners operate in the real world and with a perspective on the different institutional contexts in which they will serve after completion of their degrees. Website URL: http://web.gs.emory.edu/mdp/

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