Still Time to Register for Atlanta Regional Housing Forum – Tomorrow, December 3

There is still time to register for the last Atlanta Regional Housing Forum of 2014 – set for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 3 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Free parking is available across the street from St. Luke’s.


The theme of this Forum is:

University Roles and Relationships in Communities

Metro Atlanta is home to 57 colleges and universities with nearly 300,000 students enrolled each year, ranking 7th in the nation in enrollment. These institutions generate nearly $11 billion in economic impact, create 130,000 jobs and pay $3 billion in state and local taxes. Their impact on communities can’t be overstated.

When a higher education institution operates within a neighborhood or community, there is often an engagement with community economic development. In many instances, formalized programs are developed and roles and relationships are deepened for the mutual benefit of the institution and the community. What is the role of a university in their home community? How are relationships created and maintained? Why is it important for a university to be in a community? And how can the community benefit from the relationship?

At this Housing Forum, we’ll explore the world of university roles in communities and speak with professionals in these anchor institutions.


Dr. Elizabeth Fuller is an associate project director at the Georgia Health Policy Center at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of Georgia State University. Much of her work is in the intersection of research and policy and the translation of scientific findings to multiple audiences and stakeholder groups. Dr. Fuller manages and directs the Health Impact Assessment and Health in All Policies work of the GHPC. Dr. Fuller will discuss GSU’s commitment to health in communities.

Dr. Michael J. Rich is associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Community Partnerships at Emory University. He is the author of Federal Policymaking and the Poor (Princeton University Press, 1993), and several publications on federalism and a variety of urban public policy topics, including community development, housing and homelessness, crime, and economic development. His current research focuses on community building and collaborative approaches to poverty reduction, neighborhood revitalization strategies, and welfare reform, particularly concerning issues relating to the accessibility of low-income households to job opportunities and related support services.

Dr. Jacqueline Royster is Dean of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She holds the Ivan Allen Jr. Dean’s Chair in Liberal Arts and Technology, and is Professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Her research centers on rhetorical studies, literacy studies, and women’s studies, areas in which she has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Royster is a strong advocate for Georgia Tech’s outreach into the Westside neighborhoods.


9:00 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions – Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank

9:45 a.m. – Presentations

10:45 a.m. – Discussion

11:45 a.m. – Adjourn

Please remember, the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum is a free event, but registration is requested. We also ask that you consider bringing non-perishable food items for donation to The Atlanta Community Food Bank.


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