Community of Practice: Technology and Experiential Education for Public Good
Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) is a service-learning center that facilitates course projects on equity and sustainability with community partners, especially grassroots groups in low income neighborhoods and communities of color. SLS will use PIT-UN funding to facilitate a 2021 Community of Practice (CoP) comprising engineering faculty and students, grassroots partners, Georgia Tech’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office (IDEI) and its Career Center. CoP objectives are to establish a PIT career pipeline program in collaboration with IDEI and the Career Centers, with a special focus on underrepresented students, and to build relationships between our engineering schools and our partners that result in greater PIT-project capacity for both.
Inclusive Tech Entrepreneurship Program (ITEP)
The Inclusive Tech Entrepreneurship Program (ITEP) will create a career training and placement model targeting college students with disabilities and from underrepresented minorities who are interested in becoming Public Interest Technology (PIT) entrepreneurs. Focusing on challenges specifically related to the disability divide and racial equity, ITEP will provide instruction, mentorships, externships, and business coaching to nurture a new generation of entrepreneurs. We will also work with the project partners to define PIT entrepreneurship. ITEP will provide a unique opportunity for students with disabilities and from underrepresented minorities to launch their startups to address social problems caused by non-inclusive technology.
The Southeast Region PIT Faculty Fellows Program
The Southeast Region PIT Faculty Fellows program will create and demonstrate collaborations between technologists and social scientists centered around the historic and continued equity challenges of the Southeast region and provide a model for regional PIT work focused on place-based challenges.
Ellen Zegura, Professor, Computer Science