The Annual EQUINOX Program: UN SDGs

About EQUINOX

Established in March 2017 as a platform to advocate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the annual EQUINOX*: UN SDGs is dedicated to socio-economic-ecological impacts of sustainability within the local-global framework. The initiative seeks to advance pathways of scholarship and partnership through multidisciplinary and inter-institutional programs focused on the interconnected Sustainable Development Goals. Through various disciplinary lenses, the EQUINOX unfolds cross-sectoral dialogue among higher education institutions, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates.

A multi-sponsored platform with local/national/international presenters and participants, the EQUINOX was one of the first initiatives in the region to pioneer a week-long series of programs dedicated to the SDGs. Every year, EQUINOX initiates a diverse set of multidisciplinary programs to promote research cross-pollination, team formation, and actions on SDGs from micro to macro scales – for people and the planet.

*The Spring EQUINOX marks the precise moment of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spring EQUINOX has been an ancestral festivity marking the New Year for several nations worldwide. The first Earth Day celebration was also held on the Spring EQUINOX, March 21st, 1970 (proposed as a global initiative by peace activist John McConnell at the National UNESCO Conference in 1969). The Equinoctial Earth Day has been celebrated by the United Nations annually thereafter with the ringing of the UN Peace Bell to call for world justice and peace.

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Annual EQUINOX: UN SDGs Week | Schedule

The multi-sponsored annual EQUINOX: SDGs Week is an entire week of multidisciplinary events across the KSU campuses and beyond focused on Sustainable Development Goals -- involving student volunteering programs, educational research sessions, and networking opportunities. Promoting strategic and shared goals, the EQUINOX: SDGs Week seeks to advance multidisciplinary research and collaboration among the KSU colleges and community through various programs, including the annual EQUINOX SUMMIT: UN SDGs; EQUINOX_Exhibit; Sustainable Development Awards; EQUINOX FORUM: Sustainability through Multiple Lenses; and Sustainable Development Career Pathways.

We look forward to you joining us.

7TH ANNUAL EQUINOX: UN SDGS WEEK

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    NeuroArts Blueprint

    Advancing the Science of Arts, Health, and Wellbeing

    PANEL SPEAKERS:

    Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Extramural Research of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
    Susan Magsamen, MAS, Founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, a pioneering neuroaesthetics initiative from the Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;  Co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint in partnership with the Aspen Institute. 

    Advancing the Science of Arts, Health, and Wellbeing as an initiative that is breaking new ground at the crossroads of science, the arts, and technology. Its mission is to cultivate an ecosystem for neuroarts, defined here as the transdisciplinary and extradisciplinary study of how the arts and aesthetic experiences measurably change the body, brain, and behavior, and how this knowledge is translated into specific practices that advance health and wellbeing. 

    As an academic and artistic arena, the Zuckerman Museum of Art is pleased to partner with the KSU Research Center for Sustainable Communities during the annual EQUINOX: SDGs to facilitate engaging lectures and exhibitions as presented through the lens of artistic practice and visual culture. The 2024 panel will focus on the arts serving as a catalyst for health and well-being.

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST) Platform: VIRTUAL The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw State University 

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    EQUINOX_Exhibit
     

    ZMA EXHIBITION > 

    REFLECTIONS: Honoring the Past

    Health and Wellness
     

    Arts, culture, and wellness are integral partners in the realization of healthier, more equitable lives for populations everywhere. As such, the arts are increasingly being included in health sciences education to improve providers’ diagnostic tools, empathy, resilience, and communication skills. Contemplative and impactful interactions with art, both via temporary exhibitions and museum collections, and the opportunities of interdisciplinary work between museum educators, art educators, and medical school partners envisioning meaningful collaborations is of great interest.

    This careful selection of works from the ZMA permanent collection considers the potential impact that learning organized around engagement with art can serve to enable a reconsideration of museum-based learning and how healthcare centers can unite in traditional and speculative programming as holistic centers of collaboration.

    Moreover, developments in the medical/therapy field and the opportunities of cross-disciplinary programming between the professional disciplines of health care and contemporary art museums, and curators envisioning the future of well-being and recovery, as well as processing personal loss and trauma through art museum experiences can be explored. Poignant in its concerns of shared trauma, grief, and loss confronted universally over the past several years, the works on display in this portion of the exhibition offer a platform to discuss and explore the human and sociocultural dimensions of illness, suffering, healing, and healthcare. Thus, illuminating empathy, grief, and loss as shared universal themes.

    Works specifically addressing these themes, among others on display, include:

    The Aftermath of Katrina: a Church and a Home, by African American artist Willie Birch documents the devasting loss of both a home and a place of worship and beckons viewers to consider how does one recover from such loss? How does one rebuild their life, their home, their community? How does one find the strength to do so?

    Grief is compellingly portrayed in the silkscreen print, I wish I could, by Russian artist Alexander Djikia. This work illustrates a man contemplating how the loss of life on 9/11 could have been prevented if only he could have built the twin towers differently as depicted in this artwork—if the planes could have flown through constructed openings of the buildings such devastation might not have occurred.

    Ukrainian artist Pavel Makov depicts toy soldiers as the main characters in his prints titled Soldiers I and Soldiers II. Although the artist chose a simple toy he played with as a child, given the context of current grim realities, one considers how this object is now viewed very differently.

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    (EST)
    The Melinda Jolley Mortin Gallery

    492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA)
    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw State University ZMA

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    Sustainable Futures Fellowship

    Project Presentations
    RCE Greater Atlanta's "SDG's Futures Fellowship" aims to increase education about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through youth leadership, community engagement, and professional development. The 2023-2024 fellows cohort represents a wide variety of backgrounds, academic interests and come from 9 Greater Atlanta Higher Education Institutions.  The fellows have worked closely with community organizations and local non-profit partners to build projects focused on sustainable development.  Please join us to hear brief presentations on each project and to give community feedback to the fellows to enhance their final deliverables. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)

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    RCE of Greater Atlanta, Kennesaw State University, and Georgia Tech Register

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    EQUINOX_EXHIBIT

    ZMA EXHIBITION >

    REFLECTIONS: HONORING THE PAST

    HEALTH AND WELLNESS

    Arts, culture, and wellness are integral partners in the realization of healthier, more equitable lives for populations everywhere. As such, the arts are increasingly being included in health sciences education to improve providers’ diagnostic tools, empathy, resilience, and communication skills. Contemplative and impactful interactions with art, both via temporary exhibitions and museum collections, and the opportunities of interdisciplinary work between museum educators, art educators, and medical school partners envisioning meaningful collaborations is of great interest.

    This careful selection of works from the ZMA permanent collection considers the potential impact that learning organized around engagement with art can serve to enable a reconsideration of museum-based learning and how healthcare centers can unite in traditional and speculative programming as holistic centers of collaboration.

    Moreover, developments in the medical/therapy field and the opportunities of cross-disciplinary programming between the professional disciplines of health care and contemporary art museums, and curators envisioning the future of well-being and recovery, as well as processing personal loss and trauma through art museum experiences can be explored. Poignant in its concerns of shared trauma, grief, and loss confronted universally over the past several years, the works on display in this portion of the exhibition offer a platform to discuss and explore the human and sociocultural dimensions of illness, suffering, healing, and healthcare. Thus, illuminating empathy, grief, and loss as shared universal themes.

    Works specifically addressing these themes, among others on display, include:The Aftermath of Katrina: a Church and a Home, by African American artist Willie Birch documents the devasting loss of both a home and a place of worship and beckons viewers to consider how does one recover from such loss? How does one rebuild their life, their home, their community? How does one find the strength to do so?

    Grief is compellingly portrayed in the silkscreen print, I wish I could, by Russian artist Alexander Djikia. This work illustrates a man contemplating how the loss of life on 9/11 could have been prevented if only he could have built the twin towers differently as depicted in this artwork—if the planes could have flown through constructed openings of the buildings such devastation might not have occurred.

    Ukrainian artist Pavel Makov depicts toy soldiers as the main characters in his prints titled Soldiers I and Soldiers II. Although the artist chose a simple toy he played with as a child, given the context of current grim realities, one considers how this object is now viewed very differently.

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    (EST)
    The Melinda Jolley Mortin Gallery

    492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA)
    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA),
    Kennesaw State University
    ZMA

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    Campus Sustainability Planning Workshop What is KSU’s carbon footprint? KSU is currently developing a long-term Greenhouse Gas Mitigation plan to reduce emissions from university activities, to be released in spring 2024. Join KSU’s Director of Sustainability and the consultant team developing this plan to understand the university’s current emissions footprint, and learn more about how energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and more have roles to play in KSU’s future.

    We welcome all students, faculty, and staff to join us and contribute to this exciting discourse on sustainable goals at KSU!

    Kennesaw Campus: 11:00am-12:00pm (EST)

    Marietta Campus: 2:00PM-3:00pm (EST)

    The Architecture (N) Building - The Pit

    Marietta Campus 640 Polytechnic Ln, Marietta, GA 30060

    Will be ALSO available virtually, registration to follow.

    Marietta Campus: Architecture Gallery N101

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    EQUINOX_Exhibit 

    ZMA EXHIBITION > 

    REFLECTIONS: Honoring the Past

    Health and Wellness

    Arts, culture, and wellness are integral partners in the realization of healthier, more equitable lives for populations everywhere. As such, the arts are increasingly being included in health sciences education to improve providers’ diagnostic tools, empathy, resilience, and communication skills. Contemplative and impactful interactions with art, both via temporary exhibitions and museum collections, and the opportunities of interdisciplinary work between museum educators, art educators, and medical school partners envisioning meaningful collaborations is of great interest.

    This careful selection of works from the ZMA permanent collection considers the potential impact that learning organized around engagement with art can serve to enable a reconsideration of museum-based learning and how healthcare centers can unite in traditional and speculative programming as holistic centers of collaboration.

    Moreover, developments in the medical/therapy field and the opportunities of cross-disciplinary programming between the professional disciplines of health care and contemporary art museums, and curators envisioning the future of well-being and recovery, as well as processing personal loss and trauma through art museum experiences can be explored. Poignant in its concerns of shared trauma, grief, and loss confronted universally over the past several years, the works on display in this portion of the exhibition offer a platform to discuss and explore the human and sociocultural dimensions of illness, suffering, healing, and healthcare. Thus, illuminating empathy, grief, and loss as shared universal themes.

    Works specifically addressing these themes, among others on display, include:

    The Aftermath of Katrina: a Church and a Home, by African American artist Willie Birch documents the devasting loss of both a home and a place of worship and beckons viewers to consider how does one recover from such loss? How does one rebuild their life, their home, their community? How does one find the strength to do so?

    Grief is compellingly portrayed in the silkscreen print, I wish I could, by Russian artist Alexander Djikia. This work illustrates a man contemplating how the loss of life on 9/11 could have been prevented if only he could have built the twin towers differently as depicted in this artwork—if the planes could have flown through constructed openings of the buildings such devastation might not have occurred.

    Ukrainian artist Pavel Makov depicts toy soldiers as the main characters in his prints titled Soldiers I and Soldiers II. Although the artist chose a simple toy he played with as a child, given the context of current grim realities, one considers how this object is now viewed very differently.

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    (EST)

    THE MELINDA JOLLEY MORTIN GALLERY

    492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA)

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw State University

    ZMA

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    The 7th Annual EQUINOX SUMMIT

    The 7th Annual EQUINOX SUMMIT is set to illuminate the critical issues of food and water insecurity with a theme deeply rooted in disruption. Building upon the success of previous symposiums, this year's event aims to showcase successful frameworks that have proven effective in addressing the challenges faced by communities worldwide. The focus on disruption underscores the need for innovative solutions and transformative approaches to tackle the pressing issues of food and water insecurity. As a multi-sponsored platform, the annual EQUINOX: SDGs continues to serve as a nexus for interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together diverse voices from institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. Join us as we explore and celebrate impactful strategies that drive positive change and sustainable development in the face of challenges within food and water systems.

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)

    The Architecture (N) Building - The Pit
    Marietta Campus 

    640 Polytechnic Ln, Marietta, GA 30060 

    Kennesaw State University

    The Lemelson Foundation

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    COFFEE WITH THE COLLABORATORY Through community science, researchers, scientists, and community members come together to advance knowledge and benefits for community priorities. Join us to meet our special event community partner: Rosario Hernandez from Historic Westside Gardens and learn more about project collaborations in Atlanta.  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EST) The Architecture (N) Building - The Pit
    Marietta Campus 

    640 Polytechnic Ln, Marietta, GA 30060

    Kennesaw State University

    *Vistor Parking Deck (P60): 1100 South Marietta Pkwy SE

    Greater Atlanta Community Science Collaboratory

    https://atlsciencecollaboratory.org/

    Research Center for Sustainable Communities (RCSC)

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    EQUINOX_Exhibit 

    ZMA EXHIBITION > 

    REFLECTIONS: Honoring the Past

    Health and Wellness

    Arts, culture, and wellness are integral partners in the realization of healthier, more equitable lives for populations everywhere. As such, the arts are increasingly being included in health sciences education to improve providers’ diagnostic tools, empathy, resilience, and communication skills. Contemplative and impactful interactions with art, both via temporary exhibitions and museum collections, and the opportunities of interdisciplinary work between museum educators, art educators, and medical school partners envisioning meaningful collaborations is of great interest.

    This careful selection of works from the ZMA permanent collection considers the potential impact that learning organized around engagement with art can serve to enable a reconsideration of museum-based learning and how healthcare centers can unite in traditional and speculative programming as holistic centers of collaboration.

    Moreover, developments in the medical/therapy field and the opportunities of cross-disciplinary programming between the professional disciplines of health care and contemporary art museums, and curators envisioning the future of well-being and recovery, as well as processing personal loss and trauma through art museum experiences can be explored. Poignant in its concerns of shared trauma, grief, and loss confronted universally over the past several years, the works on display in this portion of the exhibition offer a platform to discuss and explore the human and sociocultural dimensions of illness, suffering, healing, and healthcare. Thus, illuminating empathy, grief, and loss as shared universal themes.

    Works specifically addressing these themes, among others on display, include:

    The Aftermath of Katrina: a Church and a Home, by African American artist Willie Birch documents the devasting loss of both a home and a place of worship and beckons viewers to consider how does one recover from such loss? How does one rebuild their life, their home, their community? How does one find the strength to do so?

    Grief is compellingly portrayed in the silkscreen print, I wish I could, by Russian artist Alexander Djikia. This work illustrates a man contemplating how the loss of life on 9/11 could have been prevented if only he could have built the twin towers differently as depicted in this artwork—if the planes could have flown through constructed openings of the buildings such devastation might not have occurred.

    Ukrainian artist Pavel Makov depicts toy soldiers as the main characters in his prints titled Soldiers I and Soldiers II. Although the artist chose a simple toy he played with as a child, given the context of current grim realities, one considers how this object is now viewed very differently.

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    (EST)

    THE MELINDA JOLLEY MORTIN GALLERY

    492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144 

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA)

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw State University ZMA

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    EQUINOX_ Career Pathways>

    Career Connections: Sustainability 

    Discover the different paths you can take within different fields. Join us to meet a variety of companies that involve work in diverse sustainability areas. Map out your interests and major in real-world industries and begin charting your future career direction. All majors are encouraged to attend this interdisciplinary event.

    Timeline:

    • Welcome & Company Introductions (10 - 15 minutes) 
    • Panel Questions (15 minutes) 
    • Networking (30 minutes) 

    Note: Individuals without Handshake access can contact us directly for obtaining the Zoom details.

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EST)

    Platform: VIRTUAL

    Department of Career Planning and Development

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    CARE Services & MUST Ministries: Mobile FOOD Pantry

    Stop by for a FREE POP-UP FOOD GIVE-AWAY with the MUST Ministries Mobile Food Pantry! Free packaged groceries and fresh produce will be available to KSU students, faculty, and staff. Please be sure to bring a backpack/cart/suitcase to help you transport 20lbs of items to your vehicle or home. 

    NOTE: Registration only needs to be done once to attend all mobile pantry events.

    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (EST) Campus Green 

    (between Kennesaw Hall and the Siegel Recreation Center)

    Kennesaw State University

    Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services 

    MUST Ministries Mobile Food Pantry

    CARE Services

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    EQUINOX_Exhibit

    ZMA EXHIBITION >

    REFLECTIONS: Honoring the Past

    Health and Wellness
    Arts, culture, and wellness are integral partners in the realization of healthier, more equitable lives for populations everywhere. As such, the arts are increasingly being included in health sciences education to improve providers’ diagnostic tools, empathy, resilience, and communication skills. Contemplative and impactful interactions with art, both via temporary exhibitions and museum collections, and the opportunities of interdisciplinary work between museum educators, art educators, and medical school partners envisioning meaningful collaborations is of great interest.This careful selection of works from the ZMA permanent collection considers the potential impact that learning organized around engagement with art can serve to enable a reconsideration of museum-based learning and how healthcare centers can unite in traditional and speculative programming as holistic centers of collaboration.Moreover, developments in the medical/therapy field and the opportunities of cross-disciplinary programming between the professional disciplines of health care and contemporary art museums, and curators envisioning the future of well-being and recovery, as well as processing personal loss and trauma through art museum experiences can be explored. Poignant in its concerns of shared trauma, grief, and loss confronted universally over the past several years, the works on display in this portion of the exhibition offer a platform to discuss and explore the human and sociocultural dimensions of illness, suffering, healing, and healthcare. Thus, illuminating empathy, grief, and loss as shared universal themes.Works specifically addressing these themes, among others on display, include:The Aftermath of Katrina: a Church and a Home, by African American artist Willie Birch documents the devasting loss of both a home and a place of worship and beckons viewers to consider how does one recover from such loss? How does one rebuild their life, their home, their community? How does one find the strength to do so?Grief is compellingly portrayed in the silkscreen print, I wish I could, by Russian artist Alexander Djikia. This work illustrates a man contemplating how the loss of life on 9/11 could have been prevented if only he could have built the twin towers differently as depicted in this artwork—if the planes could have flown through constructed openings of the buildings such devastation might not have occurred.Ukrainian artist Pavel Makov depicts toy soldiers as the main characters in his prints titled Soldiers I and Soldiers II. Although the artist chose a simple toy he played with as a child, given the context of current grim realities, one considers how this object is now viewed very differently. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    (EST)
    THE MELINDA JOLLEY MORTIN GALLERY

    492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA)
    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw State University ZMA

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    Atlanta Declaration on SDG Education and Research

    This initial phase draft would serve as the first step to preparing an Atlanta Declaration on SDGs Education and Research within a multi-institutional collaborative context.

    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (EST)

    Kendeda Building

    422 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    The RCE Greater Atlanta - Higher Education Learning Community (HELC)

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Development Awards

In the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, higher education institutions are highlighted for playing a critical role in community transformations. Driven from the KSU R2 Roadmap goals, we seek to empower and stimulate student contributions to their campus/local community and the sharing of ideas for advancing the impact of Sustainable Development. The Fourth Annual EQUINOX call for proposals seeks action plans for campuses and communities to integrate Sustainable Development – as grounded in the following five pillars (5 Ps): people, prosperity, planet, partnership and peace. Students -- from all disciplines – are invited to participate and propose innovative initiatives towards implanting the 5 Ps and creating a sustainable and resilient campus/community. The student-led research projects are encouraged to focus on a specific issue from the team’s campus or their local community and offer solutions with a thoroughly integrated approach to overcome the challenge by 2030.

Sponsors and Partners

With the generous support of our sponsors and partners, the EQUINOX programs could have accomplished their shared goals thus far. Join us as sponsors and partners in reimagining/expanding our ever-evolving programs in an innovative and collaborative capacity. Please get in touch with us to learn about our partnership and sponsorship package. We look forward to welcoming you into our community.

Founding Chair: Pegah Zamani, Ph.D.  |  Email: pzamani@kennesaw.edu

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    RCE Greater Atlanta was acknowledged by the United Nations University on December 18, 2017 as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. RCEs support multistakeholder implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development  Goals at the regional level through education and training. The designation makes Atlanta one of over 174 RCEs worldwide. RCE Greater Atlanta brings together universities and colleges from across the Greater Atlanta region with nonprofit, community, government, and business partners - and we are the only RCE in the U.S. with strong leadership and participation from HBCUs.

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    The multidisciplinary exhibition displays a diverse collection of work from research, and practice focused on sustainability. The wide variety of exhibits promote and present initiatives and efforts of students, educators, researchers, community members, and industry professionals. 

    The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art [ZMA] serves as a vital academic resource and cultural focus for the university and members of the community. The ZMA displays significant works from the University’s permanent art collection and regularly exhibits contemporary works of various media by local and internationally-recognized artists. As an academic and artistic arena, the Zuckerman Museum of Art is pleased to partner with the KSU Division of Global Affairs during EQUINOX to facilitate engaging lectures and exhibitions as presented through the lens of artistic practice and visual culture. 

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  • KSU CARE Services [in partnership with Goodr, Inc.] 

    Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services, mission is to provide access to food, temporary housing, and other supportive services to foster students’ realization of a healthy, stable, and dignified life academically and professionally. Furthermore, to serve as a model of professional excellence and effectiveness by upholding core values of social justice, equity, economic sustainability, and mutual partnership. CARE provides four programs to support KSU students and the community: KSU CARES, Emergency Assistance, AmeriCorps VISTA Network and GEAR UP Georgia Priority Model.

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    In addition, Global Education collaborates with and supports faculty in developing globally focused programs, research, and partnerships at home and abroad that both elevate our international presence and expand the global competency of our students.

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    Strength in NOMA is built through unity in the cause that created the organization. Our impact is felt when our organization wrestles with the dilemmas that face this nation, particularly as they affect our profession. There is strength in numbers. By increasing the number of people in this organization, we add strength to the voice with which we can speak against apathy, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance; against abuse of the natural environment; and for the un-empowered, the marginalized and the disenfranchised.

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The Research Center for Sustainable Communities (RCSC)

College of Architecture and Construction

640 Polytechnic Lane
ARCH Building N - MD 9065
Marietta, GA 30060

Dr. Pegah Zamani
Email: pzamani@kennesaw.edu

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  • 7th Annual EQUINOX: UN SDGs Week

    The annual EQUINOX Symposium is focused on the interconnected Sustainable Development Goals to catalyze interdisciplinary partnership and scholarship on sustainability with international, regional, and local speakers, and attendees. A multi-sponsored platform, the EQUINOX brings together institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. 

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)

     

    Platform: VIRTUAL Research Center for Sustainable Communities (RCSC), Office of Research, College of Architecture + Construction Management, Global Education, The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw State University; HERCULES Exposome Research Center, Emory University; Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Georgia Institute of Technology; Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) Action Group, Community of Practice for Community-Academic Partnerships, Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, Greater Atlanta, acknowledged by the United Nations University.

     

    Registration: The event is open to all. The registration is free but is required to receive the symposium link.

    • RSVP by Feb 27th

    Career Connections: Sustainability

    Discover the different paths you can take within different fields. Join us to meet a variety of companies that involve work in diverse sustainability areas. Map out your interests and major in real-world industries andbegin charting your future career direction. All majors are encouraged to attend this interdisciplinary event.

    Timeline: 

    • Welcome & Company Introductions (10 -15 Minutes)
    • Panel Questions (15 Minutes)
    • Networking (30 Minutes)

    BUSA Students participating in this session may obtain credit for their course. Attendance will be recorded. (See the "Suitable" app for details).

    Note: Individuals without Handshake access can contact us directly for obtaining the Zoom details.

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

     

    Platform: VIRTUAL The Department of Career Planning and Development

     

     

    KSU Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Approaches In Promoting Sustainable Manufacturing | Moderated Panel

    The KSU Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) providesenergy and sustainability assessment for small-and medium-sized industrial facilitiesin order to help local industries become more energy efficient, smart, resilient, and sustainable. The findings of last year's assessments will be reviewed during this moderatedpanel.

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

     

    Platform: VIRTUAL KSU Industrial Assessment Center; Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology; Southface Institute

    MS Team Link: 
    Join on your computer, mobile app or room device 

    • Join the meeting 
      Meeting ID: 259 155 795 801 
      Passcode: qKUJwB
    • Join on the web
    • Call in (audio only) +1 470-648-2566, 83855116# United States, Atlanta
      • Phone Conference ID: 838 551 16# 

     

     

    Peer Health Owls: Safe Spring Break

    Join us to chat with the Peer Health OWLs and other campus partners for fun and games and information on how to stay safe this Spring Break.

    Perks: Free Food

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM(EST) Campus Green

    Health promotion and Wellness

    wellbeing@ksu

     

     

    CARE Services & MUST Ministries: Mobile FOOD Pantry

    Stop by for a FREE POP-UP FOOD GIVE-AWAY with the MUST Ministries Mobile Food Pantry! Free packaged groceries and fresh produce will be available to KSU students, faculty, and staff. Please be sure to bring a backpack/cart/suitcase to help you transport 20lbs of items to your vehicle or home.

    NOTE: Registration only needs to be done once to attend all mobile pantry events.

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION
    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (EST) Campus Green (between Kennesaw Hall and the Siegel Recreation Center) Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services, MUST Ministries Mobile Food Pantry

    Spatio-Semantic Modeling of Socio-Economic and Health Disparities 

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION
    10:30 - 11:00 am, followed by 15 min Q&A ARCH N 175, Marietta Campus, KSU

    Armita Davarpanah. PhD.
    Assistant Professor, Environmental & Health Sciences Program, Spelman College

    Dr. Davarpanah presents her work on social and spatial proximity modeling of environmental justice and health in Proctor Creek, one of the most economically depressed and vulnerable watersheds in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. She also describes semantic modeling of environmental justice in an ontology related in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

     

    SDG Futures Fellowship EQUINOX Showcase

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION
    Join us at 11:30 AM to hear brief presentations on each project and to give community feedback to the fellows to enhance their final deliverables. KSU Center, Kennesaw Campus
    1000 Chastain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
    KSU Global Education, RCE Greater Atlanta, Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain.

    RCE Greater Atlanta's "SDG Futures Fellowship" aim is to increase education about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through youth leadership, community engagement, and professional development. The 20+ fellows in this inaugural cohort represent a wide variety of backgrounds and come from 9 Greater Atlanta Higher Education Institutions. The fellows have worked closely with community organizations and partners to build projects focused on sustainable development and equity in the region and around the world.  Please join us on March 3rd at 11:30AM to hear brief presentations on each project and to give community feedback to the fellows to enhance their final deliverables.

     

     

    KSU Mini Pavilion

    A virtual tour of the installation/exhibition of the KSU Mini Pavilion will give an overview of the project and current updates of its development and mission.

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION
    1:30 PM PIT Area, Architecture N Building M Campus, KSU The College of Architecture and Construction Management

     

     

    3D Printing for Sustainability

    In-person session. Learn to design and print your own object via 3D printing. No prior experience necessary. We will explore the technology through hands-on experience and talk about the implications for sustainability via waste reduction, timely production, and precise mass customization. You will learn about the potential of this revolutionary emerging technology.

    TIME LOCATION SPONSORED BY MORE INFORMATION
    3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EST) Room 465, 4th Floor, the Burruss Building Modular Agile Deployment (MAD) Lab, Coles College of Business
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  • EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs

    Date: Mar 20, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Design 2 Building (I2), Auditorium | Marietta Campus

     

    EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs

    Date: Mar 18, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room CDE | Kennesaw Campus

    View 2019 Forum Schedule

     

    United Nation + National Days/Themes

    March 20th
    • UN International Day of Happiness (well-being)
    March 21st
    • Solar Spring EQUINOX
    • UN International Day of Nowruz -- an ancestral festivity marking the New Year of several nations around the world
    • UN International Day of Forests
    • UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    • UNESCO World Poetry Day
    March 22nd
    • UN International Day of Water
    March 23rd
    • UN World Meteorological Day
    • National Energy Education Day

    EQUINOX_Exhibit

    Date: Mar 18 – Mar 28, 2019
    Location: Architecture Building (N), Gallery | Marietta Campus

  • Tuesday, March 20

    UN International Day of Happiness
    Architecture Building (N), PIT & Gallery | Marietta Campus | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    • Opening: EQUINOX_Exhibit
    • EQUINOX Lecture Series: Happiness
    • Tour: Campus Sustainability

     

    Wednesday, March 21

    UN Day of Forest, Racial Discrimination Elimination, Poetry, Nowruz
    Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Prillaman Hall, Indoor Plaza | Kennesaw Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    • EQUINOX SYMPOSIUM: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Farmers Market Spring Festival

     

    Thursday, March 22

    UN Day of Water
    Science Building, Room 302 & Campus Green | Kennesaw Campus | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    • EQUINOX Lecture Series: Water
    • The Oasis
    • Campus Sustainability Tour
    • Event: KSU OwlSwap Location: Campus Green

     

    Friday, March 23

    National Energy Education Day
    Architecture Building (N), PIT + Gallery | Marietta Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    • EQUINOX Forum: Energy and Built Environment
    • Tour: Solar Energy on Campus

     

    Saturday, March 24

    Earth HOUR
    Austin Residence Complex II: Green | Kennesaw Campus | 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    • Global Climate Change Action

     

    March 21 - 27
    • UN Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination

     

    View 2018 Forum Schedule View 2018 Exhibition Schedule
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