Community Connections offer Global Leadership students an opportunity to engage with Georgia Tech faculty and other globally-focused individuals in the Atlanta community. Every month, students sign up to meet the Community Connection representative over coffee or a meal. This engagement opportunity creates avenues for student-faculty relationship building and helps the students make connections throughout the Atlanta area, fostering greater student connection to Georgia Tech and Atlanta.

Listed below are examples of past Community Connection presenters.


Professor Jennifer Hirsch

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is an applied cultural anthropologist recognized internationally for fostering university and community engagement in sustainability and climate action. Since August 2015, she has served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) is the Institute’s Quality Enhancement Plan - a campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to “create sustainable communities” in partnership with community, nonprofit, business, and academic stakeholders.

Dr. Hirsch is also a founding leader of RCE Greater Atlanta – a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development - officially acknowledged in 2017 by the United Nations University. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. She serves on the faculty of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute hosted by DePaul University and on the Board of Directors of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).


Professor Dori Pap


Dori Pap directs the Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Program in Central and Eastern Europe, coordinates the Impact Speaker Series, runs the annual Ideas to Serve student social innovation competition, and teaches courses on social entrepreneurship. She is the faculty lead for the Global Social Venture Competition, a partnership between Georgia Tech and Berkley's Haas School of Business.Dori serves as the faculty advisor for Enterprise to Empower, a Georgia Tech student organization dedicated to educating and empowering students in social enterprise. She is also a board member for Global Growers Network, a nonprofit organization that connects the agricultural talent of the refugee community in and around Atlanta to opportunities in sustainable agriculture.


Professor Joe Brown


Joe Brown is an assistant professor in environmental engineering.  Brown comes to Georgia Tech from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he served as a lecturer in the Department of Disease Control, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases.  Brown’s research and teaching interests are at the intersection of environmental engineering and public health, including water infrastructure sustainability, detection methods for pathogens and pathogen indicators in the environment, water treatment technology characterization and innovation, and human health effects of exposure to waterborne pathogens.  He is a Professional Engineer (PE) with licensure in North Carolina and Alabama.

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