University of Georgia
May 2016
Helping Communities
Serving communities

Filmmaker Jim McKay, top right, and musician/artist Michael Stipe, lower left, talk with a group of students at Clarke Central High School as part of a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts community program during a Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Serving communities

UGA has hundreds of programs and initiatives that affect the lives of Georgians and beyond, making the world a better place to live.

The University of Georgia has a massive impact on communities throughout Georgia. The economic impact alone is $4.4 billion a year. But that impact goes beyond the dollars and reaches deep into every corner of the state, touching people’s lives in innumerable ways.

From Public Service and Outreach units to UGA Extension to the Athletic Association, the programs and services are many and varied. Following are some examples — just the tip of the iceberg:

— In the last year alone, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development trained more than 12,000 Georgians in leadership development in nearly every county in the state.

— The Archway Partnership is a unit of Public Service and Outreach created to enhance the land-grant mission of teaching, research and service while addressing critical community and economic development issues across Georgia. Since 2005, over 900 students, nearly 200 faculty members and hundreds of community leaders have participated in projects directly benefiting Archway Partnership communities.

UGA Extension has 288 agents across the state who have have 1,487,484 face-to-face contacts each year and has 47,508 programs to teach, lead and help Georgians live better lives.

— The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study works in partnership with federal wildlife agencies and 19 member states, including Georgia, to provide disease surveillance in wildlife populations and to maintain a healthy interface between wildlife, people, livestock and the environment they share. The cooperative was founded in 1957 and is a division of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Population Health.

Just My Imagination is the Georgia Museum of Art’s free statewide outreach program. In fiscal year 2015, the museum organized 10 programs, reaching 275 children in venues across the state.

— The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts partners with the Clarke County School District to arrange for WCHA guests in the Global Georgia Initiative and other programs to visit public schools.

— The Division of Academic Enhancement houses 3 pre-college TRIO programs, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. These programs (Educational Talent Search and two Upward Bound programs) provide services such as workshops, counseling, tutoring, and mentoring to middle and high school students in surrounding counties with the goal of participants attaining a high school diploma and enrolling in a postsecondary institution.

Recreational Sports’ Fitness & Wellness partners with UGA Extension on Walk Georgia fitness class offerings.

— Student-athletes participate in “Learn, Play, Excel” in which they visit schools to teach the importance of education.

— Public relations campaign classes in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication assist local programs including the Athens-Clarke County Food for Kids program, which saw a 41 percent increase in summer 2015 thanks to a Grady College campaign.

— The Institute for Disaster Management in the College of Public Health coordinates emergency response exercises in 232 hospital and health care institutions statewide and was awarded $756,000 in new federal funding to design and direct new Ebola emergency response initiatives for the Georgia health care system.

— The College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax help to people with moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers.

For more about outreach programs in UGA’s colleges and schools:

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Odum School of Ecology

College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Environment and Design

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

College of Pharmacy

College of Public Health

School of Social Work