The College of Social Sciences continues their mission by, “Serving humanity and doing public good.” COSS will host the 3rd annual Community Leaders on Campus: Honoring Community Talks, during the Honors Convocation Day on Tuesday, March 31 in the Ingram Library Nook beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will last until 12:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the UWG campus and community.
The event will consist of a series of short talks discussing the ways in which UWG students, faculty and staff can give back to the community. Several UWG alumni that also serve as community leaders will deliver the talks. Among the speakers are: Derick Newton of Mentoring Village, Sidra McWhorter of Sweet Pea’s Boutique, Wayne Senfeld of Tanner at Willowbrooke, Don Levans of Carroll County Veteran’s Memorial Park, Robin Collins of the League of Women Voters in the Carroll County Community, and Karen Vance of Tanner Health System.
The talks will last approximately 10 to 12 minutes, which will allow to audience members to quickly grasp the concept of each of the talks without the speakers having to go into explicit detail. Each of the diverse topics will explain the importance as well as the benefits that they could have if implemented in our local community. The topics of the talks will include: “Mentoring in our Community”, “Shopping Local”, “Understanding Mental Health”, “Respecting the Flag, University and Community”, “Being an Informed Voter” and “Advocating in Emergencies”. The topics that were chosen are meant to be flexible, however, sufficient enough for the audience to leave the event with the understanding for making our community a better place.
“The Honoring Community Talks have become a new Honors Day tradition. Our community is a vital partner in the success of students at the University of West Georgia,” said Amber Smallwood, associate dean at the College of Social Sciences, “We want to recognize that partnership and highlight the value of the collaboration between campus and community through the annual Honoring Community Talks.”
During the past Honoring Community Talks, the speakers have encouraged the UWG students, faculty and staff to view themselves as members of the Carrollton community, and a giving the community the time and effort that it requires in order to allow it to flourish into the best possible environment for current residents, and future visitors to appreciate.
“The talks are powerful. These community leaders who bring decades of experience and wisdom are asked to share their message, their passion, in a 10-minute presentation. Their ideas and stories are inspirational, even life-changing.” said Smallwood.