Implementing a Geospatial Education at CAU
Speaker Name: Emeline Renz
Speaker Bio: Ms. Emeline Renz currently serves as the Director of the GIS Program at Clark Atlanta University. With over 10 years of professional GIS experience, including more than 5 years at Esri, Inc., Ms. Renz is working with the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum for a geospatial education, engage the university community in using GIS in their classrooms, and hopes to develop an interactive campus map to help the students, faculty, and staff at Clark Atlanta better manage their assets, programs, and facilities. Ms. Renz graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Sociology-Psychology and the University at Albany with an MA in Geography.
Presentation Summary: Clark Atlanta University, the largest Historically Black College and University in Atlanta, has listed a “Fundamentals of GIS” class in the course catalog since the late 1990s, but the class hasn’t been taught in over a decade. What does it take to reintegrate a geospatial education at a medium-sized university without a geography department? What methods are best to engage the community and drive students to enroll in an unfamiliar course? And what steps can be taken to encourage a university to adopt a GIS Implementation to manage its community? Ms. Emeline Renz, Director of the GIS Program at CAU, discusses the importance of geospatial thought in higher education, the roadblocks she faced while implementing this program, and the measures she is using to implement a strong GIS Program at Clark Atlanta University.
Parking and Location Information:
Guests should park in the Morehouse parking garage ($3). They will need to show their ID at the security gate. Here is a Google Map Link for accurate directions:
The meeting will be held in the Cole Research Center: https://goo.gl/maps/YxtriG89GJB2
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