State of Community: Carroll

February 25, 2016

University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia's College of Social Sciences presents its inaugural State of Community: Carroll breakfast highlighting current findings and trends affecting the state of community in Carroll County. After breakfast, join us for a series of workshops on leadership, data-driven decision-making and grant writing.

State of Community: Carroll Breakfast

8:00-9:30 am

Campus Center Ballroom

Join us for breakfast as faculty share research on current issues affecting the state of community in Carroll County, including voting behavior, crime, recreation, public health, and other factors that impact the daily lives of Carroll County residents.

Session I Concurrent Workshops

9:45-10:40 am

StupiGathering and Collecting Information and DataLed by Elizabeth Stupi, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Criminology and Director of the Survey Research CenterOften the first step in understanding client needs, organizational culture, and social issues is working with accurate information. Learning which questions to ask, and more importantly, how to ask them can make all the difference for you and your organization. In this workshop, we will begin to learn about collecting data that is both valid and reliable and can help you better address needs and issues.






Recognizing and Overcoming Challenges of LeadershipLed by N. Jane McCandless, Ph.D.Professor of Sociology and Dean of theCollege of Social SciencesToday's leaders face a variety of challenges. Making decisions, articulating a vision, confronting obstacles and gaining a supportive constituent are just some of the challenges that leaders face. In this workshop we will discuss these and other challenges facing leaders in both Carroll County and across the globe.




Session 2 Concurrent Workshops

10:50-11:45 am

TrippAnalyzing and Communicating Information and DataLed by Winston Tripp, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director of the Data Analysis and Visualization Lab, Director of the MA in Sociology ProgramAll of us are swimming in a sea of information and need help navigating these sometimes challenging waters. We will discuss how to look at the flood of information and to find the story, and to summarize it in a few sentence or pictures. This process, sometimes called "Data Analytics" is becoming increasingly important as all of us are asked to make data-driven decisions for our programs, organizations, and grant applications.






LeeBest Practices in Grant Writing for NonprofitsLed by Sooho Lee, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development ProgramMany nonprofit organizations in Carroll County depend upon federal, state and independently-funded grants in order to provide services. Grant writing, however, is not an intuitive process or skill and many grant applications are declined because of technical errors. In this workshop, we will explore some of the best practices in grant writing for nonprofit organizations.




Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Townsend Center for Performing Arts. A gate attendant will be present to let you in the lot. Once parked, follow the State of Community: Carroll signs that will direct you to the Campus Center Ballroom. 

Questions? Contact Amber Smallwood, Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences atamksmall@westga.eduor 678-839-5170.