State of the Community: Carroll
February 23, 2017
Campus Center Ballroom

Presentations from the event can be accessed by clicking on the presentation title below. 

State of Community: Carroll Breakfast
8:00-9:05 am

Breakfast highlighting current findings and trends affecting the state of community in Carroll County.

Winston Tripp, Ph. D – Poverty Demographics
J. Sal Peralta, Ph. D – Voting Patterns Update
Jeannette Diaz, Ph.D – Asset Mapping

Panel:  Response to Poverty

In this panel, presenters from the university and the community will discuss local poverty interventions, areas for community and university intervention, and policy approaches to poverty alleviation.


Kim Jones, Director, Community Foundation of West Georgia

Suraj Sood, PhD student, Department of Psychology, UWG

Tiffany Parsons, Lecturer, Department of Sociology UWG, Founder Impact West Georgia

Jeri Shaffer, Circles Leader, Circles of West Georgia

Discussant:  Melanie McClellan, Director of Community Engagement, UWG


10:05-10:30 am   
Break and Structured Networking  

Get to know the College of Social Sciences and local community. Find others that have a similar interest and network with them. Nametags are color coordinated by topics.

Session 1 Concurrent Workshops

Leadership Succession

McCandlessN. Jane McCandless, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology and Dean of theCollege of Social Sciences

The process of identifying and developing new leaders to succeed current leaders is vitally important to all organizations.  Preparing for the next line of leadership allows organizations to make smooth transitions in times when changes in leadership are either planned or unplanned.  However, less than one-third of all organizations report that they have a succession plan in place.  This workshop focus on how an organization can begin to develop a multi-year process that will result in individuals who are prepared to lead when called upon.



Media Relations for Nonprofits:  Getting Your Story Told

ColeHazel Cole Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communications, Public Relations Head

Nonprofits will learn about best practices in media relations, the need for a social presence, and strategies on how to get your story told. 




Session 2 Concurrent Workshops

Emergency Management in Carroll County

 FlemingAnthony Fleming Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Amy Goolsby, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Agency

 The goal of this workshop is to explain what the Carroll County Emergency Management Agency does for the community and to help community members understand how the agency can best serve them during times of crisis.



Developing a Budget and Budget Narrative for Grant Proposal Applications
      - Budget example (Excel file)

   LeeSooho Lee Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

It is often said that the budget section is the backbone of grant proposals. Grant reviewers often turn right to the budget even before reading the proposal to see what the money will be used for. The needs and project narrative should match the budget. The estimates in the budget should be realistic and credible. This workshop offers a quick effective guide for developing a grant proposal budget in the public sector, especially focusing on nonprofit organizations.


Following - continue the conversations over lunch at the UWG East Commons ($8.30).


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 Jeannette Diaz in the College of Social Sciences at or 678-835-51270. 


  • February 25, 2016

    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 Data
    Led by Elizabeth Stupi, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Criminology and Director of the Survey Research Center

    Often 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 Leadership
    Led by N. Jane McCandless, Ph.D.Professor of Sociology and Dean of theCollege of Social Sciences

    Today'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 Data
    Led by Winston Tripp, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director of the Data Analysis and Visualization Lab, Director of the MA in Sociology Program

    All 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 Nonprofits
    Led by Sooho Lee, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development Program

    Many 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.