Highlighting the good works of GSU around the world

by Leah Seupersad

Greg Hodgin, a doctoral student in political science, is founder and president of Peacebuilding Solutions.

He started the nonprofit organization to help provide the United Nations with better models for refugee camps around the world.

“Refugee camps are not built well and they are falling apart,” Hodgin said. “We want to make sure the people who are living in these refugee camps live in dignity and respect.”

Hodgin travelled to Haiti in January to research residents still living in refugee camps after the devastating earthquake of January 2010 and to meet with United Nations Force Commander General Paul Cruz.

Along with Engineering Without Borders-Atlanta, Hodgin’s organization has launched a Refugee Camp Design Case Competition for students across disciplines to provide the U.N. with an effective standardized method for the design, construction and management of refugee camps. The winning designs will be pilot tested and presented to the U.N. for implementation around the world.

Walt Thompson

Highlighting the good works of GSU in Georgia and

in the community

by Claire Miller

Walt Thompson and the After-School All-Stars are working with the City of Refuge, a transitional living center for previously homeless women and children.

After-School All-Stars Atlanta, administered by the College of Education, provides comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk students in the metro-Atlanta area. Now After-School All-Stars is partnering with City of Refuge to offer homework assistance, tutoring and enrichment programs to children at the living center.

“These kids, who suddenly find themselves homeless at no fault of their own, need to continue their education uninterrupted,” said Thompson, a Regents’ Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health. “These are the kids we need to serve, and they weren’t being served previously,”

After-School All-Stars recruits teachers from the Atlanta area to work in the after-school enrichment program. Teachers survey the children to see what they are interested in and tailor the programs to meet those interests.