The Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative is a new research and education collaboration designed to support global learning initiatives in the region. The initiative will help connect the region’s international assets through an emphasis on supporting “global at home” projects that serve students, faculty, and community partners, and define the metropolitan area as a hub for global education and research. A key goal of the collaboration is to build and strengthen collaborative networks of multi-institutional scholars and practitioners to support global research and education initiatives in the region.
Spelman College, the historically Black liberal arts educational institution for women in Atlanta, is a member of the new collaborative. Other members are the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Emory University, and Agnes Scott College.
“Spelman College is pleased to be a part of AGREC,” said ‘Dimeji R. Togunde, vice provost for global education and professor of international studies. “This collaborative provides additional resources for Spelman faculty to study global issues at the local level through programmatic, curricular, and research activities while tapping into the richness of multiple organizations, a myriad of cultural activities, and the growing ethnic diversity of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The opportunity to collaborate with other institutions on this initiative bodes well for cross-fertilization of ideas as it also lends credence to Spelman’s reputation as an enriching global learning laboratory nested within a vibrant cosmopolitan area.”
Dr. Togunde holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He earned a Ph.D. in developmental sociology at Cornell University.