After clicking on “Life at Tech”, there are links to research opportunities and amenities sush as the large gym and diverse dining options. The picture shown is of active students that are walking and riding bicycles. However, no matter where I look on the website, I cannot find any information that might enlighten me on the handicap access on campus or how those with disabilities might be accommodated. This lack of access to information would automatically make me think that if I were in a wheelchair, I may not chose to go to Tech in fear that getting from class to class would be too difficult.
On the “about” page on Georgia Tech’s website, this video, “This is Georgia Tech”, gives an idea to the public about what Georgia Tech is looking for in their students. It also gives a few examples of the kind of missions and research that Tech is involved in. The new technology that Tech is working on shows that Tech has a multitude of resources readily available in order to impact the globe in a positive way.
The Georgia Tech website is open to the public, and it is not necessary to have an account in order to view the information. There is no option for the public to add information to the website which prevents irrelevant text from accumulating such as doxing, cyber bullying, or the posting of inaccurate information. The site is attractive as it is straight edged, well organized, and sticks to the theme of black and gold colors.
On the desktop version of the website, there is a link on the aforementioned banner that says, “look at why more international students are competing to come to Georgia Tech, and what their lives are like once they’re here” (Georgia Tech). After clicking on the link, I get a page about how 10% of all the applications Tech receives are from international students. It also talks about the financial standpoint of Tech mentioning that for its comparatively average tuition and above average academic experience, you will get more bang for your buck at Tech most other schools.
The first thing you see when coming to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s website is a banner along the screen with four people from a diverse cultural background. The message is portrayed that people from all cultures are welcome at this university, and that they currently have a very diverse student body. This can encourage international students to seriously consider Tech as an option for their education.
“Living in a Digital Built Environment.” Digital_Built_Environment. Arup, 2015. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. <http://www.arup.com/digital_built_environment>.
This website presents information about Arup’s view of what technology can do for the world’s future. Arup is a company in the UK that provides engineering, design, project management, and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. This video posted on the Arup website, http://www.arup.com/digital_built_environment, discusses how technology will change how people interact with each other and the architecture in which they live. This digital, technological world is giving people more choices on how they get to work everyday, whether it be a new public transportation system or a self-driving car. They also talk about the Singapore Sports Hub which is a large stadium of 55,000 seats that has a moveable ceiling and movable seating. Technology is allowing people to do things now that no one would have imagined could be possible less than ten years ago. The digital environment creates an opportunity to be more efficient, and to better understand the architecture of a building before the foundation is laid.
“Atlanta Local Food Initiative.” Atlanta Local Food. Atlanta Local Food Initiative, 2013. Web. 27 Mar. 2016. <http://www.atlantalocalfood.org>.
This website, created by the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, gives information about what they do to impact their community. ALFI is a “diverse coalition of stakeholders working to build a more sustainable food system for metro Atlanta” (Atlanta Local Food Initiative). Coalition meetings are held every other month, and those involved in the ALFI like communities within Atlanta, nonprofits, universities, government agencies, individuals and corporations participate in these meetings. They have organized public speaking events to raise awareness for the challenges of food systems in Atlanta and all over the world. This particular event was the Food System Summit in 2012 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The following image is one that they used during the event.
The website can be a tool for me to explore how ALFI’s methods of getting involved are making an impact on the communities that they touch. I will analyze the methods of public speaking, the competitions they are involved in with the amount of local food grown, and their other methods of spreading this local food movement.
“Hunger in America Study 2014.” ACFB RSS. Atlanta Community Food Bank, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2016. <http://acfb.org/facts-stats>.
This article by the Atlanta Community Food Bank has many statistics from 2014 about families that rely on the food bank temporarily or for many years. According to the article, every year 1 in 7.5 people around Atlanta and north Georgia rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. Additionally, more than half of the households relying on this food bank make less than $1000 dollars a month.
Additionally, they mention that those surveyed confess that they have had to chose to eat inexpensive, unhealthy foods because that is the only thing that they can afford. Many people do not support government programs like this because they think that the people relying on them use it as a crutch. They say that now they are getting free or discounted food, they can stop looking for a job and can rely on the government for sustenance. However this article addresses this thinking by including the statistic that 59% of the families served by the ACFB have been employed in the past year.
This article can be an important point in my analyzation by having the facts at my fingertips.
“Food Access Challenge.” Center for Civic Innovation. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 March 2016. <http://www.civicatlanta.org/food-access-lab/>.
This webpage was made by an organization called Center for Civic Innovation. This group works towards solving the food desert problem across the United States. They attack the issue in many different ways like working with local landholders to grow foods, educating children in the area about the importance of nutritious food and how to be proactive about a positive change in their diet, and farm-to-table freshly prepared meals for children at school. The site gives the opportunity for the visitor of the webpage to get involved or to leave a donation, and it provides contact information to all of the entrepreneurs that lead the food desert solution projects listed above.
It is important to be aware of how the issue I am discussing is being overcome, and I can evaluate what tactic or tactics may be the most effective. Along with the work being lead and encouraged by Michelle Obama, these organizations have the opportunity to make an impact on many needy families.
Gallagher, Mari. “USDA Defines Food Deserts.” Nutrition Digest. American Nutrition Association, 2010. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/usda-defines-food-deserts>.
This scholarly work provides information on the food desert problem in the United States. A food desert is described as a one mile radius where no supermarkets or access to fresh foods are available. This is a growing problem, and it poses a threat to those that are unable to drive. For people that rely on public transportation, the time it takes them to get to a grocery store is multiplied many times over when being compared to the time it would take them to dive there. Those that are stranded in these food deserts tend to be surrounded by places like gas stations or small food shops which have an abundance of processed foods with high sugar, saturated fats, and low nutrition.
Michelle Obama has brought attention to the food desert problem, and the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is working to supply these small shops with nutritious and fresh foods. Although action is taking place, it will be many years before the affected families will have access to the nutrition they need.
This source is a helpful reference for the explanation of and background information is has about food deserts.