Established in March 2017 as a platform to advocate the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals, the annual EQUINOX: UN SDGs is dedicated to socio-economic-ecological
impacts of sustainability within the local-global framework. The initiative seeks
to catalyze and advance pathways of scholarship and partnership through interdisciplinary,
and inter-institutional programs focused on the UN SDGs -- involving local/national/international
presenters and participants.
The multi-sponsored annual EQUINOX Week initiates and unfolds a diverse set of multidisciplinary programs across the KSU both campuses in cross-sectoral dialogue about the SDGs. To foster cross-pollination, team-formation, and actions on the UN SDGs; the EQUINOX brings together institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. Through various disciplinary lenses, the EQUINOX focuses on the interconnected UN SDGs to promote innovative research, scholarship, and practices in sustainability from micro to macro scales – for people, and the planet.
** The Spring Equinox marks the precise moment of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and of astronomical autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spring Equinox has been an ancestral festivity marking the New Year of several nations around the world. The first Earth Day celebration was also held on the Spring Equinox, March 21st, 1970 (proposed as a global initiative by peace activist John McConnell at the National UNESCO Conference in 1969). The Equinoctial Earth Day has been celebrated by the United Nations annually thereafter with the ringing of UN Peace Bell to call for the world justice and peace.
The annual EQUINOX Symposium is focused on the interconnected Sustainable Development
Goals to catalyze interdisciplinary partnership and scholarship on sustainability.
A multi-sponsored platform with invited international, regional, and local speakers,
the initiative was among one of the first symposiums in the region dedicated to the
Annual EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs
The multi-sponsored annual EQUINOX Week is a full week of multidisciplinary events across the KSU both campuses focused on the Sustainable Development Goals -- involving student volunteering programs, educational research sessions, and networking opportunities. Promoting strategic and shared goals, the EQUINOX Week seeks to advance multidisciplinary research and collaboration among the KSU colleges and community through various programs, including the annual EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs; EQUINOX_Exhibit; Sustainable Development Awards; EQUINOX FORUM: Sustainability through Multiple Lenses; and Sustainable Development Career Pathways.
We look forward to you joining us.
Sponsored by: Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) Action Group
RCE Greater Atlanta was acknowledged by the United Nations University on December 18, 2017 as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. RCEs support multistakeholder implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals at the regional level through education and training. The designation makes Atlanta one of over 174 RCEs worldwide. RCE Greater Atlanta brings together universities and colleges from across the Greater Atlanta region with nonprofit, community, government, and business partners - and we are the only RCE in the U.S. with strong leadership and participation from HBCUs.
Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) is an RCE Greater Atlanta action group including faculty and research-active students from Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia. HELC aims to create a dynamic network of research and teaching faculty, practitioners, youth, and community partners in Greater Atlanta who work together to offer research seminars, symposia, curricular resources, teaching workshops, and a variety of publications to advance the SDGs in education, research, and service across campuses in the region as well as among the US (North American) higher education community as a whole.
Friday's event speaker, Mindy Goldstein from Turner Environmental Law Clinic Emory University, will be speaking on Advancing Environmental Justice through Collaborations: Reflections from the Turner Environmental Law Clinic. Download the speaker flyer here.more information
Sponsored by: The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA)
The multidisciplinary exhibition displays a diverse collection of work from research,
and practice focused on sustainability. The wide variety of exhibits promote and present
initiatives and efforts of students, educators, researchers, community members, and
The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art [ZMA] serves as a vital academic resource and cultural focus for the university and members of the community. The ZMA displays significant works from the University’s permanent art collection and regularly exhibits contemporary works of various media by local and internationally-recognized artists. As an academic and artistic arena, the Zuckerman Museum of Art is pleased to partner with the KSU Division of Global Affairs during EQUINOX to facilitate engaging lectures and exhibitions as presented through the lens of artistic practice and visual culture.
Sponsored by: Department of Career Planning and Development
Sustainability is an opportunity to discover the different paths you can take within different fields, and to meet a variety of companies that involve work in diverse areas. All majors are encouraged to attend this interdisciplinary event.
Sponsored by: KSU CARE Services [in partnership with Goodr, Inc.]
Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services, mission is to provide access to food, temporary housing, and other supportive services to foster students’ realization of a healthy, stable, and dignified life academically and professionally. Furthermore, to serve as a model of professional excellence and effectiveness by upholding core values of social justice, equity, economic sustainability, and mutual partnership. CARE provides four programs to support KSU students and the community: KSU CARES, Emergency Assistance, AmeriCorps VISTA Network and GEAR UP Georgia Priority Model.
Year Of Greece
Since 1984, Kennesaw State University has celebrated a different country or region of the world with award winning programming that includes cultural events, well-known scholars and public officials, study abroad programs, and dedicated classes. Past countries and regions of the world have included the following: Japan, Morocco, India, Russia, the Portuguese Speaking World, Arabian Peninsula, Ghana.
We are fortunate to celebrate the Year of Greece during Greece’s Bicentennial Anniversary
with a full program that draws upon the knowledge and expertise of faculty, staff,
and students, as well as the large Greek-American community of Atlanta.
EQUINOX: Sustainable Development Awards
In the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, higher education institutions
are highlighted for playing a critical role in community transformations. Driven from
the KSU R2 Roadmap goals, we seek to empower and stimulate student contributions to
their campus/local community and the sharing of ideas for advancing the impact of
Sustainable Development. The Fourth Annual EQUINOX call for proposals seeks action
plans for campuses and communities to integrate Sustainable Development – as grounded
in the following five pillars (5 Ps): people, prosperity, planet, partnership and
peace. Students -- from all disciplines – are invited to participate and propose innovative
initiatives towards implanting the 5 Ps and creating a sustainable and resilient campus/community.
The student-led research projects are encouraged to focus on a specific issue from
the team’s campus or their local community and offer solutions with a thoroughly integrated
approach to overcome the challenge by 2030.
Without the generous support of our sponsors and partners, the EQUINOX programs could have not accomplished their shared goals thus far. We look for sponsors and partners to make our programs more collaborative and innovative. To join our team and learn about our sponsorship package, please contact us.
Further information/questions? Contact:
Dr. Pegah Zamani | College of Architecture and Construction Management
EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs
Date: Mar 20, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Design 2 Building (I2), Auditorium | Marietta Campus
EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs
Date: Mar 18, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room CDE | Kennesaw Campus
Date: Mar 18 – Mar 28, 2019
Location: Architecture Building (N), Gallery | Marietta Campus
Architecture Building (N), PIT & Gallery | Marietta Campus | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Prillaman Hall, Indoor Plaza | Kennesaw Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Science Building, Room 302 & Campus Green | Kennesaw Campus | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Architecture Building (N), PIT + Gallery | Marietta Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Austin Residence Complex II: Green | Kennesaw Campus | 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.