The Commerce Club Foundation
In 2015, Emory’s Division of Campus Life was awarded a generous grant in support of the Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program (CBSC) from The Commerce Club Foundation in Atlanta. The funding facilitated the growth of the CBSC Fellows Program, allowing Campus Life to expand into a second year of training and to enhance student engagement in community development projects.
Additionally, the unique partnership with The Commerce Club Foundation has developed an “Emory Affinity Group” for Club members, and initiated a regular “Faculty Speakers Series” that brings campus experts into contact with local civic leaders around pressing issues facing the Atlanta community.
To date, the funding from The Commerce Club Foundation has translated into concrete outcomes for Emory students, including a 2nd Year CBSC Fellows Experience (offering flexible engagement for seasoned participants) and a pilot program called the University Learning Community (an innovative approach allowing University-Community partners the time and space to fully co-develop projects matching needs with resources in real time).
For The Commerce Club, the grant lead to an innovative Speakers program that exposes Club members to cutting edge research and fosters a collaborative sharing of information and resources between the Club and the University.
Furthermore, the grant has enabled new partnerships and programming between the faculty and staff at Georgia Tech and Emory – to the benefit of both universities and the broader Atlanta community.
Climate Change from Paris to Peachtree
As part of the Emory Faculty Speaker Series, The Commerce Club hosted a lunch and learn with Dr. Daniel Rochberg. We learned about and discussed the history, current conditions and options for positive change around climate change. The group included industry leaders from nonprofits, faith based and finance industries along with a cohort of Emory leaders. September 13, 2017