Selected ODK Initiatives (Past and Present)
The Alpha Eta Circle strives to not only start a conversation surrounding important campus issues, but also take action through campus wide initiatives which utilize the resources and influence of all of our members.
Campus Active Art Space Initiative (2016)
The Active Art Space Initiative is an initiative which grew out of the interest of several ODK members to place a playground on campus. Through the brainstorming phase, it was determined that the an Active Art Space, similar to several installations in the metro Atlanta area would complement the need for an active area and the goal to integrate art into Georgia Tech's campus. The project has support from the Office of the Arts and the Center for Community Health and Well-Being and is in its earliest development stages.
Inclusive Post-Secondary Academy (2015)
The Inclusive Post-Secondary Academy (IPA) is an initiative which started in the Fall of 2015 that grew from a discussion at an ODK meeting. Dr. Blum, former Dean of the College of Business came to speak at a general meeting, in hopes to gauge the student body's feelings towards an academic program focused on educating students with intellectual disabilities. An advisory committee was formed shortly after the meeting, and work began to create and approve a curriculum. The IPA found a director, as well as new students to fill the Student Advisory Council. The Inclusive Post-Secondary Academy Student Advisory Council (IPASAC) then developed the Excel Program which has garned much success today.
LGBTQIA Resource Center (2014)
ODK, along with SGA, the Pride Alliance, and oStem worked with the Office of the Dean of Students to help establish Georgia Tech's first LGBTQIA Resource Center. ODK's role was to act as the student voice behind the resource center by building up student support and uniting relevant stakeholders in order to create a more cohesive and concentrated effort to help further civil rights for the LGBTQIA community and improve student life at Georgia Tech. ODK leveraged its role as Georgia Tech’s premier leadership society to unite leaders across organizations for the betterment of an entire community of underrepresented Yellow Jackets.
Mental Health Think Tank (2014)
Each year, ODK at Georgia Tech holds a Think Tank event to discuss and address campus issues. There are many grassroots efforts on campus too, but the goal is to pool all existing resources, interest groups, and students to interact in a transparent manner and to work side-by-side as equals to bring about rapid change. ODK held its first Think Tank event in Fall 2013. This think tank addressed the pressing issue of mental health in the GT community. Different groups with varying perspectives on mental health (including professors, student organizations, departments, staff, etc.) participated in multiple round-table discussions to come up with solutions and delegate existing efforts to tackle the challenges we face. These solutions were reported to the President's Mental Health Task Force to include in their institute-wide action plan.
Student Center Expansion Committee (2014)
ODK worked alongside the Institute-wide Student Center Expansion Committee (SCEC) to develop a strategy for informing students about the expansion effort, gathering student opinion on what should be included in a new facility, and unifying student support for the project. The efforts of ODK members contributed significantly to the direction of the project and increased campus support.