First-Year Odyssey Seminars with IDM

“A Field Guide to Resilience” with Michelle Ritchie

What does nature mean to you? In this engaging FYO seminar, students will explore their environmental ethics and impacts and learn to foster their resilience. Through hands-on activities, discussions, and field-based experiences, students will explore their connections to the natural world — from UGA’s campus to the deepest depths of the oceans! This FYO seminar is designed as an experiential learning companion to Braiding Sweetgrass, a best-selling non-fiction book written by distinguished professor Robin Wall Kimmerer of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Dr. Kimmerer captivatingly blends scientific and Indigenous knowledge in a series of ecological essays that ask us to (re)consider the relationship between humans and the non-human world.

“College Survival Guide: Preparing for Disasters” with Curt Harris

Disasters can strike at any time and without warning. Do you know what you should do if you were to find yourself in one? This seminar will focus on introducing students to the world of personal and community emergency preparedness. We will start with discussing what exactly are disasters and which ones you could face on and off campus. This seminar will then seek to help you develop the knowledge and skills that you can use to help protect yourself and those around you. The lessons are engaging, interactive, and practical. You will also have the opportunity to meet and hear from leaders on this campus who work to keep us safe. Students who complete this seminar will leave better prepared to face disasters in college and in the world beyond.

“Surviving Disasters” with Kelli McCarthy

Reading through Amanda Ripley’s “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why”, we will explore various disasters, how humans react to disasters, who tends to survive these events, and dive into why. Disasters discussed will be of varying types – natural, technological, and terroristic. These discussions will allow students to self-examine what their response may be when faced with a disaster.

First-Year Odyssey Events with the IDM

Ready, Set, Go-Bags!

First-Year Odyssey SeminarsStudents from each FYO meet and present their go-bags during a social event hosted at the IDM. During this event, students also tour IDM facilities, talk with current faculty, staff, and students, and learn about campus and career opportunities in disaster management.

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EMAG 2022 Conference Recap

Our team attended the 2022 Emergency Management Summit and Training Sessions hosted by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. The conference was from April 13 to April 15 in Savannah


Student Spotlight: Hope Grismer

CURO Research Assistantship awarded to IDM Undergraduate  Hope Grismer is an Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) student who is passionate about looking at the complex effects that geographical and sociodemographic


Leveraging social media during a disaster

New framework can help local emergency managers get the word out During a disaster, many people turn to social media seeking information. But communicating during disasters is challenging, especially using an