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July 2023 Volume 2, Issue 10*

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GEDI's director, Jeremy Arthur featured in an episode of "Chamber Chat"

Jeremy Arthur featured in Chamber Chat Podcast

GEDI’s Director, Jeremy Arthur, was recently featured in an episode of the “Chamber Chat” podcast. Arthur, who served as President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama for nine years prior to joining GEDI in 2021, shared his knowledge about chamber governance and how to effectively work with a board of directors. You can subscribe in your favorite podcast app or listen to the episode at

Dr. Anna Margaret Golden pictured with k-12 students from the community..
Students with CEOE staff visiting Auburn campus.

AU Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Supplemental Program grant renewed!

The AU Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) has been awarded a renewed WIOA grant ($222,773.91) to provide supplemental programs as part of CEOE’s mission to enhance the development of K-12 schools in Alabama. CEOE partners with the Macon and Bullock County Career Technical Education Centers. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant was awarded by the Alabama Department of Commerce.

For additional information, visit

Hello from Benin!

Dr. Elizabeth Quansah, Olivia Houlden and Dr. Lakami Baker standing in front of  Benin graffiti murals - Contonou port in West Africa


Elizabeth Quansah, director of Outreach Global at Auburn University; professor Lakami Baker, Harbert College of Business ; Olivia Houlden, program administrator for Outreach Global; in front of murals at the popular Benin graffiti murals by the Cotonou port. The Republic of Benin is a country in West Africa. Outreach Global offers training via its Success Through Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). Visit for additional information.

War Eagle!

– The Office of Outreach Global

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OPCE offers new software engineering, UI/UX design bootcamps

Become career-ready with two new programs now available through the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. The Software engineering and UX/UI design bootcamps combine technical skills development, collaborative project-based learning and career support, to help individuals advance within their current profession or launch a new career. The online, self-paced programs allow individuals to build high-demand technical skills while earning a professional certificate. 

Learn more online by visiting Career Boot Camps.

OLLI Summer Term Offerings

Information about OLLI’s summer term offerings will be available online

and in the OLLI digest

New Employees!

Kristi Reiff - GEDI at AU

Kristi Reiff joined GEDI’s Education and Training unit as an Outreach Program Administrator in June 2023. Kristi is a two-time graduate of Auburn University, receiving a BS in Health Administration and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. She has spent time working as a volunteer and professional in county, state, and federal government roles. In her spare time, she serves as an alumnae advisor for a Panhellenic organization and a board member for the Junior League of Lee County. She lives in Auburn with her husband, Stephen, and two children.

Jenna Y Morrow - GEDI at AU

Jenna Morrow joined GEDI in June of 2023 as a Training Program Specialist. Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University.

Prior to GEDI, Jenna worked in hospitality and tourism. She and her husband Drew are Alabama natives but spent 11 years in Charlotte, North Carolina. They both graduated from Auburn and even got married on Samford Lawn. They were excited to return in 2022 and are looking forward to sharing the spirit of this Auburn community with their two children, Emerson and Ella Cate.

Visit GEDI to learn more.

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Fall 2023 Faculty Experience

University Outreach and Alabama Cooperative Extension System invite faculty across campus to experience the beauty of Chambers County and Lee County. During this guided bus tour, participants will visit medical facilities, key industries, educational institutions and hear from panels of local leaders about their community resources and challenges.

August 9| Auburn Across Alabama Experience: 7:30am-6pm

Bloody Sunday, Selma and the Civil Rights Movement Workshops

This workshop invites educators from across the country to an immersive, week-long exploration of one of the most important landscapes of the American civil rights movement.Workshop participants will spend a week exploring the understudied ordinary people and places of this freedom struggle. A range of experts will lead these educators in thinking about how we remember (and forget) civil rights struggles and the places they stemmed from. Through workshops and readings, teachers will be exposed to place based learning techniques. Participants will leave the workshop better equipped to identify and educate about the intersections between race, place, and freedom struggles in their own classrooms and communities.​The next workshop is scheduled for July 9-14.

Tell your story and engage with University Outreach!

Campus and community friends are invited to use these interactive platforms to share their opportunities, projects and programs.

Outreach Programs and Projects Network

Through this database, Auburn University faculty can share information about their Outreach programs and projects to facilitate further engagement, promotion and partnerships.

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