SSU to host ‘Savannah Policy and Planning Debates’ beginning Jan. 15

For immediate release

Jan. 4, 2013

Contact: Loretta Heyward, Communications Director, 912-358-3059

SAVANNAH — The Savannah State University Department of Political Science and Public Affairs will host “Savannah Policy and Planning Debates,” a public service program featuring local policy and development professionals as guest lecturers.  Classes are free and open to the community, and will be held weekly through April starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2012, at the Coastal Georgia Center.

Professionals who serve as guest lecturers will teach the class about critical urban problems and associated policy debates.  Topics will range from fair housing and poverty alleviation to transportation planning and minority and women’s business development.  Confirmed guest lecturers include former Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson; Daniel Dodd of Step-Up Savannah; Janice Sheffield of the Authority for the Homeless; Tom Thomson of the Metropolitan Planning Commission; Chadwick Reese of Chatham Area Transit; and Wayne Dawson of the Savannah-Chatham County Fair Housing Council, among others.

“Savannah Policy and Planning Debates” is intended to give the community an opportunity to explore and discuss urban problems and solutions across a variety of political and policy perspectives.  The course is open to professionals from the non-profit, private and public sectors, as well as graduate students, faculty members and the public.

For more information, contact Nicole Oretsky, Ph.D., assistant professor of urban studies, at 912-358-2465 or

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,600 students select majors from 25 undergraduate and five graduate programs in the School of Teacher Education and three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.


January Course Schedule (All classes will be held at 6 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.)

  • Jan. 15: Affordable Housing Development with Dana Ingram, executive director, JC Vision and Associates
  • Jan. 24: Transportation Planning with Chadwick Reese, executive director, Chatham Area Transit
  • Jan. 29: Fair Housing Policy with Wayne Dawson, executive director, Savannah-Chatham County Fair Housing Council





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