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"Communicating Emory's impact in the context of a single year is challenging. As a leading research university, we never stand still. Last year's achievements, and those before them, continue to advance and improve our shared communities"

Emory President Claire E. Sterk

From students who spend a year working among local refugee populations, to millions of dollars’ worth of indigent health care throughout metro Atlanta, to service-learning programs that send students across the globe, Emory’s 2019 Impact Report reveals that the university is enmeshed in its surrounding community and the world as a whole.

Since 1915, when Emory was granted its charter, the university has been connected with its hometown. That connection has been strengthened with annexation into the city of Atlanta, as well as Emory’s status as the second- largest employer and an economic engine for the region.

Through a stated commitment to sustainability, Emory has developed an aggressive plan to become a zero-waste campus and a ride-sharing program that vastly reduces its carbon footprint.

Across metro Atlanta, Emory’s expanding network of hospitals, clinics, and health care practitioners welcomes all who need care. The collective influence and contributions of Emory faculty, staff, students, and alumni are considerable, thanks to those who serve on local nonprofit boards or philanthropic and civic organizations.

Collaborations with Atlanta-based institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Task Force for Global Health, The Carter Center, and CARE produce boundary- defying work that serves humanity and strives to improve conditions—locally and in countries around the world.

Through Volunteer Emory and other programs, more than 80 percent of Emory undergraduates participate in community service during their academic experience—from planting trees to feeding the homeless to building houses with Habitat for Humanity.

“At the heart of Emory’s impact is a distinct purpose: to think beyond oneself,” says Sterk. “This purpose— this sense of responsibility—is present among students, faculty, and alumni across generations. Whether you work here, teach here, learn, or connect here, Emory is a community of impact, where the greater good is balanced with individual interest.”

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