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Auburn University Participates in Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium

Auburn University Participates in Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium

This week, Auburn University will join 13 other Appalachian-based colleges and universities at the 19th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Symposium in Washington, DC to present on their work at Cubahatchie Cemetery in Shorter, Alabama.

To prepare for the ATP Symposium, 11 students enrolled in Practicum of Liberal Arts, a for-credit academic course to design and lead research projects in Appalachian communities to address Regional challenges. Each ATP project focuses on one of five themes: outdoor recreation & tourism development; workforce barriers, community health and the opioid crisis; community development through cultural heritage and the arts; community planning and asset development; and Appalachian waterways and parks. As a capstone for the coursework, students and their faculty sponsors travel to Washington, DC to present their work to other student delegations, ARC leadership, and community leaders at the Symposium.

“I am very proud of the students representing Auburn University as they continue their important coursework toward building a better future for their communities,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “These students are engaged in work that benefits an entire region, and represent an institution that has worked consistently within our region to prepare our next generation of leaders.”

Since 2001, over 2,350 college and graduate students from across Appalachia have participated in the Appalachian Teaching Project. A recent survey of past participants found that 65 percent of ATP alumni still live in the Appalachian region and credit their participation in the ATP as either moderately or highly influencing their decision to stay. Over 85 percent of ATP alumni are employed, and report that ATP had a lasting impact on their career.

ATP is a partnership between ARC and the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, and is administered by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.

Auburn University has provided instruction, research, and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 150 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant Institutions. AU Makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 130 degree programs to more than 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

The Appalachian Regional Commission ( is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

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Participating Students

  • Valerie Cramer
  • Julia Creech
  • Taylor Hardin
  • Jordan Kramer
  • Camdyn Neal
  • Charlie Shorey
  • Elizabeth Turochy
  • Tyler Ward
  • Hannah White
  • Messiah Williams
  • Dennis Powell, Alabama State University
  • Benjamin Wilson, Auburn High School


Learn More about Work at Cubahatchie Cemetery

Last Updated: December 05, 2019