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Degree Girl "Vicky"

August 30, 2017

Victoria "Vicky Love" Franklin 
Graduate Research Assistant-Student, Social Activist, Community Engagement Advocate, STEM Advocate and Scholar. 

I have always been influenced by education and arts. But community service has always been my first love and passion. Growing up my parents stayed active and engaged in community building activities. Community service became a ministry to me to where on a spiritual level I truly believe that with every person I help, I am tithing back to God. With that said, community service also became a social responsibility as well. 

To understand the social and economic determinants that causes people to need resources. I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Urban Studies with a minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tennessee State University, College of Public Service and Urban Affairs in 2014 and graduated as a Academic Scholarship Recipient, Dean List Student with a 3.632 term GPA.

To understand how to define and solve socio-economic problems including allocate resources, I am currently pursuing my Professional Science Master's in Applied Geospatial Information Systems atTennessee State University, College of Agriculture, Human & Natural Sciences with the expectation to graduate in the Spring of 2018.


After the completion of my Professional Science Masters in Geospatial Information Systems. I plan to pursue a PhD in Public Policy and incorporate geographical analysis. My goal is to use GIS to map and provide statistical analytics to enhance policy decisions, community development and engagement activities including resource allocation and forecasting. 

I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the College of Agriculture, Human & Natural Sciences at Tennessee State University. My role includes:

1. Research/extension Activities: Develop a unique integrated research and extension focus area in the fields of ecosystem services of urban/rural forest resources via geospatial analysis based on an identified site in the TN state, a region within the state, or specific TN County that will strengthen Extension’s impact through new program development.


2. Receive and gather ideas from extension mentors/coaches including Extension Associate Dean, Program Leaders to assist in outreach program training on variety of GIS technologies available in online mapping through demonstrations, hands – on exercises, and discussion on how to use available data and tools for forest and ranch site planning and management. 


3. Assist Professor in teaching of Advance Geospatial course. 

I am the Executive Founder of Dear Music, Inc. a art advocacy project base organization that promotes visual and performing arts including engage in community service. I am the CEO of the Nashville (National) Annual Black Excellence Expo that promotes black excellence including education, arts and culture. 

I attend to continue to strive to be the voice for the voiceless and maybe, possibly cause a spark of interest for change within neighborhoods, communities and society or even worldwide. My collegiate background, love for learning, community and strong belief of social responsibility empowers me to continue in the field of Geospatial Information Systems and Public Policy. 

 

My long-term goal is to contribute to the formation of public policy and build an effective community engagement strategy for socio-economic empowerment. 

 

 

 

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