2019 Underserved Summer Institute

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2019 Underserved Summer Institute  
July 16th -  July 18th, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia 

This three day Institute for Underserved Grantees will provide participants with in-depth and hands-on skills building and knowledge sharing based on Underserved TA foundations (intersectionality, trust, building, engaging communities, peer to peer learning and trauma informed practices) within the grant core areas: services, education and training. This institute will host the Office of Violence Against Women’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 Underserved Grantees and their project partners.

This year’s Institute is a complement to the October 2018 Institute held in Chicago, IL and will draw on the lessons from this training and help grantees conceptualize their growth process as they continue reaching the goals and objectives of their Underserved project.

This in-person training is designed to support the cross pollination of ideas between cohorts and strengthen the grantee’s projects through large and small group discussions on various issue topics including storytelling, discussing and talking about sexual violence, developing effective internal & external training materials, service provision and skill building,  to inform program development for underserved communities impacted by sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Throughout the training, grantees will have several opportunities to think about how the information shared can contribute to further implementation of their programming.

  • Hotel
  • Meeting Day
  • Air Travel
  • Ground Transportation
  • Hotel Amenities
  • Materials
  • Parking
  • Hotel Food and Beverage
  • Nearby Food and Beverage
  • Map
  • Per Diem
  • Additional Accommodations
Hotel reservations must be made by 6/17/19 Sheraton Atlanta Hotel 165 Courtland St. NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404) 659-6500 Hotel Website Book Your Hotel Room Here Check-In/Check-Out Check-in begins at 3:00 pm and check-out is at 12:00 pm.

Every attempt will be made to accommodate those guests arriving prior to 3:00 P.M. If you are interested in a later check-out time, please speak with the hotel. If the hotel is unable to accommodate an early check-in or late check-out time, baggage storage is available.

Lodging Payment and Cancellation Participants will be covering their cost for attendance at the 2019 Underserved Summer Institute. Hotel rooms will be offered at the government rate of $149 per night. All attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations via the link above. Upon making your reservation, please note that if participants use a debit card as their method of payment, an authorization will be placed on their bank account for the total amount of the room plus $50.00 for incidentals per day. The authorization will show as pending for 5-7 business days, though the final balance charged may be less.

The deadline to book hotel rooms is Monday, June 17th COB so please make reservations as soon as possible. It is important that you do not miss this deadline, as you will not be guaranteed the government rate ($149) after this date and rooms may not be available.

Cancellation will be accepted seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival. After 72 hours, a cancellation will result in a charge of one night’s room and tax and will be charged to the individual credit card. It is the responsibility of each participant to contact the hotel directly regarding cancellation. You must also notify the Underserved TA Team of any unanticipated cancellations. 

Onsite registration will occur at the Sheraton Hotel Atlanta in Savannah on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Recommended attire for the meeting is business casual. If you have any questions about attire, please reach out to us. Please note that the average temperature in Atlanta for July ranges from 81 - 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Please dress to ensure you will be at a comfortable temperature in the hotel as well as outdoors.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Information: This airport is a twenty-five (25) minute car ride to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Accessibility: Please contact your airline for information about wheelchairs and other special assistance. See below for airport-specific information. If you need any additional accessibility accommodations for lodging and other on-site travel, lodging or materials, please contact Zarena Leblanc at zleblanc@also-chicago.org.

Wheelchair Service: Airline representatives are available to provide wheelchair assistance. To reserve a wheelchair, contact the airline directly before your scheduled flight. Passengers with limited English proficiency should contact their airline for language assistance. For airline contact information, please visit Passenger Airlines at ATL.

Due to partial closures on the North Terminal roadways, passengers who need wheelchair assistance for drop-off between 9 pm and 5 am should contact their airline’s wheelchair company at least five minutes before arriving at the Airport.

  • Prime Flight (Air Canada, Alaska, American, Contour, Spirit and Turkish) (404) 530-7049
  • Prospect (JetBlue, Southwest and United) (404) 209-0503

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. 

At Hartsfield-Jackson, the following modes of ground transportation are available to passengers with disabilities. Please contact one of the companies below to request special assistance, a wheelchair lift or ramp-equipped transportation.

  • Checker Cab (404) 351-1111
  • Yellow Cab (404) 688-8454

ADA Coordinator:  Please direct all ADA questions, requests for auxiliary aids or service, requests for alternate format or other ADA concerns to the Airport ADA Coordinator at (404) 382-2280 during regular business hours. Please click on the following link for additional ADA information Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) ADA Passenger Information.

Transportation Arriving/Departing: Atlanta International Airport is a twenty-five (25) minute drive to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Please see the information below pertaining to your travel needs.

Ground Transportation – Domestic Terminal: The Ground Transportation Center is located at the west end of the domestic terminal building and offers the following services: Shuttle bus services offer door-to-door and on-demand pickup service from the Airport to the Atlanta metropolitan area and bordering states, departing every fifteen (15) minutes within the metropolitan area, every thirty (30) minutes for all other areas. Taxis, rental cars are located at the Rental Car Center, with free SkyTrain service to and from the airport. Hanging signs and a color-coded system will help passengers quickly identify loading and unloading zones for each ground transportation service:

  • Taxis: Yellow/Zone 1
  • Hotel shuttles: Green/Zone 4
  • Local/regional shuttles: Green/Zone 4
  • Charter buses: Blue/Zone 5
  • Parking shuttles: Orange/Zone 2
  • International shuttle connector: Red/Zone 3

Because Atlanta-bound passengers cannot access secured areas of the Airport after they pick up their luggage at the International Terminal baggage claim, the Airport has established shuttle services to link passengers at the International Terminal with existing facilities.

The international shuttle connector offers direct service from the International Terminal to two locations:

  • Existing facilities: A 15-minute shuttle ride connects the International Terminal with the Domestic Terminal’s ground transportation area at the west end of the building. From here, passengers can access the Domestic Terminal, parking areas and MARTA train service to downtown.
  • Rental Car Center: A 15-minute shuttle ride links passengers with the Rental Car Center, which houses all rental car transaction counters and vehicles.
  • The international shuttle connector is a free service and operates 24 hours a day.

Taxis: Please see the following Taxi companies available for transportation to and from the airport, flat fee: $30 USD.

  • Rapid Taxi: (404) 222-9888
  • Checker Cab: (404) 351-1111
  • Atlanta Lenox: (404) 872-2600

LYFT/UBER:  Please download the apps as needed. If you prefer to take Lyft or Uber, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is in an agreement with both. Arriving passengers can order a car from the company’s mobile app. Please check at the airport for signage, pick-up is at a designated area.

  • For Domestic Terminal pickups, head to the level below baggage claim via the escalators near South Baggage Carousel 5 or North Baggage Carousel 4. Exit the airport across the pedestrian zone, then follow the rideshare
  • For International Terminal pickups, meet your driver at the outer curb and choose a door number, so your driver knows where to pick you up.

Request when you’re at the Rideshare Pickup zone: For Domestic Terminal pickups, walk to the Rideshare Pickup zone, then request your ride.  Please do not request beforehand, as your driver may have to pay for parking if they are in the lot for more than 15 minutes.

Confirm your location: For Domestic Terminal pickups contact your driver to let them know which color-coded sign you’re waiting by in the Rideshare Pickup zone.

Public Transit:   The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides train and bus service to metro Atlanta. MARTA’s Airport Station connects to Hartsfield-Jackson at the west end of the Domestic Terminal between Domestic Terminal North and Domestic Terminal South baggage claim areas. The public transit system includes elevator access for customers with disabilities. For more information, visit www.itsmarta.com or (404) 848-5000.

MARTA offers convenient rail service from the airport. The hotel is closest to the Peachtree Center Station, Stop #N1. Guests should take the north exit and turn left onto Andrew Young International Boulevard.

  • Fee: 2.50 USD each way.
  • Travel time 20 minutes to Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.
  • Prepare to walk 10 minutes from Peachtree Center Station to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. 

Hotel services and amenities are listed on Sheraton Atlanta Hotel’s website. Attendees will receive complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms only.
Attendees can find the agenda, session descriptions and materials, speaker information, etc. here on ALSO’s website. Please note that materials will become available online on a rolling basis so please keep checking our website for updates. Printed materials will be available onsite.
Onsite parking fees: is 0 - 3 hours is $17, 3 - 6 hours is $22, over 6 is $32 and valet parking is $42. Overnight is $32.
Due to OVW rules, there will be no food or beverage served during the conference. Water will be available in all meeting rooms. Check ALSO’S registration desk for more information. For your convenience, the following restaurants are available onsite and nearby.

In the hotel, you will have access to the following dining and café options:

Collage Collage is a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant, offers buffets as well as delectable à la carte menus. Cuisine: Continental Hours of operation: Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Lunch Buffet: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fandangles The elegant yet relaxed Fandangles Restaurant & Bar, overlooking the pool, offers a health-conscious "Southern Evolution" menu with distinct regional and local flavors. Cuisine: Southern/Soul Hours of Operations: Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., Friday 2:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m., Saturday 2:30 p.m. - 2: 00 a.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

The Deli The Deli is a casual eatery. Offers Starbucks® daily brew, cappuccino, latté, tea, breakfast sandwich, lunch and dinner options. Cuisine: Continental Hours of Operation: 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Casual Eatery Grab 'n Go

Near and around the hotel, you will have access to the following dining and café options:

Sweet Auburn (lunch and dinner) Modern, popular choice for Southern-style seafood mains & small plates 0.4 miles 171 Auburn Avenue, Northeast

Waffle House (breakfast, lunch, dinner, 24hrs) 0.2 miles 112 Courtland Avenue, Northeast

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant (lunch and dinner) Serves curry, jerk, oxtail & more 0.4 miles 180 Auburn Avenue, Northeast

Moe’s Southwest Grill Counter-serve chain dishing up Southwestern staples from burritos to nachos 0.4 miles 171 Auburn Avenue Northeast

Subway (lunch) Sandwich, salad, soup 0.2 miles 112 Courtland Street Northeast

Hsu’s at Peachtree Center (lunch and dinner) Chinese dishes, including noodles & soups 0.2 miles 192 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast

Metro Cafe Diner (breakfast, lunch, dinner) open 24/7 0.2 miles 229 Peachtree Street, Suite #B-17

Ray's In the City (lunch and dinner) 0.5 miles 240 Peachtree Street Northwest

White Oak Kitchen (lunch and dinner) American fare & speciality cocktails 0.4 miles 270 Peachtree Street Northwest

Alma Cocina (lunch and dinner) Mexican Fare 0.4 miles 191 Peachtree Street Northwest

Mehan's Public House (lunch and dinner) Bar Food sandwiches, sides, soup salads 0.4 miles 200 Peachtree Street Northwest

Amalfi Pizza (Lunch and dinner) Pizza, pasta and salads 0.317 miles Andrew Young International Boulevard Northeast

Red Phone Booth (dinner) Speakeasy, small plates 0.317 miles Andrew Young International Boulevard Northeast

Kosher, Halal & Vegetarian Options Haveli Indian Cuisine (lunch and dinner) Indian eatery 0.4 miles 225 Ted Turner Drive, Northwest 

Below you will find a small map of the area surrounding the hotel.
The federal meal per diem rate for Atlanta, GA is $66 per day. This will be covered by each participant’s grant. Travel days will be at 75% of the per diem ($49.50).
ALSO Program Coordinator, Zarena Leblanc, will be available onsite, July 15th, 2019. If you have any questions prior to arrival please call (773) 235-5705 ext. 212 or email the Underserved TA Team at underservedtaproject@also-chicago.org.  Onsite, you can reach Zarena Leblanc at (718) 506-7825.

This project was supported by 2016-TA-AX-K034 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.