February 2016 Newsletter

 


TN Newsletter

Tony MonacoDear friends,

These are busy times for the Talloires Network, as winds of change and growth continue to push us forward.

In the next few weeks, our Secretariat will move across the Tufts University campus to work more closely and combine efforts with the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. This move will allows us to better integrate our local efforts for community engagement with our vision for a globally-connected movement for social responsibility in higher education.

In 2016, we are welcoming a new group of scholars representing the most unique and innovative programs in university-community engagement in the African continent. Our University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grants will focus on the outcomes of education strategies for youth leadership and employability. These exemplary programs are building health centers in Cameroon, training entrepreneurs in Uganda, promoting healthy habits for mothers and their children in South Africa, and much more.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation will award the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. This award seeks to recognize outstanding and innovative efforts in community engagement, following the motto that encourages us to “think globally and act locally.” Previous first-place winners include universities in Argentina, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, and Pakistan. Nominations for the 2016 edition are due on February 29th.

Lastly, we welcome three new universities to our network. The Mirpur University of Science and Technology in Pakistan, and the United Kingdom’s Nottingham Trent University and De Monfont University Leicester have signed the Talloires Declaration and join our coalition to make the world a better place using the power of our university communities. Welcome aboard.

Through the Talloires Network, we want to bring people together to take action. Stay tuned for more opportunities to do so, and send us your best suggestions on how to build our coalition through the TN Connects platform.

Sincerely,

Anthony P. Monaco

President, Tufts University

Chair, Talloires Network Steering Committee

Nominations for the 2016 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship are due in four days!

This award recognizes exemplary work in university civic engagement. The push for open and engaged universities needs to be grounded on partnerships between students, educators, community organizations, and regular citizens. While receiving an award isn’t the motivation behind our work, taking a moment to pause and recognize successful efforts is a worthy endeavor. It is imperative for outstanding community engagement models and practices to be recognized. Learn More>>>

Talloires Network News

Again! Don’t miss the chance to submit your nomination for the 2016 MacJannet Prize. Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation come together for the eighth time to find the excellent programs that make up the fabric of community engagement around the world. Former first-place winners include universities in Argentina, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, and Pakistan. Learn More>>>

The winners of the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grants have begun sharing their experience on TN Connects. The “Self-Introduction” series introduces you to the cohort, which will be using our community of practice platform for the next year to discuss issues relevant to civic engagement practitioners in Africa and beyond. Learn More>>>

New members! We welcome Mirpur University of Science and Technology (Pakistan), Nottingham Trent University and De Monfont University Leicester (United Kingdom) to the Talloires Network family. Visit their profiles to find out more about their community-based work.

Partner Network News

The Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS, for its Spanish acronym) has just released a report describing the 2015 activities of the Ibero-American Network for Service-Learning. This network was created in 2005, and recently celebrated its tenth annivesary with a gathering in Buenos Aires. Browse through this document list to see what the different member organizations and universities are working on. Learn More>>> (Spanish)

2015 MacJannet Prize winners at University of Technology Sydney produced an animated video focused on hardships faced by refugees. Shopfront partnered with Mums4Refugees (M4R), a grassroots community group comprised of mothers who came together to find ways to bring positive changes to Australia’s treatment of refugees and immigration detention system. Learn More>>>

The National University of Sciences and Technology, host of the Pakistan Chapter of the Talloires Network, recently completed a ground-breaking program aimed at increasing water access in the area. A student-led effort made it possible for fifteen new water wells to be installed. Learn More>>>

Opportunities and Announcements

The eighth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies will take place from June 13 to June 23, 2016 at Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville campus. It will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar bringing together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners from many countries and diverse fields of study.
Learn More>>>

An exciting opportunity for engaged faculty interested in working in Europe is available. The Horizon 2020: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Society Fellowships will provide full funding for two years for researchers interested in working in a European organization, large of small. All areas of research are covered by the fellowship, including STEM subjects, social sciences, and humanities. Learn More>>>

Papers and Publications

Our friends at the Kettering Foundation have recently begun working with college presidents to move beyond their administrative and fundraising roles and provide new leadership for civic engagement—to act as “public philosophers” for their institutions. These presidents are eager to take leadership on themes of democracy and civic engagement on their campuses and with their stakeholders. A new blog series offers a space to gather and present their thoughts. Learn More>>>

Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, wrote an article for University World News reflecting on the lessons of 2015, a challenging year for South African universities. “For universities to lead social change, they have to exist within a higher education system that is responsive to the diverse and multiple needs of the economy and society,” wrote Habib. Read More>>>

The Youth Economic Participation Initiative continues to bring together practitioners from across the world to share creative solutions to the global crisis of youth unemployment. Late last year, Elli Yiannakaris from the University of Cape Town visited the United States to share her expertise in entrepreneurship education. She teamed up with the University of Minnesota‘s Ross VeLure Roholt to reflect on their learning in a blog post titled “Enterprise or Entrepreneuship Education?” Read More>>>

Upcoming Events

Campus Compact invites all Talloires Network members to attend its 30th Anniversary conference, “Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact.” The event will be held in Boston in March 2016. All TN members are eligible for the Campus Compact member rate. Please fill out the online form to obtain the member discount code. Learn More>>>

AIEA Thematic Forum: Leveraging Industry Partnerships in a Global Context for Student and Faculty Success. North Carolina State University, March 21-22.

AIEA attendees will be welcomed to NC State for two days of engaging sessions involving presentations, discussions and panels by leaders in industry and international education. Learn More>>>

Third Africa Regional Network Conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research. Accra, Ghana, April 19-20.

This conference will explore pertinent questions about how civil society has contributed to African development, democratization, and integration. Learn More>>>

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) 14th International Conference. New Orleans, May 11-14.

The 2016 conference is designed to help communities and campuses gain a better understanding of health inequities and effective partnering strategies to overcome inequities. Learn More>>> 

We are always updating the conferences calendar on our website. Read More>>>