| 4 October 2011
||The Talloires Network E-Newsletter|
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About the Talloires Network
Tufts University and Innovations in Civic Participation serve as the Secretariat of the Talloires Network.
Steering Committee members
Mark Gearan (Chair)
Janice Reid (Vice-Chair)
Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin
José María Sanz Martínez
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
I am very pleased to announce that the heads of our member institutions have voted overwhelmingly to approve the Steering Committee candidates put forward by the nominations committee. The new Steering Committee members bring incredible experience and commitment to the Network, and I look forward to working with them as we promote greater engagement by universities with their communities.
Following a process of selection by a nominations committee, a slate of candidates was presented to the heads of our member universities for a vote to approve or reject the nominees. Over 95% of those who voted approved the nominees. We are pleased to present the new members of our Steering Committee. Meet the Steering Committee>>
Youth Economic Participation Initiative update
We are making good progress developing the Youth Economic Participation Initiative, working in collaboration with the MasterCard Foundation, aiming to launch this global program of university-community demonstration projects in mid-2012. Many thanks to the Network members who have contributed ideas and recommendations to this effort. We are currently securing input from university students and other youth around the world. 10 student interviewers from Network universities are gathering information from 100 young people, and we are organizing two online dialogues of youth advisors. We are being assisted with youth participation in planning the Initiative by DeCode, Canadian specialists in youth civic participation, employment and social media. If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact Jennifer Catalano, Project Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Hollister to work with Chilean universities
Professor Rob Hollister, Talloires Network Secretariat, is headed to Chile in early November to work with Network member institutions. He will meet with universities that are participating in our small grants and capacity-building program supported by Walmart Foundation and operated in collaboration with Corporación Participa, a leader in the promotion of democratic values and civil society. Professor Hollister will meet with rectors of Network members, the Chilean Director of Santander Universities, and Wal-Mart representatives. In addition, he will speak at a meeting of the Metropolitan Coalition for Social Responsibility and Equality hosted by Mónica Jimenez de la Jara, founding member of the Network Steering Committee and former Chilean Minister of Education. Hollister notes, “I look forward to learning more about the impressive social responsibility programs of Chilean universities and to sharing this information with the rest of the Network.”
Opportunity for members interested in environmental issues
Talloires Network members who are interested in participating in this dialogue are encouraged to contact Ana Torres who is organizing the conversation (email@example.com).
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Volume 15(3), September 2011
2011 IARSLCE Annual Conference. "Research for Impact: Scholarship Advancing Social Change." Chicago, Illinois (USA). 2-4 November 2011.
Community Engagement: The Changing Role of South African Universities in Development. East London, South Africa. 8-10 November 2011.
Hosted by Virginia Tech’s Engagement Academy, the Institute brings together service-learning leaders and engaged scholars, with a well-established foundation in service learning pedagogy, who seek to enhance their leadership capacities, deepen their institutional and community impact, and chart the next steps in their professional development as change agents on campus, in communities, and across the field. Learn more>>
Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, national youth organizations, topic experts, and public figures discuss solutions to pressing global issues. CGI U 2012 will be held at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U’s five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Learn more>>
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Provided by Learn and Serve America, the Clearinghouse is a comprehensive resource on service-learning. Resources found on the Clearinghouse include tool kits, webinars, and sample service-learning syllabi. These resources are geared toward a US audience, but can be adapted for a variety of contexts. Learn more>>