Our “Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement” series highlights civic engagement change-makers from around the world. While the series is ongoing, we took the time to gather the 61 interviews that took place before the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference.
Starting in March of 2012, Tufts University scholars and students interviewed a TN Steering Committee member, wrote an article and featured their leadership in the TN monthly newsletter. These interviews showed that university civic engagement is driven and shaped by societal values, such as good citizenship, social responsibility, and social solidarity. Though there is significant variation with regard to terminology across and within different regions of the globe, the larger story is one of common cause and vision. Numerous interviewees affirmed that university civic engagement is indeed a growing global movement.
While the leadership of university vice-chancellors, rectors and presidents is essential, the lion’s share of higher education civic engagement work is done by university administrators, faculty, staff and students – as well as community and funding partners. In November 2013, we expanded the Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series by interviewing several leaders in a single country each month and taking advantage of the variety of leaders actively involved in TN programs and activities. The articles were accompanied by background research on national contexts and member institutions.
At the time of this first online publication, we had interviewed and written articles about the experience of 61 leaders at 26 universities in 17 countries.