John Wood Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
I am pleased to introduce Dr. Lorlene Hoyt as the new Director of Programs and Research for the Talloires Network. Lorlene joins us after 10 years leading MIT@Lawrence, a sustained city-campus partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the city of Lawrence. We are very fortunate to have Lorlene’s community engagement experience and expertise, and I look forward to working with her.
I would also like to announce the Talloires Network’s call for nominations of exceptional community engagement programs for the 2012 MacJannet Prize. Three prizes will be awarded in 2012: First Prize ($7,500); Second Prize ($5,000); and Third Prize ($2,500). This is a wonderful opportunity for outstanding programs to receive recognition for their efforts and to raise their profile. I had the pleasure of meeting representatives of last year’s winners during the Talloires Network conference in Madrid, and I am inspired by the work that they and previous MacJannet Prize winners are doing in partnership with their communities. I look forward to another impressive batch of nominees this year.
Dr. Lorlene Hoyt is joining the Talloires Network as Director of Programs and Research. In this role she will direct the Network’s administrative functions and program activities, handling responsibilities previously performed by the Talloires Network Coordinator and also leading the design and implementation of selected new initiatives. She will coordinate implementation of our work plan, oversee communications activities and outreach to current and prospective members, and support the Steering Committee and Talloires working groups. Learn more about Lorlene>>
Opportunities Call for Proposals CACSL Conference May 10-12, 2012
Are you involved in research or practice in community service-learning or other engaged pedagogies? The Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning (CACSL) and the University of Saskatchewan invite proposals for research paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, panels or talking circles for Impacts of Community Engagement to be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan May 10-12. Proposals are due January 31, 2012. For more information: http://blog.communityservicelearning.ca/2011/398. If you are interested in hosting a preconference meeting or workshop, please contact CACSL: http://www.usask.ca/cacsl2012/
RFP: "Pathways to Cleaner Production" Higher Education for Development (HED), a USAID partner, expects to make one (1) award of up to $759,000 for three (3) years for a regional higher education partnership between one U.S. institution and three to four Latin American universities. Two to three of the partner universities will be selected from among the following countries: Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, one university will be selected from among the countries of Chile, Panama or Peru. This multi-country partnership will increase and utilize the capacity of higher education institutions to contribute to cleaner production practices in the region. The application deadline is 14 December 2011. Learn more>>
Papers and Publications
International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2011) Published by Queen’s University, the IJSLE is a peer-reviewed online journal which seeks to foster inquiry into rigorous engineering design and research and direct those efforts toward solving problems of marginalized communities. The examination of cultural appropriateness is emphasized along with the application of appropriate technologies and entrepreneurial application of sustainable solutions. Focus is also placed on associated pedagogy and the dissemination of project results as the Journal seeks to nurture service learning in engineering as a distinct body of knowledge. Read this issue>>
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>>
CCPH is convening its 15th Anniversary Conference to nurture a growing network of community-campus partnerships that are striving to solve our most pressing health, social and economic challenges. Held at a pivotal time in the history of CCPH and the community-campus partnerships "movement," the conference will convene hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting. Learn more>>
The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative at Auburn University has announced the first annual Academy for Community and Civic Engagement (ACCE) for faculty throughout the American southeast in the arts and humanities who are interested in incorporating civic engagement/service learning practices into their courses, outreach scholarship, and P & T documentation. ACCE will provide an intense 3-day workshop for successful applicants. The purpose of the Academy for Community and Civic Engagement is:
To promote and develop community and civic engagement initiatives among faculty and colleges in the region;
To encourage faculty to develop courses with civic engagement/service learning experiences for students;
To foster collaborative teaching, research, and outreach efforts among faculty and across universities; and
To provide resources and support for community and civically engaged faculty.
Creating Communities for Development, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), 2011 MacJannet Prize 3rd Place Winner
Creating Communities for Development works in six local communities with high poverty as an advocate for the needs and interests of these communities, to connect university initiatives to these needs, and to be a source of information and networking for stakeholders in these communities. The program has established community centers in each of the communities being engaged. Community members are consulted through surveys and interviews so that they can participate directly in the planning and implementation of projects. Areas addressed by these projects include nutrition, English language training, computer literacy, tutoring support, legal aid, and recreational activities for children.