Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
As the global movement for engaged universities continues to grow, media and public attention has also increased. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, founding President of Aga Khan University, Saran Kaur Gill, DVC for Industry and Community Partnerships at the National University of Malaysia, and I recently had the opportunity to contribute an opinion piece to the global edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. We made the case that the university is not an ivory tower, but a social enterprise with obligations to the society that supports it. Drawing on examples from our three institutions, we demonstrated that working on local problems can enhance teaching and transform lives, that a university can have national influence by acting locally, and that universities need partners to do this work effectively. I look forward to continued public attention on this vital work, and I encourage you to take every opportunity to promote the civic roles of higher education through your local and national press.
I am also pleased to announce that 22 of the 75 nominations received for this year’s MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship have been chosen to advance to the second round, which includes phone interviews of students and staff from each program. A selection committee consisting of leaders in higher education civic engagement will announce the eight winning programs in March. Thanks to all who submitted nominations, and congratulations to those programs that have advanced to further consideration.
A reminder: The Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference, "Building the Engaged University, Moving beyond the Ivory Tower," will take place in Madrid, Spain, on 14-16 June 2011. Held in partnership with Santander Bank, the Pearson Foundation, and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the conference will bring together the leaders of Talloires Network member universities to explore how to deepen the impact of community engagement in the higher education sector. Leaders of major philanthropic organizations, top government officials, and journalists will also join us. Sessions will cover technology and online organizing, creating policy environments to support community engagement, program design and evaluation, community partnerships, and more. Presidents and Vice-Chancellors of Talloires Network member institutions should RSVP to Elizabeth Babcock (email@example.com). I look forward to seeing you in Madrid.
The Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference: "Building the Engaged University, Moving beyond the Ivory Tower" will take place 14-16 June 2011 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. In order to celebrate the five year anniversary of the founding of the Talloires Network, we will gather presidents, vice chancellors and rectors from across the globe, representing the diversity of our 200 member universities from 58 countries. We will strategize about the future of the Network, develop proposals for new projects, assess the current state of civic engagement and social responsibility in higher education and share knowledge about implementing policies and programs that advance human and social development. Talloires Network member presidents who are interested in RSVPing or applying for travel grants should contact Liz Babcock, the Talloires Network coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Learn more>>
The Talloires Network is pleased to announce that 22 nominations have advanced to the second round of consideration for the 2010 MacJannet Prize. Congratulations to all of these programs for making it to the second round. The award winners will be announced in March. To see the 22 second-round programs, visit the MacJannet Prize website>>
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an essay by Lawrence S. Bacow, Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, and Saran Kaur Gill entitled "A University’s Calling: to Repair the Social Fabric." Citing examples of higher education community engagement in Pakistan, the US, and Malaysia, the authors argue that "discussions about investments in higher education must include not only access and internationalization, but also aligning university resources with local, regional, and national needs." Read the article>>
The Jenzabar Foundation welcomes grant proposals from US institutions of higher education. Proposals are evaluated based on their relevance to the Foundation’s mission of recognizing and supporting the good works and humanitarian efforts of student leaders serving others across the global community. The Foundation accepts proposals on a rolling basis and makes every effort to review and respond to proposals within ten weeks of receipt. Learn more>>
Recognition of the outreach and engagement partnership efforts of four-year US public universities the is the goal of the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award and the Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the National Outreach Scholarship Conference. The awards program seeks to identify colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities. In 2011 five universities will receive the Outreach Scholarship which includes a $6,000 prize. One of these will then be selected to receive the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award, including a $20,000 prize. Applications are due March 21, 2011. Learn more>>
A collection of essays on how civic engagement in higher education works to achieve what authors John Saltmarsh and Edward Zlotkowski consider the academic and civic purposes of higher education. Organized thematically, the twenty-two essays in this volume provide signposts designed to advance higher education’s journey toward fulfilling these civic purposes. Contributors include Donna Killian Duffy, John N. Gardner, Ira Harkavy, Barbara A. Holland, Kevin Kecskes, Keith Morton, KerryAnn O’Meara, R. Eugene Rice, and the authors.Learn more>>
The Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD) in collaboration with The Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) at the University of Brighton and the Sub-Saharan Africa Participatory Research Network (REPAS) are organizing a conference on Community University Partnerships. The conference will take place at UCAD and will be presided over by the Senegalese Head of State, his Excellency President Abdoulaye Wade. The purpose of the conference is to bring together students, scholars, civil society organizations and local communities to exchange experiences and practices of community-university partnership activities with a focus on the Africa region. The conference forms part of a joint British Council funded project on ‘Student Community Engagement for Employability and Entrepreneurship with concrete examples from the Africa Region.’Learn more>>
In partnership between the Centre for Community Based Research (Canada) and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, CU Expo2011 will showcase the exemplars in Community-University partnerships worldwide, and explore and introduce creative ways of strengthening our local communities. Objectives include:
To raise awareness about how to implement effective and innovative community-university strategies;
To showcase how best to incorporate global perspectives in addressing local concerns;
To create spaces where participants will develop strategies for action on common issues facing local communities; and
To leave a legacy of new and stronger global networks with a renewed understanding of the potential of community-university partnerships as a means for social action.
Join community partners, faculty, administrators, and students interested in deepening their understandings and practices of community-higher education partnerships. Through a blend of presentations from the field, plenaries and working sessions, the Institute will explore strategies to address persistent challenges, analyze promising practices, and examine research to advance the study of partnerships. Learn more>>
In accordance with the increasing awareness of Service-Learning, the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) of Lingnan University, Lingnan Foundation, and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia have joined together to expand Service-Learning programs throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. The conference aims at gathering educators, students, government officials and service providers from around the world to exchange ideas on the development and the role of Service-Learning in making a difference in the society. Learn more>>
Presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors of Talloires Network member universities will gather in Madrid along with other Network leaders and partners to discuss the next five years of the higher education civic engagement movement. We will strategize about the future of the Network, develop proposals for new projects, assess the current state of civic engagement and social responsibility in higher education and share knowledge about implementing policies and programs that advance human and social development. Talloires Network member presidents who are interested in RSVPing or applying for travel grants should contact Liz Babcock, the Talloires Network coordinator (email@example.com)Learn more>>
Community Mobilization for the Abolition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Ahfad University for Women (Sudan), MacJannet Prize 2009 finalist
Ahfad University has partnered with UNV, UNFPA, and UNDP to address the high rate of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) in Sudan. The program mobilizes community members, students, and faculty to conduct peer and formal education. Ahfad’s approach to the FGM issue is unique, as it includes males and youth– groups that have previously been ignored– in its volunteer and outreach activities. Program organizers have used existing organizations and events to disseminate their message, including in-school sessions, public lectures, open days, theatric events, mobile radio announcements, and sporting events.
In addition to highlighting upcoming events in our monthly newsletter, the Talloires Network maintains a running list of upcoming higher education conferences and events that focus on civic engagement or have relevant themes/tracks. These conferences provide excellent opportunities to learn from the experiences of others, present your own research and perspectives, and network with your peers from around the world. If you have information about an event that you would like us to include, please contact John Pollock (firstname.lastname@example.org). Learn more about upcoming conferences>>