John Wood Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
I am pleased to announce that the Walmart Foundation has made a generous grant to the Talloires Network to support the work of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF). The grant will underwrite the planning and conduct of three national workshops for Forum representatives and others. This plan was developed through a discussion at the fall 2011 annual meeting of the Forum in Cape Town between Forum representatives and Margaret McKenna, former President of the Walmart Foundation. All 23 South African public universities and one private university are members of SAHECEF, which was established in 2009. The Forum’s mission is to strengthen university engagement in South Africa by advocating this field with relevant stakeholders, fostering exchange of best practices, brokering collaboration among its members and other stakeholders, improving the capabilities of its members, and developing and disseminating new knowledge. Last November the Forum led a well-attended national conference on "Civic Engagement: the Role of South African Universities in Development." Talloires Network Steering Committee member Dr. Jerome Slamat serves as Chairperson of the Forum.
I would also like to remind everyone that nominations for the 2012 MacJannet Prize are due on 15 February. Please visit our website or contact the Talloires Network secretariat for more information.
The Talloires Network is accepting nominations for the 2012 MacJannet Prize. The MacJannet Prize recognizes exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in Talloires Network member universities around the world. Three prizes will be awarded: First Prize ($7,500); Second Prize ($5,000); and Third Prize ($2,500). Winning programs will be profiled on the Talloires Network website and in communications that reach thousands of higher education contacts world-wide. Nominations are due by 15 February 2012. Visit our website to learn more or to nominate a program>> Service-Learning Asia Network launches web platform
The purpose of the Service-Learning Asia Network (SLAN) is to promote the common interests and networks of student exchanges, faculty research, curriculum development and program evaluation among universities interested in service-learning in Asia. SLAN members share ideas about the development of service-learning in the region and have united together to encourage cross-national collaborations. Lingnan University, a Talloires Network member since 2009, serves as the secretariat of SLAN. With support from SLAN members, Lingnan University has developed a website for SLAN to help provide a platform to make exchanges and to support each others’ work. For more information, please visit SLAN’s website>>
The Association of Commonwealth Universities is holding a conference titled "Critical Women: Women as Agents of Change through Higher Education" in Sri Lanka from 6-8 March 2012. The Talloires Network has organized a panel titled "Universities engaging with gender issues in their societies" which will seek to explore ways in which universities, by identifying and grasping opportunities to address inequalities and injustices pertaining to women in their wider communities, can enhance their engagement with those communities while changing lives for the better. The panel will include speakers from across the Talloires Network:
Moderator Dr. Lorlene Hoyt, Director of Programs and Research, Talloires Network
Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, Vice-Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan
Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
To Serve a Larger Purpose calls for the reclamation of the original democratic purposes of civic engagement and examines the requisite transformation of higher education required to achieve it. The contributors to this timely and relevant volume effectively highlight the current practice of civic engagement and point to the institutional change needed to realize its democratic ideals. Using multiple perspectives, To Serve a Larger Purpose explores the democratic processes and purposes that reorient civic engagement to what the editors call "democratic engagement." The norms of democratic engagement are determined by values such as inclusiveness, collaboration, participation, task sharing, and reciprocity in public problem solving and an equality of respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone contributes to education, knowledge generation, and community building. Contributors include Lorlene Hoyt, the Talloires Network’s new Director of Programs and Research. Learn more>>
This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls for a renewal of higher education’s civic mission. Commissioned by the US Department of Education and released at a White House convening in January 2012, the report pushes back against a prevailing national dialogue that limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy. The Task Force calls on educators and public leaders to advance a 21st century vision of college learning for all students—a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student’s college education. Learn more>>
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 conference will bring together stakeholders from universities, industry, communities and governments to provide the necessary impetus at the regional level to develop a critical agenda that fits in with regional realities, interests and priorities towards achieving better university-industry-community engagement in Asia. To be a part of this important discussion, submit to AsiaEngage your abstract on good practices in community engagement by 1 March 2012. Learn more>>
The conference will set its focus on different themes to get more insight in processes, and develop specific policy recommendations that resonate with public concerns and articulated research needs and built on the experience and know-how of the previous Living Knowledge conferences. It will be an opportunity to bring together key thinkers and practitioners in the area of community based research, university/community partnerships and Science Shops and aims at providing options and opportunities for collaborations and ensuring that this area of work is prioritised on policy agendas both nationally and internationally. 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.
The LDCG is an outreach program of CDU’s Office of Community Engagement that enables students, staff, local government, community members and organizations and local businesses to work together to create a demonstration site for tropical food production and sustainable living education. The LDCG was launched in 2008 by the Talloires Student Group at CDU and is managed through a team of volunteer students and community members who meet regularly to discuss the planning and development of the garden. The main goals of the LDCG are to: create an inviting, safe and respectful space that forges stronger links between the university and community; create a holistic, productive and sustainable community garden site that celebrates sharing, learning and enrichment; build resilience and capacity in the community through the teaching of food production methods and sustainable living practices that can be emulated in homes and organizations; provide a channel for students and staff to engage with the community in an activity that addresses environmental and social issues; and be sustainable, ethical, equitable and responsible in the use of materials, resources, and land management. Learn more>>