Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
Thanks to the work of our members and partners, in 2010 the Talloires Network continued to expand its membership and its activities throughout the world. Our membership grew to 190 universities in 58 countries. We gained the support and partnership of several generous and forward-looking funders, including Banco Santander, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Pearson Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Walmart Foundation.
We also utilized our unique capacity to bring together diverse community engagement stakeholders from around the world. With the support of The Rockefeller Foundation, we convened a group of 20 leaders in higher education civic engagement at the Bellagio Conference Center to discuss the current state and future growth in the field. We also brought together 15 staff and student representatives of last year’s MacJannet Prize winners to the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France, to receive their awards and to spend several days discussing their work, exchanging ideas, and networking. Finally, we have partnered with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Banco Santander, and the Pearson Foundation to hold the Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference in Madrid this coming June. Read below for more information about the upcoming conference.
I am also pleased to announce that another edition of the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship has begun with great success. We received a total of 75 nominations, from 59 universities in 26 countries, for this year’s MacJannet Prize. The quality and range of the projects nominated reflects the growth and increasing diversity of the Talloires Network itself. The Network staff and the Prize Selection Committee are now reviewing the nominations, and the eight winners will be announced in March. I look forward to meeting representatives of the winning programs at our Global Leaders Conference in Madrid in June. Look for more information on our website in the coming weeks.
Together, we accomplished a great deal in 2010. I look forward to our continued collaboration and hope that 2011 is a year of great success for all our members and partners.
The Talloires Network Global Conference 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 would like to again gather university leaders from around the world to discuss the next five years of the higher education civic engagement movement. We will gather presidents, vice chancellors and rectors from across the globe, representing the diversity of our 190 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 deadline for nominations for the third annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship has now passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination this year. The Talloires Network received 75 nominations from 59 universities in 26 countries, representing the diversity of our membership. The MacJannet Prize recognizes exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in Talloires Network member universities around the world. One first prize ($5,000), two second prizes ($2,500 each), and five third-place prizes ($1,000 each) will be awarded. Winning programs will be profiled on the Talloires Network website and in communications that reach thousands of higher education contacts world-wide. Representatives from winning programs will also be hosted by the Talloires Network and MacJannet Foundation to receive their award in person at a special Award Ceremony. Visit our website to learn more>>
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>>
Initial efforts to legitimize service-learning and other forms of community-based education required group cohesion. The concern, however, is that the initial group cohesion has led to groupthink wherein group members have avoided critical analysis and evaluation. This book aims to prevent groupthink within the field of service-learning by allowing for the examination of effective alternatives by new voices who can serve as "critical evaluators" from within the field itself. Myriad perspectives are offered, including empirical, theoretical, practical, and community perspectives. Authors challenge preconceived notions of service-learning, who is benefited by this pedagogy, outcomes of participation and implementation, and most importantly the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological lenses through which service-learning is considered. Edited by Trae Stewart and Nicole Webster. 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>>
Global Hope provides international educational volunteering opportunities for staff and students of Liverpool Hope University. Global Hope enables students and staff to take action as responsible global citizens by leading educational activities in developing countries, thus participating in the promotion of a more just and sustainable world. Beginning in 1982, the vision of this work was to raise awareness of global problems through active engagement with issues in the developing world. Global Hope has grown to embrace working with a variety of partners across the globe in places as diverse as India, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Romania and Brazil. Learn more>>
Edited by Sarena Seifer and Kara Connors of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and published by Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, the toolkit is divided into 10 units designed to aid faculty in every step of planning, designing, and implementing service-learning programs into their curriculum and institutions as well as program evaluation and assessment. Each unit includes tips and in-depth content information about the topic presented and most units include case studies providing ‘real life’ experiences for readers to learn from. Download the toolkit>>