John Wood Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
2011 was a pivotal year for the Talloires Network. We continued our steady growth, adding 40 new universities, bringing our membership to 231 institutions in 62 countries. The community engagement work of 20 of our members was explored in a book co-authored by David Watson, Rob Hollister, Susan Stroud, and Elizabeth Babcock. The Engaged University: International Perspectives on Civic Engagement, published in 2011 by Routledge, documents and analyzes the global movement of engaged universities through studies of civic engagement and social responsibility at twenty Talloires Network member universities worldwide.
For the first time since our founding conference in 2005, the Talloires Network convened university leaders from across our entire membership to discuss the future of the global movement for civic engagement in higher education. The Talloires Network Leaders Conference, hosted by the Autonomous University of Madrid in June 2011, brought together university civic engagement stakeholders from around the world, including university presidents, leaders of higher education networks, staff, students, and philanthropic leaders.
The conference also marked a transition in the leadership of the Talloires Network. After leading the Network since its founding in 2005, President Larry Bacow stepped down at the Madrid Conference. I had the honor of taking his place as Chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. Most of our original Steering Committee members also stepped down last year, and our membership ratified a diverse slate of new Steering Committee members. I look forward to working with these new members, and I am committed to continuing the progress made under the leadership of President Bacow and the previous Steering Committee. With the continued commitment of our members, I believe that 2012 will be another year of tremendous growth and progress for the Talloires Network.
The Talloires Network is pleased to call for nominations for the fourth annual 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 in 2012: 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>>
AsiaEngage has been established as an umbrella for the Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU) and the ASEAN University Network Thematic Network on University Social Responsibility and Sustainability (AUN-USR&S). Initiated and driven by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM or The National University of Malaysia), it aims to create opportunities for the sharing of innovative industry and community engagement practices, developing regional capacity for effective engagement, forging collaborative industry and community-based research and driving learning prospects as well as inspiring youth volunteerism across ASEAN and Asia. AsiaEngage is holding its inaugural conference on 7-9 May 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. “Higher-Education-Industry-Community Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across Asia" will bring together stakeholders from across the region to to develop a critical agenda that fits in with regional realities, interests and priorities towards achieving better university-industry-community engagement in Asia. Learn more about AsiaEngage>>
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/
Service-Learning and the Liberal Arts: How and Why It Works What are the connections between service-learning and a liberal arts education? That is the central question of this volume and scholars from a variety of disciplines – chemistry, economics, education, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, religious studies, and sociology – seek to answer it here. The scholars collected by Craig A. Rimmerman ground their essays in a positive assumption about the importance of service-learning in contributing to students’ moral, ethical, and social development within the broader context of a liberal arts education. Includes a forward by President Mark Gearan, Chair of the Talloires Steering Committee. 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 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.
Community Links, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), MacJannet Prize 2011 3rd Prize winner Community Links is an institute-wide program whose goals are to aid in the alleviation of educational disadvantage, widen participation and enhance civic engagement, particularly in inner city Dublin. The underpinning philosophy of Community Links is that education for citizenship begins at a very early age and continues throughout life. The community-based programs – Ballymun Music Program and Computer Learning In Communities – created and maintain partnerships with disadvantaged schools and communities, teachers, and parents, to identify and meet their educational needs through the vehicles of learning / performing music, and computer technology. The DIT-based programs – Access Service, Mature Student Access Program, and Students Learning with Communities – focus on providing pathways to higher education access for disadvantaged young people and adults, and supporting students and faculty to design service-learning projects in collaboration with community partners. Learn more>>