Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
It has been my great privilege to serve as the Chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee since the Network was established in 2005. When the participants in our 2005 conference in Talloires recommended the creation of a network to promote the values contained in the Talloires Declaration, I never could have imagined the incredible growth the Network would achieve in just a few short years. It has been inspiring to collaborate with extraordinary Network colleagues from around the world, and I am proud of the tremendous progress we have made together.
I will formally step down as Steering Committee Chair at the conclusion of our upcoming conference in Madrid. The conference will provide an excellent springboard for the next five years of the Network’s growth, and I feel that the time is right for the Steering Committee to move forward under new leadership. We will also be reorganizing the structure of the Steering Committee itself to ensure strong ongoing leadership of the Network’s diverse activities. We will be in touch with members about these plans in advance of the Madrid conference, where we will have opportunities to review them.
I am very pleased to announce that the Steering Committee has selected Mark Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, to serve as the Network’s next Chair. Mark was a founding member of the Network and brings a wealth of experience in the field of civic engagement, described in more detail below. I am confident that the Network will experience tremendous growth and success under Mark’s leadership.
I want to thank all of you for your support of the Network, which is an important reflection of the remarkable work you are doing with your communities. I anticipate a dynamic and productive exchange of ideas at our Madrid conference. As the Talloires Network begins a new chapter in its development, I look forward to witnessing the continued growth of the global movement for engaged universities.
Mark Gearan to serve as new Steering Committee Chair
The Talloires Network is pleased to announce that Mark Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will serve as the next Chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. He will assume office at the conclusion of the upcoming Talloires Network conference in Madrid. As president of HWS since 1999, President Gearan and has reinforced the Colleges’ commitment to academic rigor, global understanding, study abroad opportunities, community service and service-learning. He previously served as director of the Peace Corps and as Director of Communications and Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House during the Clinton administration. President Gearan is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and serves on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and The Partnership of Public Service. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of ServiceNation. He is the past national chair of Campus Compact, a Talloires Network partner organization that is the leading advocate for civic engagement in US higher education.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. Thirty-four US members of the Talloires Network made the 2010 Honor Roll. Three Talloires members were among the six universities given the Presidential Award: Augsburg College, San Francisco State University, and California State University, Monterey Bay. View all the Talloires Network Honor Roll members on our website>> Learn more at the Learn and Serve America website>>
After stepping down as President of Tufts University, President Bacow will join the governing board for Harvard. "This is a pivotal moment for universities, at a time of profound change in the world, and I hope I can help Harvard continue to lead in defining what a university can and should be in the years ahead," Bacow said. "Harvard sets a high standard for all of higher education, and I’m pleased and excited at the opportunity to return to Harvard in this new role." Learn more>>
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation has been supporting university community engagement in Canada since 2004 through its National University-Based Community Service-Learning (CSL) initiative. Beginning this June, the Foundation will also be launching an annual award for innovative CSL programs at Canadian universities. Following a call for nominations, a selection committee comprised of community members, university professors, and students will recommend up to three awards annually for innovation in community service-learning. The awards will go to community projects that are being jointly supported by community organizations and universities through CSL. Each winner will receive $10,000. In addition, their accomplishments will be celebrated in a video and at a national event. Learn more at the Foundation website>>
The Editorial Committee is currently requesting papers for consideration for the Autumn 2011 edition of the Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement. Building Sustainable Communities through Engagement is the theme and could encompass:
Universities and their role
Building graduate skills and dispositions through engagement
Implementing service learning as a vehicle for engagement
The role of SIFE teams in universities in building sustainable communities
Benefits and challenges of engagement to build sustainable communities
Published by the Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) in South Africa, this report represents an attempt to address the question of whether there are university-specific mechanisms or pathways by which higher education contributes to the development of democratic attitudes and behaviours among students, and how these mechanisms operate and relate to politics both on and off campus. The research contained in this report shows that the potential of a university to act as training ground for democratic citizenship is best realized by supporting students’ exercise of democratic leadership on campus. This, in turn, develops and fosters democratic leadership in civil society. Encouraging and facilitating student leadership in various forms of on-campus political activity and in a range of student organisations emerges as one of the most promising ways in which African universities can act as training grounds for democratic citizenship. Learn more>>
Lingnan University partnered with Deloitte in 2006 to address public education, health, and economic development in the rural village of Gezhangla in Yunnan, China. Lingnan has recently published a Manual for Service-Learning and China’s Rural Development, a book about the personal experiences of the participants in the Project, and a study of the health needs and outcomes for residents of the village. Visit Lingnan’s website to download these publications>>
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.Learn more>>
The 8th annual AUCEA international conference will be held in Sydney, Australia from 11 – 13 July, and the conference sub-themes are: Leadership, Research, Learning, and Partnerships. Keynote speakers will include Sir David Watson, Alison Page, and Fiona Waterhouse. The conference is being presented in partnership with Newcastle University, Central Queensland University, and Business Events Sydney. Learn more>>
Student Community Engagement is a program under the Community University Partnership Program (CUPP), which was established in 2003 to form sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships between the University of Brighton and community partners working together to address issues of marginalization and disadvantage in the local community. Its Student Community Engagement (SCE) program works to identify ways in which the student body might undertake community based activities as part of their accredited learning programs. These service opportunities provide students with access to practitioner and experiential knowledge while supplementing their academic learning. The goal of the SCE program is for students to explore their attitudes, values and aspirations in a real world context while making a contribution to the organization they are working within. Learn more>>
Benchmarks are ways of thinking about and assessing institutional engagement. The following list from the Clearinghouse & National Review Board for The Scholarship of Engagement are preliminary work by various institutions of higher education related to benchmarking. Learn more>>