John Wood Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
Collaboration with other groups that are advancing university civic engagement – regional, national and international networks – has been a primary commitment of the Talloires Network from the day it began. This continues to be a major focus of our efforts. An enormous strength of the global higher education civic engagement movement is the vision and dynamic leadership of the multiple coalitions that are operating at different geographic levels.
I would like to share a few examples of our current collaborations with other networks. As I write this note, National University of Malaysia Vice-Chancellor (and Talloires Steering Committee member) Sharifah Shahabudin is hosting a "Regional Conference on Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement," and formally launching AsiaEngage, a growing alliance that already has over 60 member universities in 17 countries. Talloires Network Vice-Chair Jan Reid is representing TN at this historic gathering. In her keynote on "Moving Beyond the Ivory Tower: Opportunities and Challenges" Vice-Chancellor Reid announced a new partnership between TN and AsiaEngage on a joint process that will enable universities to join both networks in a single step. TN Senior Liaison Donald Wertlieb will be representing TN at the annual meeting of Ukrainian rectors in Sevastapol in early June (see article below). His keynote talk will explore opportunities for joint activity and will be followed by a ceremonial co-signing of the Talloires Declaration by Ukrainian rectors who are joining the Talloires Network. Talloires is collaborating with the New Eurasia Foundation on planning a week-long study tour this coming September by leaders of Russian Federal Research Universities on U.S. university civic engagement. Coordination of this initiative is being led by Campus Compact.
In recent newsletters we have communicated about collaboration with other networks – South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (organization of a series of national workshops), Construye Pais, the network of Chilean universities on social responsibility (seed grants to Talloires members) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (recent conference on "Universities Engaging with Gender Issues in Their Societies" and exploration of a joint initiative on university efforts to strengthen social inclusion through civic engagement).
In the coming year, how can the Talloires Network best collaborate with and support the work of sister alliances? We are eager to hear your ideas and recommendations.
May signals the third installment of our monthly Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features John Wood, Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and a member of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. Read the interview>>
Talloires Network Partners with Ukrainian Universities Rectors and faculty from across Ukraine will gather June 7 to strengthen civic roles and social responsibilities of their universities through commitments to the principles of the Talloires Declaration. This year’s Ukrainian Universities Association conference will focus on “Strategies of Ukraine in Geopolitical Space” and will be hosted by Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University in Sevastopol, June 6-10. In the special event on June 7, Professor Donald Wertlieb, former Chairman of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University (USA) and Senior Liaison for the Talloires Network will address the conference on the “Engaged University, Enhanced Education: The Talloires Network Opportunity” as part of a celebration where Rectors will articulate their interests and progress in expanding higher education civic engagement programs through teaching, research, and public service through membership in the Talloires Network. Learn more>>
Featured articles in this issue focus on the key role of community service-learning in the civic identity development of American college students and highlight majors, minors, and certificate programs as important and increasingly popular structures for engaging college students in community service-learning. The Journal of College and Character focuses on character development in college, and how colleges and universities influence, both intentionally and unintentionally, the moral and civic learning and behavior of their students. Learn more>>
As college and university administrators expand and develop their urban campuses, they have also become developers of neighborhoods—and primary drivers of change. But how do institutions contend with urban real estate needs, revitalization opportunities, and community outreach? And how do the residents benefit? Pushing Back the Gates provides a lively discussion of neighborhood-level perspectives of the dynamic changes brought about by institutions’ urban planning efforts. Harley Etienne outlines the rationale for university-driven development and neighborhood revitalization balanced by caution for the limitations of the model. He provides a summary of the University of Pennsylvania’s West Philadelphia Initiatives and the challenges and successes of this unique plan. Etienne also examines the implementation of similar efforts at different universities around the country. 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 Engagement Academy, developed by a national advisory group in 2008, has received awards for its innovation and quality. This annual executive development program is designed for leaders responsible for developing institutional capacity for community engagement. Participants from around the world will develop institutional plans for engagement and will return to their campuses with the ability to advance their plan as well as effectively link community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution. Learn more>>
The third day of this conference will be dedicated to Professional Development workshops. Suggestions from members about prospective keynote speakers, other presenters and conference themes are most welcome. Learn more>>