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The Talloires Network of Engaged Universities in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation aims to assemble a diverse cohort of Next Generation Leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others by practicing such values such as good citizenship and social responsibility by way of their civic engagement (community-based research, applied research, service-learning, experiential learning, extension, volunteerism, public service, political activism, social entrepreneurship).

Next Generation Leaders will participate in the Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference (TNLC2021) to be hosted by Tufts University and Harvard University, 30 September – 3 October 2021.

Next Generation Leaders will connect with other students around the world to discuss diverse and ethical approaches to civic engagement and activism. These conversations will deepen their capacity for leadership and strengthen their work with communities.

The cohort of Next Generation Leaders are expected to meet virtually pre-conference, face-to-face during the conference, and continue to grow as a community of practice post-conference by way of video conferencing. Their pre- and post- conference interactions as well as their participation in the conference will afford them an opportunity to share their own civic engagement experiences, learn from others, and explore possibilities for future collaboration. Through these actions and reflections, we expect they will come to better understand and further develop vital civic capabilities (courage, humility and empathy).

The cohort of 40 Next Generation Leaders may be organized into smaller working groups, each small working group focusing on a particular civic engagement theme. We ask applicants to express an interest in one or more of the following themes. Each working group may include undergraduate and graduate students. These interdisciplinary and international working groups are community spaces to share strategies and ideas, form lasting collegial ties, and build momentum for the field of civic engagement.

Pandemic Recovery and ResilienceThe effects of COVID-19 have reached every part of the globe, and this working group will examine university civic engagement strategies across the world for recovery and resilience. This group will explore different types of “resilience” (economic, political, social, cultural) in relation to pandemic recovery, and document the ways students and communities respond and adapt to public health and related crises.

Innovations in Gender EquityThis working group will discuss strategies to address disparities in opportunity and discrimination due to gender. These conversations will highlight the role of gender in the policy and practices of universities as well as the role of universities and students in advocating for gender equity in collaboration with local leaders and community partners.  

Structured Listening Methods: Individuals must consider multiple perspectives to work together to address societal problems and take collective action. This working group will explore controversial issues, a range of information about the issue, and discuss several possible actions. The group will examine the benefits of public deliberation – a structured approach for having productive conversations.

Civic Engagement Futures: This working group will consider the future of learning, teaching, and research and ways universities can be active and positive forces in their communities. Students in this working group will discuss how they successfully connect their academic interests to real world issues as well as the systemic barriers that hinder their efforts to collaborate with communities.

Application requirements: Complete the application cover sheet and submit 1-2 page essay (500 word limit) describing your ongoing civic engagement (community-based research, applied research, service-learning, experiential learning, extension, volunteerism, public service, political activism, social entrepreneurship) and your interest in participating in the Next Generation Leaders Program, including your preferred working group and the reason for your choice.

Applications will be reviewed by the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities secretariat.

Undergraduate and graduate students at signatory member universities are eligible to apply. If your university is not yet a member of the Network, it must become a Signatory Member of the Network by January 15, 2020 to be eligible for the award.

Deadlines: Email your application to no later than 22 January 2021.