One of the goals of the Talloires Network is to recognize outstanding projects and new ideas that advance civic engagement in higher education. Public recognition for exemplary programs increases awareness of best practices while encouraging further innovation.
This month, we are pleased to launch the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, which will recognize a total of eight outstanding student engagement projects from Talloires Network member institutions around the world. This exciting new prize will draw attention to civic engagement within universities while supporting programs that advance local solutions to global problems.
We are honored to have been recognized ourselves by the Wal-Mart Foundation, which recently awarded the Network a grant of $250,000. This grant will allow us to underwrite Talloires Network operations as well as continued outreach and regional meetings for the Network and its partners. The coming year is a pivotal and exciting time for the Network, as we expand our partnerships across the world, further our outreach to students, gather and disseminate best practices and advance this growing movement in higher education. The work of the Network is truly collaborative. I know that working together we will continue to make progress.
The new MacJannet Prize will serve to recognize and encourage exemplary university programs which have contributed both to addressing needs of the local or global community, as well as helping to develop and support innovative, committed student leaders who will go on to join the community of global citizens. Eight prizes will be awarded in June 2009: one First-place Prize of $5,000, two Second-place Prizes of $2,500 each, and five Third-place Prizes of $1,000 each. The deadline for nomination is December 15th. The MacJannet Prize website>>
We are pleased to announce that the Wal-Mart Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to support the Talloires Network to strengthen the civic engagement and social responsibility of institutions of higher education around the world. Read the press release>>
The Tisch College received a $128,100 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to disseminate its research findings on civic engagement and citizenship. The Corporation awarded four other prizes to higher education institutions to “expand scholarly and policy research and deepen understanding about volunteering, national and community service, and civic engagement in America.” Read more>>
Charles Darwin University forms first Talloires Network student group
Former CGI U student Kevin Kadirgamar, with the support of Linda Cuttriss, the Coordinator of Community Engagement, organized a Talloires Network student group at Charles Darwin University in August 2008. The group is now an official student organization and is eligible to receive funding, which members will use to support civic engagement projects. One project is a community garden designed to involve both students and community members while increasing the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability. They will also organize a literacy project as a way of contributing to the Global Project on Literacy. The organization continues to gain members and will serve as a model for future Talloires Network student groups.
College Sustainability Report Card 2009 The Sustainable Endowments Institute has released its most recent statistics on environmental sustainability practices at American and Canadian universities, finding that overall trends are positive. Two-thirds of the schools evaluated in the past two years improved their grade, and one-third of schools now have full-time staff working on sustainability issues. Visit the website>> African universities to play major role in reaching Millennium Development Goals Organizers of the third International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa released a report of conference proceedings and made recommendations for the role universities should play in achieving the MDG’s in Africa. Conference attendees also concluded that community engagement should be one of the core activities within African universities. Read the full report>>
Papers and Publications
“Real world, real people: a purpose beyond ourselves in the 21st century.” A paper presented by Brenda Gourley, Vice Chancellor of the Open University (UK) and Chair of the ACU, at the International Association of Universities’ 13th General Conference in Utrecht in July 2008. The theme of the conference was “Higher Education- Serving and Shaping Society.” Vice Chancellor Gourley spoke about the Talloires Network as an example of how universities’ resources should be mobilized. The speech was very well-received by the university leaders in attendance. Read the paper>>
The first regional conference on the role of Arab universities in civic engagement and social responsibility will be held this month in Cairo. This event is co-hosted by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo and the Talloires Network. Visit the Gerhart Center website>>
“A New Knowledge Culture: Universities facing global changes for sustainability.” Conference attendees will examine the role of universities in creating new knowledge and attitudes to face today´s environmental pressures, and promote a two-way exchange of knowledge between universities and society. Visit the website>>
This conference will explore the variety of partnerships that flourish in educational institutions and their communities through service-learning courses, community-based research projects, and student-led multi-curricular activities. The contributions of a variety of research approaches in building and sustaining such partnerships will be emphasized. The conference brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss research topics in the study of service-learning and community engagement. Organized by Tulane University’s Center for Public Service and the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Visit the website>>
The ACU will hold a conference of Executive Heads on the theme "Dazzling Technologies: Seismic shifts in higher education in a fast-changing and unequal world." Brenda Gourley, Chair of the Talloires Network Global Project, also serves as Chair of the ACU. The Talloires Network will organize a plenary lunch, a workshop, and a gathering for Indian university leaders. Visit the website>>
This site is designed for college and university presidents, provosts, chief academic officers, and deans who wish to deepen the civic education of their students and to increase the engagement of their institutions with their local communities. Features include assessments, strategic planning guides, change strategies, and resources. Visit the website>>