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The Open Society University Network – Talloires Network Educational Partnership is aimed at supporting engaged universities that are responding quickly and positively to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The goals of Communities OVirtual Alliance & Inter-Dependence (or COV-AID) are to collect and share stories of institutions and individuals who are taking action to mitigate the crisis, document practical steps and strategies that may be of use elsewhere, provide uplifting content, and strengthen public support for engaged universities.

COV-AID consists of several parts: a webinar series entitled “Adapting to the New Reality: Civically Engaged Universities Offer Strategies and Hope;” interviews with leaders in the global university civic engagement movement, The Eleanor Roosevelt Conferences, Graduate Student Mini-Grants, and a Student Engagement Award. Learn more about the Student Engagement Award and read the full press release announcing the partnership.


Webinar Series:  Adapting to the New Reality: Civically Engaged Universities Offer Strategies and Hope

Episode 1: Civically Engaged Universities and the Pandemic – Vision and Navigation, April 13, 2020 (9:30-10:30 EDT) 

  • Jonathan Becker, OSUN Vice Chancellor
  • Leon Botstein, Bard College President
  • Sara Ladrón de Guevara, Universidad Veracruzana Rectora and TN Vice Chair
  • Anthony P. Monaco, Tufts University President and TN Chair
  • Lorlene Hoyt, Talloires Network Executive Director (moderator)


Episode 2: Civically Engaged Universities and the Pandemic – Strategies that Work, May 11, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT)

  • Felicia Keesing, David and Rosalie Rose Distinguised Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, Bard College (US)
  • Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Director, Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Central European University (Hungary)
  • Fatima Jehangir, Assistant Professor, Ziauddin University (Pakistan)
  • Carol Ma, Associate Professor, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
  • Khoo Suan Phaik, Dean for IMU Community Engagement, International Medical University (Malaysia)
  • Erin Cannan, Dean of Civic Engagement, Bard College  (moderator)

Episode 3: Civically Engaged Universities and the Pandemic – Issues of Displacement and Economics, June 8, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT)

  • Rebecca Granato, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, Al Quds Bard (Palestine)
  • Miklos Koren, Professor of Economics, Central European University (Hungary)
  • Maire Leane, Senior Lecturer and Vera Stojanovic, student leader, University College Cork (Ireland)
  • Agata Lisiak, Professor, Bard College Berlin (Germany)
  • Nieves Segovia, President, SEK Education Group (Spain)
  • Lorlene Hoyt, Talloires Network (moderator)

Episode 4: Civically Engaged Universities and the Pandemic – Issues of Engaged Teaching, Learning, and Mentorship, July 13, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT)

  • Elvis Akomoneh, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Meridian Global University (Cameroon)
  • Kwame Holmes, Faculty Advisor, Bard Prison Initiative and Scholar-in-Residence, Human Rights Program, Bard College (U.S.)
  • Claudia Lucia Mora Motta, FORJA Director, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
  • Angela Owusu-Ansah, Provost, Ashesi University (Ghana)
  • Cammie Jones, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Civic Engagement, Bard College (moderator)

Episode 5: Civically Engaged Universities and Pandemic – Student Stories of Hope, August 10, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT)

  • Catherine Kasungia Mumo, Strathmore University (Kenya)
  • Zamima Islam Sabaa, BRAC University (Bangladesh)
  • Thaís Mazzo da Costa, University of Campinas (Brazil)
  • Vera Stojanovic, University College Cork (Ireland)
  • Mohak Thukral, OP Jindal Global University (India)

Episode 6: Civically Engaged Universities and Pandemic – Reflections on Action, September 14, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT)

  • Daniela Aldazaba González, Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)
  • Keyvious Avery, Bard College (United States)
  • Doreen Agyiriwaa Marfo, Ashesi University (Ghana)
  • Phionah Namuwenge, LivingStone International University (Uganda)
  • Thuong T. Hoai Nguyen, Fulbright University Vietnam (Vietnam)


Episode 7: Adapting to the New Reality – Civically Engaged Universities in Partnership with Indigenous Peoples, October 26, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT)

  • Patricio Belloy, Centro de Emprendizaje at Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile)
  • Uncle Ray Woods, Wiradjuri Council of Elders (Australia)
  • Sue Green, Charles Sturt University (Australia)
  • Maura Sullivan, Chumash Language Activist, PhD Student in Linguistics, Tulane University (US)
  • Nada Greku, CEU Roma Students Organizer, PhD Student, Central European University (Hungary)

Episode 8: Adapting to the New Reality – Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship, November 9, 2020 (9:00-10:00 EDT)

Speakers forthcoming