This is a time of new beginnings for the Talloires Network. At the Talloires Network’s Global Leaders Conference in Madrid this past June, it was my great honor to accept the role of Talloires Network Steering Committee Chair. For the past five years, President Lawrence Bacow has led the Network through a time of incredible growth and progress. I am sure I speak for the entire membership when I express my heartfelt gratitude for his efforts. As I take the office of Steering Committee Chair, I am committed to building on the achievements of the past.
In addition, as announced at the Madrid conference a new set of leaders will be joining our Steering Committee. A nominations committee has been hard at work selecting a list of candidates who will soon be presented to the heads of Talloires Network member universities for approval. The list includes a diverse group from around the world who represent a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education and university community engagement. I look forward to working with the new Steering Committee to advance the global movement for engaged universities.
As the Talloires Network opens a new chapter in our development, and as many of us begin a new academic year at our respective institutions, I invite all of our members to renew your commitment to engaging with your communities through reciprocal and mutually-beneficial partnerships. I am eager to work with all of you as we promote the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.
In June 2011 over 200 university leaders, NGO representatives, students, government officials, students, and other community engagement stakeholders gathered for the Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference in Madrid. A core team of participants from across the globe drafted a conference resolution that reaffirms the founding principles of the Talloires Network and makes new commitments for its future work. Thanks to all the individuals who participated on the resolution writing team. The feedback, advice, critiques, and improvements all participants made to the resolution were greatly valued. Read the Conference Resolution>>
2011 IARSLCE Annual Conference. "Research for Impact: Scholarship Advancing Social Change." Chicago, Illinois (USA). 2-4 November 2011. The conference will highlight research that critically evaluates and illuminates the long-term impact of service-learning and community engagement on students, faculty, and community partners and, most importantly, on the social, economic and political issues they seek to transform. The conference will provide dynamic venue for scholarship that articulates how, when, where and why service-learning and community engagement influence critical issues locally, nationally and globally. Veteran, new and emerging scholars from diverse backgrounds and settings will exhibit the highest quality research that advances both the understanding and practice of collaboratively engaging students, educators, and community partners in advancing social change. Learn more>>
Debating community engagement from philosophical and conceptual perspectives
Profiling community engagement practice and analysing trends
Promoting the inter-dependent relationship between teaching and learning, research, and community engagement
Learn more>> Engage 2011. Bristol (UK). 29-30 November 2011 The second national conference hosted by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement will bring together people from across the UK to celebrate HEI public engagement, and explore ways to support it more effectively. Learn more>>
The program was launched in response to a disconnect between the local government and the communities that this sector is supposed to represent. To overcome this disconnect, Amplifying Grassroots Community Voices works to create all-inclusive community platforms where people have the opportunity to express their views on local development issues. Through reflection circles that are facilitated by students and mediated by peers within the community, local development issues are discussed in a democratic manner and decisions are made by the community. Rather than giving resources to the community, the program seeks to empower the community to use its own resources to achieve development aims. Learn more>>
Resource of the Month
South East Coastal Communities (SECC) Briefing Papers SECC was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as a demonstrator project from 2008-2011. It involved nine universities in South East England working collaboratively with members of the local community in order to build their capacity to meet their Health and Wellbeing needs. The SECC has disseminated several briefing papers including: The Future of Community University Engagement; Models of Partnership Working in University-Community Engagement; Geographies of Collaboration in University-Community Engagement; and Embedding University-Community Partnership Working. Read the papers>>