The Talloires Network Leaders Conference 2021 (TNLC2021) addressed these questions and more, exploring the theme of “Global Institutions, Local Impact.” The Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC2021) took place at the virtual campuses of Tufts University and Harvard University on 30 September – 3 October 2021, as well as in international hubs across the world. TNLC2021 reached more than 1,400 university leaders, faculty, staff, students, and community partners from 53 countries worldwide. We increased access and participation by providing 18 Grants for Engaged Universities in 14 countries to host safe local gatherings, conducting all 24 conference sessions in English and Spanish, recording sessions to accommodate time zone differences, featuring the movement-building event in University World News, and shipping electronic devices to student participants around the world. Together we produced and signed the 2021 Declaration, a statement of our shared values and vision for higher education. We also documented key takeaways in the TNLC2021 Report and a Short Film to document the conference.
Find all of our TNLC2021 resources such as agenda, speakers, reflections, reports, and more below!
Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School were proud to jointly host TNLC2021, a global gathering of universities focused on civic engagement and leadership. The Talloires Network is an international association of over 424 institutions in 84 countries committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. This influential gathering of higher education leaders from all regions of the world has charted the next stage of the growing university civic engagement movement.
Together, we explored four vital sub-themes and build support around these opportunities:
Conference Design and Participation:
We designed the conference to maximize involvement, direct interaction, learning, and solidarity building among conference participants. We aimed to create a conference experience that supported participant deliberation and strategic planning for future action, implementing not only plenary sessions and a keynote, but interactive breakout sessions and networking events. Consideration was given to follow-up and potential expansion of the themes and values articulated in the Veracruz Declaration ratified in 2017. We provided simultaneous Spanish and English interpretation for all 24 sessions as well as closed captioning to ensure accessibility. We also provided recordings of the conference to accommodate those in varying time zones.