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Building a Global Movement of Engaged Universities

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Maureen Keegan

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) is a private research university
Established in 1861, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
4,500 undergraduates, 6,800 of graduate students
MIT@Lawrence Partnership in MIT's Community Innovators Lab
Initiated in 2002 by 4 MIT alumnae
Lawrence is "the immigrant city" built by Essex Company
More than 30 community partners and 30 university partners
Affordable Housing Development, Downtown Revitalization, Youth Education
Downtown Revitalization: Union Crossing Project
A large scale, iconic mill redevelopment project
Service-learning practica
Zoning Overlay District campaign
Student theses - LEED Platinum certified
60 rental apartments and 130,000 square feet of commercial space
Resident leadership, hired local companies and workers

Building a Global Movement of Engaged Universities
What is University
Civic Engagement?
MIT@Lawrence (USA)
University Brigades (Mexico)
The Lazord Academy (Egypt)
Kampung Angkat Project (Malaysia)
Why is University Civic Engagement Important?
Lorlene Hoyt and Maureen Keegan
Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series
Merrimack College
January 29, 2014

What is the Talloires Network?
What is University Civic Engagement?
University Civic Engagement: A Local and Regional Perspective
Is University Civic Engagement Important?
A Global Movement and Collective Vision
Recent Publications
Contact Information
A global coalition of universities committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education
Founded in 2005 in Talloires, France by 29 university leaders from 23 countries
More than 310 "engaged" universities in 71 countries today
A Global Movement and Collective Vision
Recent Publications

facebook.com/talloires network

Contact Information
Governed by an elected international steering committee
"Universities have the responsibility to foster in faculty, staff and students a sense of social responsibility and commitment to the social good." -- Talloires Declaration, 2005
Growth in the number of engaged universities
Increased collaborative action among these institutions
Rise of university conferences dedicated to the topic
Increased support within communities and from funders
Growing body of scholarship and publication in the field
Majority of universities worldwide collaborate actively with nearby communities
Universities become more effective engines of social and economic development
Partnerships achieve positive community impacts and result in quality research and teaching
Ivory tower is a relic and the gold standard in higher education is the engaged university
Hoyt and Pollock (2014). "Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement." Published and distributed by the Talloires Network.

Hoyt and Hollister (2014). "Moving Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Expanding Global Movement of Engaged Universities." in B. Hall and R. Tandon (eds.)
Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Rethinking Social Responsibility
. Palgrave Macmillan.

Hollister (2014). "Institutionalizing the Civic" in Bringing Theory to Practice's Civic Provocations series, edited by Jill Reich.

Hoyt (2013).
Transforming Cities and Minds Through the Scholarship of Engagement: Economy, Equity and Environment
. Vanderbilt University Press.

Hollister et al. (2012). "The Talloires Network: A Global Coalition of Engagement Universities" in
The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

Watson et al. (2011).
The Engaged University
. Routledge.

International Medical University (IMU) is a private medical and healthcare university
Established in 1992
3,300 undergraduate and graduate students
Main campus in Kuala Lumpur, also campuses for clinical schools
Kampung Angkat Project launched in 2007 as part of IMU Cares
IMU Clinical School in Seremban adopted the village of Kampung Tekir
Population of about 500, with 50% under the age of 12
Surrounded by a palm oil estate
Purpose: Enable medical and nursing undergraduate students to practice their knowledge and skills in a rural setting
Villagers benefit from free health checks, health education and treatment of minor ailments
Village has gained an access road, improved community hall and regular access to electricity and water
Substantial reduction in obesity among villagers
Students are exposed to new diseases and are able to develop their clinical skills
Program expanded to include dental and chiropractic students in addition to nursing and nutrition students
Village requested IMU to stay for 3 years beyond planned program period
American University in Cairo (AUC) is an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian and multicultural university, founded in 1919
There are roughly 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students
Main campus in New Cairo, Egypt and a downtown campus in Tahrir Square
Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
Lazord Academy was developed out of civic work at the Gerhart Center in 2011
Vision: Lazord seeks to graduate a generation of civically responsible and skilled leaders that play an active and engaged role across all society's sectors
Name comes from the Arabic name for Lapis Lazuli
Select group of students expand skills in ethical leadership, civic engagement and strategic philanthropy
Students have 9 hours per week of knowledge sessions, mentorship, guidance and group projects, both on and off campus
Other tracks for recent graduates, community leaders and young professionals
Five categories of civic education explored in relationship to the self, direct links and imagined community
Attitude and Behavior
Lazord Academy graduates all find work within 6 months of graduation
75% are employed in a non-profit or have started their own civic endeavor
Graduation to first job trajectory is easier and shorter for Lazord students than for similar students outside the program
Talloires Network Programs
The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship
University Volunteer Program
Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program
Youth Economic Participation Initiative
Action Research Program
Global Conferences
Research: applied research, participatory action research
Teaching: service-learning, experiential learning
Service: volunteerism, extension, philanthropy
Campus Compact: “educating citizens and building communities”
Engagement Australia: “mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and skills between universities and their multiple communities”
Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement: “we work with the understanding that civic engagement can mean many things”
South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum: “a broad typology of community engagement expressions in higher education”
Youth Education: Lawrence@MIT Program
Launched in 2006 to combat high school dropout crisis
A 9-week SAT tutoring program on Sundays for nine teens
Hundreds of teens to campus conducting experiments every month Chemistry, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering Departments
Faculty test and refine ideas with Lawrence students
Lawrence students exposed to a college environment

Communities need institutions of higher education because…
Human survival and well-being is fraught by a myriad of challenges
Universities exist to serve and strengthen the society of which they are part
Capacity-building: after school tutoring to refugee children, shelters for the homeless, legal aid clinics, micro-business development, and HIV/AIDs education
Moving institutions of higher education “beyond the ivory tower”
A context-specific idea with a variety of nomenclatures and approaches
Poverty alleviation, physical and mental health, illiteracy, and disaster recovery
“Respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone contributes to education and community building” – Saltmarsh and Hartley
Universidad Veracruzana is a public university
Established in 1944
Schools in 14 cities and a student body of 73,000+
University Brigades began in 1993
Run out of the Engagement Department at UV
Groups of 5-7 “resident students” live in indigenous communities
Coordinate their work with federal, state and local authorities
First University House in 2001, now there are eight
Houses function as medical and educational facilities
Beyond “partnership with” to becoming “part of” community
Collaborate across disciplines, build civic capacities
Institutions of higher education need communities because…
Engagement enhances student learning, creates better citizens
Engagement produces more rigorous and relevant research
Expert knowledge resides both in and outside the academy
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