International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement
The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international, non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. IARSLCE was launched in 2005, and incorporated in 2007. The mission of the IARSLCE is to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system. Tulane University's Center for Public Service hosted the Eighth International Research Conference on Service-learning and Community Engagement in October 2008 and will assume the role of the association's administrative home in January of 2009 until December of 2015.
The mission of Campus Compact is to educate college students to become active citizens who are well-equipped to develop creative solutions to society's most pressing issues. Over the past 20 years, Campus Compact has engaged more than 20 million students in service and service-learning, and participation rates keep rising. Each year, students work in thousands of communities, both locally and globally, to provide desperately needed services, including tutoring at-risk youth in reading and math, building houses for low-income families, conducting environmental safety studies, and caring for the sick, the hungry, the homeless, and the elderly.
Clinton Global Initiative University
President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to turn ideas into action. A non-partisan initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation, CGI moves beyond discussion, fostering a shared responsibility to address major global problems. From presidents to academics, from the boardroom to the classroom, CGI members from all walks of life are affecting positive change. In 2008, Tulane University hosted the inaugural meeting of the CGI University. This meeting brought together over 1000 students, faculty, and special guests from around the county.
The mission of the Gulf-South Summit and Civic Engagement through higher Education is to promote networking among practitioners, engaged research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of engagement. The 2009 conference will be hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge, March 25th-27th. Tulane University hosted the 2004 and the 2007 conferences.
Imagining America is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design. Public scholarship joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence. It includes:
Public scholarship in the arts and humanities integrates all the missions of higher education: research, teaching, service, and public engagement. Current projects include the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship , the Curriculum Project , and Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE ) .
The Talloires Network is a collective of individuals and institutions committed to promoting the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. Talloires Network schools work together to catalyze dialogue, research, and action to implement the recommendations of the Talloires Declaration . “Our institutions recognize that we do not exist in isolation from society, nor from the communities in which we are located. Instead, we carry a unique obligation to listen, understand, and contribute to social transformation and development.” The Talloires Network fosters opportunities for mutual learning between institutions of higher education and communities, applies standards of excellence to community engagement work, seeks diversity both in our membership and in our approach to civic engagement and works for international representation.
Recognizing research universities' potential to provide leadership on this issue, in the fall of 2005 Campus Compact and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University convened scholars from some of the many research universities that have undertaken ambitious community efforts to discuss how their institutions are promoting engagement on their campuses and in their communities. In February 2008 the group convened at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to focus on civic and community-engaged scholarship. The group formally organized itself as The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) and opened its membership to all Carnegie Foundation-defined "very high research institutions" that share its goals.
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