The Talloires Network: Building a Global Movement of Engaged Universities
As the Talloires Declaration states, institutions of higher education “do not exist in isolation from society, nor from the communities in which they are located. Instead, they carry a unique obligation to listen, understand, and contribute to social transformation and development”. In this article, Susan E. Stroud and Elizabeth Babcock explain how the Talloires Network of universities helps to promote the civic roles and social responsibilities of their member institutions as well as to deepen engagement with local and global communities.
A revolution is underway in higher education on all continents—a movement to recognize the university’s role in educating students for lives of civic engagement and social responsibility and to provide students with opportunities to gain the skills necessary to assume these roles. And beyond this focus on students, universities are increasingly working with local communities to develop partnerships that involve the mutual transfer of knowledge, providing benefits to both partners in the relationship.
About the author
Susan E. Stroud, Executive Director
Susan Stroud is the founder and Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation. She is also the Co-Director of the Global Service Institute, an organization dedicated to increasing worldwide knowledge and understanding of service. She was the founding director of Campus Compact, a national coalition of university presidents, and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. She is the founding president of the International Council on National Youth Policy and a senior fellow of the University College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.
Elizabeth Babcock, Coordinator
Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She was the Executive Director of the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago, working to increase quality educational and cultural programming and knowledge exchange between the university and its neighboring communities. In this position, she worked on a MacArthur funded mapping project of community cultural organizations, leading to the creation of a new university-based support network for these organizations.
Thursday, February 21, 2008