Typed this up last evening —–late —- as i did’nt sleep as I was so anxious about today. Needlessly, I must add. Will post the details next.
Have put faces to the names of the student team and am now excited to see what we all will achieve over the next few days here at the Talloires Conference. The goal is to listen, ask and meet the inspirational people who are partaking in the conference for all over the world.
I, of course, have met the Irish contingent but branched out and met some of the delegation from Mexico. Chatted about what the University of Veracruzana, who are McJannet Prize winners and how civic engagement works with them. Heard about an outreach project that see kids from rural areas being brought to centres to encourage them to complete high school successfully and then progress into the cities to start various degree programs. ‘Service year’ is a great idea where graduates must engage with their communities volunteering their newly achieved skills on various projects to enhance their environments. ‘Payback time’. This lead me to sitting up all evening reading a book given to us as part of the welcome pack. ‘The Engaged University’ international perspectives on civic engagement written by Watson, Hollister, Stroud and Babcock. Robert Hollister who is part of the Conference (and a lovely man) along with Elizabeth Babcock have produced this insightful read and I am going to give my copy to the DIT library and recommend it to fellow students.
Another interesting thing Cliona (yes, Irish originally) told us was that the female to male ratio in Mexico is 50/50. Well ahead of other countries.
As always Tommy Cook (DIT) is a fountain of knowledge and we are all looking forward to tomorrow’s agenda. Tapas was the order of the evening and luckily we had a waiter who just kept coming with more trays………