Over the last six years, the Talloires Network has grown into a global community of 208 university and colleges committed to civic engagement. The Presidents of each of these institutions have invested their time and energy into building the foundation of this meaningful initiative. Commitment from the top has given the Talloires Network’s vision legitimacy and it sparked a systems changing conversation around the role higher education should play in breeding civic-minded citizens.
In taking this global movement to the next level, the Talloires Network believes that a bottom up, student engagement approach is an essential piece that’s missing in our public puzzle. To create massive impact, an inter-generational exchange is a key step in pushing the civic engagement and social responsibility conversation to the forefront.
As a first phase in building the student movement within the Talloires Network, we have selected student leaders from across the globe to attend our annual summer gathering, the Talloires Network Leaders Conference, next week in Madrid, Spain.
We are pleased to introduce the 2011 Student Communications Team:
Alwin Kam Yiu Wong, Student, University of Hong Kong, China
Butho, Ndhlovu, Student, University of Venda, South Africa
Crystal Tremblay, Student, University of Victoria, Canada
Edward James Popa, Student, University Western Sydney, Australia
Emma King, Student, National University of Galway, Ireland
Helen McMahon, Student, DIT, Dublin, Ireland
Jacqui-ann Watson, Student, Univeristy of Cape Town, South Africa
Martin Clayton, Student, University of Brighton, UK
Neethu Putt, Student, Tufts University, USA
Soledad La Fico Guzzo, Student, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
These visionary, dynamic, entrepreneurial student leaders range in age from 18 to 48 years old, and are studying disciplines that include Human Rights Law, Journalism, and Rural and Youth Development. This team will serve as the Talloires Network Leaders Conference in-house “Communications Team,” blogging pre, during, and post-conference. They will provide a powerful student voice, and they have the potential to play a crucial role in shaping the global civic engagement movement. Please join us in welcoming them to our community!
I have been fortunate to work with the Talloires Network leadership in building our community’s first Student Team. From our team email exchanges, I can already tell – this is a superstar group. I cannot wait to see what kind of powerful next steps come out of their attendance at this year’s conference.
Talloires Network Bridge Builder Consultant
2011 Talloires Network Leaders Conference