The fourth Talloires Network Leaders Conference will be held June 21-23, 2017 at Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. It will explore the theme of “Social Responsibility and Human Dignity in Higher Education Engagement.” Following previous conferences held in France, Spain, and South Africa, this event will bring together university leaders, faculty, and students from around the world to discuss strategies for promoting, increasing and leveraging civic engagement in colleges and universities.

The Talloires Network is an international association of higher education institutions committed to strengthening civic engagement and promoting social responsibility. The Network is built on the belief that the academy does not exist separately from its communities or in isolation from society—universities can be catalysts of change when civic engagement and community service are fundamental to research, the teaching mission, and student’s learning. It is housed at Tisch College, and shares its vision for fostering civic engagement throughout the college experience.

“The Talloires Network plays a crucial role in uniting institutions from every continent, and this conference is a great opportunity to learn from colleagues across the globe about how universities are challenging the status quo and instilling a sense of civic learning and engagement among their students to create positive change,” says Alan D. Solomont, Dean of Tisch College.

This year’s conference will focus on themes like the right to education and socially inclusive learning environments, the right to leadership opportunities and economic mobility, and the right to livelihood by ensuring educational opportunities adequately prepare young people for employment and entrepreneurship. Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco, who chairs the Talloires Network’s steering committee, will be in attendance.

The Conference will be participatory in nature, with valuable opportunities for direct interaction, mutual learning, and solidarity-building among participants. Throughout the week, attendees will be encouraged to collaboratively strategize toward future action. Following the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in guided site visits to the host university’s various community-based programs in the region.

You can register here for the conference. Registration includes access to plenaries, breakout and networking sessions, lunches, a gala dinner at Xalapa’s Anthropology Museum, transportation for site visits, and shuttle service between the hotels and conference venue. Each registered conference participant will also receive a complimentary copy of two new TN publications: Regional Perspectives on Learning by Doing: Stories from Engaged Universities Around the World and Emprendizaje: Higher Education for Entrepreneurship, Learning and Collective Intelligence in Southern Chile.

Visit the conference website for full information on the sessions, site visits, featured speakers, and registration.