Prof. Dr. Seth Pollack

Prof. Dr. Seth Pollack is Professor of Service Learning, and the founding faculty director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). CSUMB is recognized as a national leader in the field of service learning and civic engagement, and is the only two-time recipient of the prestigious White House President’s Award for Community Service in Higher Education (2006, 2010).

For the past 22 years, Seth has provided overall leadership for the Service Learning Institute at CSUMB. In 2005, he received the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, recognized as the nation’s outstanding faculty in the field of community service and civic engagement. The award recognizes his contributions to institutionalizing service learning in higher education, and his work in integrating issues of diversity and social justice as a core component of service learning courses.

Prof. Nieves Tapia

Prof. Nieves Tapia is the Founder and Director of the Latin American Center for Service-Learning, a major provider of training, program development assistance, and research in Latin America and beyond, and a partner regional organization of the Talloires Network.  From 1997 to 2009 she initiated and coordinated national service-learning programs for the Argentina Ministry of Education.  In 2002 and 2003 she coordinated the Solidarity Program Schools for the city of Buenos Aires. A professor history with over 30 years of experience in tertiary and secondary education, she is the author of numerous books and articles about service learning in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian. A pioneering leader in higher education civic engagement (and in primary and secondary education as well), she has delivered speeches at higher education conferences in many countries including Ireland, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and U.S.  Prof. Tapia was a founding board member of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She has participated in numerous national and international selection panels including the Presidential Award Solidarity Schools in Argentina and the Talloires Network’s MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship and Youth Economic Participation Initiative.

Panel debate with Prof. Bojana Culum - Towards a European framework for community engagement in higher education

A European panel together with Prof. Bojana Culum (University of Rijeka, Croatia), representative of the EU Erasmus+ project TEFCE, which investigates possibilities for developing a European framework for community engagement in higher education. Community engagement refers to the development of relationships by higher education institutions with stakeholders in their local or regional communities in order to address societal needs, in a way that is mutually beneficial. With the (re)emergence of the community engagement agenda, there is a need to develop a framework for community engagement in higher education to support universities in institutionalising their cooperation with the wider community and to inform policy-makers on the value of such engagement. The objective of the TEFCE project is to develop innovative and feasible policy tools at the university and European level for supporting, monitoring and assessing the community engagement of higher education institutions. Community Engagement in European Higher Education: findings and proceedings of the TEFCE project