GSL 5: Call for proposals

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GSL 5: Dignity and Justice in Global Service-Learning seeks proposals that address the following:
Theme 1:  Dignity and Justice in Global Service-Learning

  • Community-campus partnerships that support the integral human development of the person
  • Community-campus partnerships that enact activism and organizing for dignity and justice
  • Intellectual, theoretical and real-world understandings of dignity and justice available to shape our work
  • Resources available from religious and faith-based traditions informing understandings of dignity and justice
  • Models of campus-community response to global and local challenges to dignity and justice
  • Lessons from community organizations in enacting principles and values embodying culturally contextualized understandings of dignity and justice
  • Supporting meaningful reflection, dialogue and learning on dignity and justice
  • Courses, curricula, programs, and community development projects reflecting dignity and justice
  • Dignity and justice and its relation to civic and political engagement, global service-learning and community development

Theme 2:  The Role of Values

  • The values and motivations that underlie this work and their relevance
  • Giving visibility and awareness to the history, richness of values and moral dimensions in higher education, including the role of faith-based and secular institutions in supporting community and international development, civic and political engagement, democracy and human rights, while also educating students as faith-filled people and/or socially responsible global citizens
  • Research and assessment on areas of values, faith, justice, social responsibility, civic and political engagement, global service-learning and any intersections
  • Embracing values and the role of advocacy or activist organizing within community-campus partnerships
  • The practice of global service-learning and its impact on student development, values education, faith formation, and vocation at both secular and faith-based education institutions
  • The role of reflection in connecting faith, civic and political engagement, service and learning
  • Shaping the moral imagination and imaging a better world

Theme 3:  Role of Faith-Based Initiatives, Institutions and Organizations  

  • Research and assessment on areas of values, faith, justice, social responsibility, global service-learning
  • Faith-based perspectives and practices of justice and social and civic responsibility
  • Dignity and justice and its relation to civic and global service-learning, and/or a faith perspective
  • The role of reflection in connecting faith, civic and political engagement, service and learning
  • Research and practice of interfaith dialogue, community development and global service-learning
  • The contributions of faith-based organizations in economic and social, community and international development
  • When faiths come together towards a common goal and purpose
  • The role of religion and faith motivating students for global service-learning, political engagement and work for justice
  • Preparing students to engage ethically with diverse communities, including diverse faiths and religions, both on and off campus
  • Relationship between fostering faith-filled students and global citizens

Theme 4:  Nurturing a Community of Practice

    • What secular and faith-based institutions, public, private and community colleges can learn from one another in our approaches to designing global service-learning opportunities
    • What diverse institutions can learn from one another with respect to how we think about student development goals, collaboration with communities and the commitments central to both
    • What we share in common and using our differences to strengthen and deepen our individual and collective work
    • Remembering and recalling why we do this work, the values which underlie the work that called us to it in the first place

Session Formats


Workshops are designed to go in depth on a focused topic and bridge theory with practice. They should engage participants actively and articulate key learning goals and take-aways.

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

Facilitated roundtable discussions should provide time for colleagues to examine topics through iterative sharing of expertise and experiences.


Panels can be pre-organized or individual session proposals can be organized as a panel. Panels in general are organized around research topics, themes, sharing of papers, practice, theory, etc.

Case Studies

Case study sessions should provide an applied setting for attendees to share knowledge, experience and perspective as they engage in critical conversations about effective community partnerships and community impacts through global service-learning (GSL). These case study sessions will have a dual purpose (1) to help build a community of practice among Summit participants and (2) to introduce participants to practical examples of effective practice in reciprocal engagement/community partnerships in GSL. Case studies should address outcomes related to community impact as outlined by community partners. Preference will be given to cases primarily or jointly authored by community organizations/community partners. Case studies should: 1) describe action and efforts across various stakeholders; 2) outline effective practice along with ongoing dilemmas, issues and struggles; 3) include 3-4 open-ended questions facing the future of the partnership; (4) include a strategy for facilitating a session that is engaged and participatory for all attendees; and (5) be fewer than 6 pages.

Additional Information

        • The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, August 11.
        • We strongly encourage creative and interactive session formats.
        • All sessions will be 75 minutes in length.
        • All sessions must allow time for active participation through interaction, discussion, dialogue, reflection, and/or sharing of expertise and experience.
        • All session rooms come equipped with one laptop computer, ability to connect your own laptop computer, projection, screens and microphone.
        • Please note that all session facilitators are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses.
        • Presenters are expected to be available at the time they are scheduled by the organizers.
        • Aligned with our values – access, inclusion, and the importance of many perspectives – financial support is available through a GSL 5 Summit Fee Scholarship (covers full $325 registration) and a GSL 5 Discounted Summit Fee. and the GSL 5 Steering Committee are particularly interested in supporting diversity of voices and better understanding the knowledge that develops through community-engaged practice. The application for the GSL 5 Summit Fee Scholarship and the GSL 5 Discounted Summit Fee will be available by August 1, 2017.

Information to Include in Proposal

        • Primary Contact Person’s Name, Title, Institution/Organization, Contact Information
        • Additional Facilitators or Presenters Information
        • Summit Theme
        • Session Format
        • Session Title
        • Proposal Abstract (400 words): The abstract should describe the content and significance or effectiveness of the session as well as how it relates to the theme of the Summit overview and themes.
        • Brief Description (150 words): This is a shorter version of your proposal abstract. It should describe your session and will be used for the Final Program. Please keep in mind that a participant’s decision to attend your session is based in large part on this description. Please be as accurate and as compelling as possible.
        • Intended Audience (25 words): Please indicate who would best benefit from attending this session.
        • Anticipated Participant Learning Outcomes (50-75 words): Please describe or list the outcomes with which you hope the audience will leave the session (i.e. key “takeaways.”).
        • Plan for Participant Engagement (50-75 words): Please describe your plan for participant engagement. What types of interaction or activity will there be among participants and/or participants and presenters?

Key Dates

August 1, 2017: Latest date Summit registration fees and hotel information becomes available

August 11, 2017: Proposals due

September 1, 2017: Summit registration opens

September 15, 2017: Latest date proposal notifications to be sent to Primary Contact Persons via email; Online registration opens

September 29, 2017: Latest date Primary Contact Persons & session presenters to confirm or decline participation; Deadline for GSL 5 Summit Fee Scholarship & Application deadline #1 – GSL 5 Discounted Fee ($200)

November 15, 2017: First registration date ($325)

December 2017: Summit program with keynote speakers and sessions becomes available

January 15, 2018: Application deadline #2 – GSL 5 Discounted Fee ($250)

March 15, 2018: Second registration deadline ($425)

April 1, 2018: Summit registration closes


If you have technical issues about submitting your proposal, please contact Nora Pillard Reynolds at npreynolds {at} haverford(.)edu.

If you have are interested in sponsoring GSL5, have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Nora Pillard Reynolds at npreynolds {at} haverford(.)edu (globalsl & Haverford College),

Eric Hartman at ehartman1 {at} haverford(.)edu (Haverford College), or

Rachel Tomas Morgan at rtomasmo {at} nd(.)edu (University of Notre Dame)