GSL 5: Keynotes & Plenaries

5th Global Service-Learning Summit | April 15-17, 2018 | University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Keynote Addresses: Dignity & Justice in Global Service-Learning

Sunday, April 15, 3:30 pm ET

“Mercy and Justice: Where Religion and Development Can Intersect” 

Adam Russell Taylor, Lead of the Faith Initiative, World Bank Group

Adam Russell Taylor currently serves as the Lead of the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group. Taylor formerly served as a Vice President for Advocacy at World Vision US, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Taylor served as a White House Fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. He was formerly the Senior Political Director at Sojourners where he was responsible for leading the organization’s advocacy, coalition building, and constituency outreach. He has also served as the Executive Director of Global Justice, an organization that educates and mobilizes students around global human rights and economic justice. Before co-founding Global Justice, he worked as an Associate at the Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights and as an Urban Fellow in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development in New York City.

Taylor is a graduate of Emory University, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. He is the author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation. Taylor is ordained in the American Baptist church, is married to Sharee Mckenzie Taylor, and the proud father of his sons Joshua and Nathaniel.

Monday, April 16, 9:45 am ET

Ensuring Global Service Learning is an Ethical High-Impact Practice

Dawn Michele Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change, Association of American Colleges & Universities

Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change in the Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at AAC&U.  Dr. Whitehead’s work focuses on advancing practices, strategies, and projects for integrative global learning across the undergraduate curriculum. Her work combines an emphasis on thematic local and international experiences to provide students with globalized learning opportunities throughout their educational experiences to prepare them to function and thrive in the modern world.  Whitehead also collaborates across AAC&U to advance global learning.

Prior to joining AAC&U, Whitehead served as the Director of Curriculum Internationalization with teaching responsibilities in the Global and International Studies program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Whitehead was the faculty director for international service learning programs in Costa Rica, Ghana, Kenya, and Swaziland, and her research evolved from a focus on education and educators in Ghana to the impact of service learning on students and community partners. Whitehead also utilized interactive videoconferencing as a tool to infuse globalized experiences for students on campus. As a campus leader, Whitehead facilitated interdisciplinary campus initiatives and professional development around global learning, internationalizing the curriculum, and international service learning. Finally, Whitehead guided efforts to assess global learning for students engaged with both local and international communities and for students participating in classes on the IUPUI campus and abroad.

Whitehead earned her B.A in History and Afro-American Studies, her M.S. in International and Comparative Education, and her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies with a concentration in African Studies and a minor in International and Comparative Education from Indiana University Bloomington. Her areas of expertise include civic engagement, education abroad, global learning, international and comparative education, international service learning, internationalization of the curriculum.

Closing Plenary Panel: In the Name of (a critical?) Global Citizenship: Stepping Forward  

Janice McMillan, Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Course Design, University of Cape Town, Convener of the UCT Global Citizenship Programme

Marisol Morales, Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, University of La Verne

Richard Slimbach, Professor, Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL, Azusa Pacific University

Nicole Webster, Associate Professor of Youth and International Development, The Pennsylvania State University, Co-Director of the 2iE-Penn State Centre for Collaborative Engagement in Burkina Faso, West Africa

Facilitated by Eric Hartman, Executive Director of the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and cofounder of globalsl.

Faculty members representing multiple institutional types and locations will consider how the seeking of a critical and consequential ideal informs their pedagogical and partnership practice. Grounded in the particular institutions and partnerships that embody their work, they will consider our needs for flourishing diversity and shared commonality.  These reflections will return regularly to consideration of their own grounded practice, and how theoretical insights guide partnership and pedagogy. In closing, they will reflect on where the conversations from the 5th GSL Summit, and the scholarship of many years and decades, lead us.

For more background on the globalsl community of practice, consider visiting Cynthia Toms’ (Westmont College) recent summary of the article she completed with Benjamin J. Lough (University of Illinois) in the journal Globalisation, Societies, and Education.

Additional plenary and programming announcements forthcoming.