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Center for Social Concerns to host international summit on global service learning

By: Rosie McDowell

April 9, 2018

The Center for Social Concerns will host the fifth biennial Global Service Learning Summit from April 15–17 at the Notre Dame Conference Center. The theme of this year’s summit is Dignity and Justice in Global Service Learning and will bring together participants from both secular and faith-based institutions for critical dialogue on the values that underlie global service learning.

The summit will include discussion of the role of faith-based and secular institutions in supporting community and international development, civic and political engagement, democracy and human rights, and the religious and social formation of students as responsible global citizens.

Rachel Tomas Morgan, associate director and international engagement director at the Center for Social Concerns is lead organizer of the summit, which will host more than 300 college and university faculty and staff, non-governmental organization professionals, and researchers from 20 countries and five continents.

“Our hope in bringing this gathering to Notre Dame is to address a lacuna in the field by attracting faith-based institutions of higher education and religiously affiliated international development organizations that have been largely underrepresented in previous summits,” explains Tomas Morgan. “Such groups’ roles in development aid and provisions to the global poor have deep relevance and a long history.”  

Adam Russell Taylor, Lead of the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group and former White House Fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement will give the opening keynote Sunday, April 15.

Dawn Michele Whitehead, Senior Director of Global Learning and Curricular Change for the Association of American Colleges and Universities will address the summit in a second keynote on Monday, April 16. Both keynotes will be free and open to the public.

​"We're delighted to host and participate in the fifth Global Service Learning Summit. It promises to make important contributions to the continuing conversation on the globalization of higher education," said Rev. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., acting executive director for the Center for Social Concerns.

Sponsors include the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Duke University, Georgetown University,, Haverford College, Northwestern University, and Quinnipiac University. Additional support comes from Campus Compact, Catholic Relief Services, Child Family Health International, Colorado State University-Pueblo, East Carolina University, Elon University, and Queens University of Charlotte.   

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies is sponsoring Adam Russell Taylor's keynote. Further support for the summit has been provided by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters Henkels Lecture Series, Keough School for Global Affairs, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Notre Dame International, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Notre Dame Research, and is part of the ND Forum 2017-18, “Going Global.”

Contact: Rachel Tomas Morgan, associate director and international engagement director, (574) 631-9404,

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