AAC&U officers and staff regularly travel throughout
the country, and occasionally the world, to speak and
consult at AAC&U member schools through seminars,
institutes, and workshops as well as in more informal
gatherings.AAC&U staff also regularly speak on the
value of liberal education at various media and public
affairs events. These meetings are an opportunity for
the membership to influence the direction of AAC&U's
initiatives. We look forward to seeing you the next
time we are on your campus.
Staff and Participants
of AAC&U's SENCER Initiative Participate in Workshop
In December, several AAC&U
staff members and participants from the Science Education
for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)
project participated in a three-day workshop that also
featured teams from twelve universities and research
institutes in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The workshop
emerged from a collaboration that includes: AAC&U,
the American Association for the Advancement of Science
(AAAS), and International Women in Science and Engineering
(IWISE) at Iowa State University. The goals of the collaboration
and the workshop include:
- mobilizing resources within
African colleges and universities to focus on reducing
the spread of HIV/AIDS (a disease that currently infects
an estimated 25 million Africans);
- improving science education,
especially within the challenge of improving general
education, at the post-secondary level by using the
SENCER approach; and
- supporting the growth, development,
and influence of African Women in Science and Engineering
(AWSE) as an organization.
AAC&U team members
Marion Field Fass,
Karen Kashmanian Oates,
George Mason University and AAC&U; and David
One significant outcome of
the Nairobi meeting was the decision by participants
to form a consortium of institutions dedicated to collective
action on HIV in particular and science reform in general.
In the face of the enormous crisis of HIV/AIDS in Africa,
what seemed palpable to the American delegation was
the hope that the workshop released among attendees.
While the energy generated by joining together in a
common effort of commitment was inspiring in itself,
it was a breakthrough in "thinking" that inspired
the most hope. The idea—placing the study and consideration
of HIV near the center of an institution's curricular
offerings—was new to many. The promise—that placing
an academic focus on HIV would improve learning and
contribute to the common good at the same time—seemed
to galvanize those in attendance.
More information on
the Africa initiative will be available http://www.aacu.org/sencer/index.cfm
If you have comments or questions, e-mail David Burns
On November 2nd, Eliza
of programs for SENCER and the American Conference of
Academic Deans (ACAD) executive director, visited Franklin
and Marshall College to discuss the SENCER project with
a group of administrators and faculty. On the 15th,
Reilly gave a presentation to faculty members in the
Morgan State University School of Computer, Mathematical,
and Natural Sciences on SENCER (with Dr. William Bennett,
senior fellow at AAC&U). In early December, she
gave a welcome address at SUNY Stony Brook entitled
"Western Traditions in Medical History" to
New York-area high school students participating in
Stony Brook's Program for Health and Higher Education
(PHHE) Partners Project.
associate director of AAC&U's Program on Health
and Higher Education (PHHE), visited SUNY-City College
of New York on November 30 to attend the Peer Education
Conference: Partnerships in Health: You and HIV/AIDS.
In December, she traveled to the University of San Francisco
to give a PHHE presentation on National Leadership Resource
Database and other HIV/AIDS curriculum resources.
AAC&U Senior Science
"Science and the Undergraduate Community Research"
at the Odyssey of Inclusion-6th Annual Conference on
Learning Communities in Chicago.
On January 14, AAC&U
Geary Schneider attended
a meeting on "Pedagogies of Engagement" co-sponsored
by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching in Menlo Park, California.
President Schneider will present Dr. Bobby Fong at the
presidential inauguration ceremony at Butler University
in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 9th.
program and research associate in the Office of Diversity,
Equity, and Global Initiatives, presents "Investing
in America's Future: The Value of Asia Pacific American
Leadership" at the 2002 Leadership Excellence Annual
Conference on February 7-9, hosted by the Center for
Leadership Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University
in San Antonio, Texas. The presentation focuses on the
dearth of Asian Pacific Americans in leadership roles
and research on promotions to executive positions that
prove to be based on social capital rather than on technical
expertise. For more information on the Leadership Excellence
Conference, visit http://www.leadershipstudies.org/conference.
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