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Irish scholar shares tips on community engagement

International Scholar-in-Residence Lorraine McIlrath
International Scholar-in-Residence Lorraine McIlrath
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What’s the civic purpose of higher education? What does it mean to engage in our communities? And how can we better educate students for global citizenship?

Lorraine McIlrath, who coordinates the Community Knowledge Initiative at the National University of Ireland, will answer these questions and more at St. Catherine University, April 15–17.

McIlrath has published on the broad theme of civic engagement and higher education. Her books include Higher Education and Community-Based Research: Creating a Global Vision, Higher Education and Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement and Higher Education — Comparative Perspectives and Mapping Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland.

“She’s a leader in the field with strong connections to Minnesota, having been a program director for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs,” says Martha Malinski, director of the Center for Community Work and Learning (CWL). “Her visit as our international scholar-in-residence builds on St. Kate’s recent selection for Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation and the ongoing work of our Internationalization Council.”

At the National University of Ireland, McIlrath is responsible for developing and supporting civic engagement activities, including service learning, community-based research and student volunteering. She is founder and principal investigator of Campus Engage, a national network to support civic engagement within higher education in Ireland. In 2014, she established and became co-director of the Europe Engage Project.


Wednesday, April 15

12-1 p.m., 214 Coeur de Catherine (CDC)
Campus Cartography — International Perspectives on Developing Civic Engagement within Higher Education
Free and open to the public

 3–4:30 p.m., 370 CDC
Higher Education and Civic Engagement: International Perspectives, a Conversation
Free and open to the public

Light refreshments served and seating is limited; RSVP to

Thursday, April 16

3:30–5 p.m., Rauenhorst Ballroom
(Program starts at 4 p.m.)
Center for Community Work and Learning End-of-Year Celebration
Includes a farewell to Director Martha Malinski for her 10+ years of service

Friday, April 17

12–1 p.m., 230 CDC
How You Can Make an Impact While Studying Abroad
Free and open to the public

(Followed by lunch for students only, at the Center for Women) 

3:30–4:30 p.m., 370 CDC
Faculty and Staff Discussion: International Service-learning

All events are co-sponsored by the Center for Community Work and Learning, Global Studies, St. Kate’s Internationalization Council and the Minnesota Campus Compact.

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