The Henry Luce Foundation Sponsors International Service-Learning in Higher Education

The Henry Luce Foundation has recently approved a grant of $40,000 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to enhance the ‘Communication and Dissemination of International Service-Learning in US Institutions of Higher Education’

ben_lough_imageBenjamin J. Lough, Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is serving as the principal investigator on this award. Dr. Lough also serves as Director of Quantitative Research with globalsl.org, which is the primary method through which the communication on international service learning will be developed and disseminated.

globalsl.org gathers research, tools, reflective blog posts and program profiles to advance global learning, cooperative development, and community-university partnership. The website assembles evidence-based tools and peer-reviewed research to advance best practices in global learning and community-university partnerships to promote development abroad. It is edited and overseen by researchers and practitioners who work together to address questions of how to responsibly and ethically grow service-based partnerships between higher educational institutions and communities.

In addition to supporting the further development of globalsl.org as a tool for dissemination, the generous award from the Henry Luce Foundation will fund opportunities for first generation or minority-serving institutions to participate in global learning research, to gain access to online tools that can enhance practice, and to attend the 3rd International Service-Learning Summit, Global Community Partnerships March 4-6 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

These field-building initiatives to enhance international service-learning practices in US institutions of higher education are made possible in part through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation’s Higher Education Program, which is dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership–bringing important ideas to the center of American life, strengthening international understanding, and fostering innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.