The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth brought over two hundred community leaders, faculty, and students together on April 14, 2011, at the Woodland Commons to strengthen the social fabric of Southcoast communities. Organized by the Center for Civic Engagement at UMD, the summit included a keynote address by Alan Khazei, Founder and CEO of Be the Change, Inc. Following a panel discussion and lunch, ten groups gathered to discuss a range of topics including Arts and Engagement, College Access, Cities of Service, Green Citizenship, Literacy and Engagement, Qualities of Good Partnerships, and Service-learning (K-16), Social Capital, Volunteer generation and retention, and Youth Leadership and City Year. Click here for the Herald News article. Click here for a one-hour video of the event. Click here for photos of last year's Summit. For more information about the event, contact Deirdre Healy, Director of Service-Learning in the Center for Civic Engagement, at 508-999-8641.

(Top row, left) Beth Ayer of  United Neighbors of Fall River talks with Wendy Garf-Lipp as Matt Kennedy and Fall River Youth Services Coordinator Christian McCloskey listen to Linton Harrington of The Trustees of Reserations. (Top row, center) Jarrad Plant talks with some of his LEADS Project students. (Top row, right) Center for Civic Engagement Assistant Provost Matthew Roy welcomes participants to the Summit at the Woodland Commons. (Second row, left) Chancellor Jean MacCormack talks about the University's efforts to involve students and faculty in civic life. (Second row, center) Fall River Mayor William Flanagan talks about the importance of people getting engaged in the community at every level. (Second row, right) Deirdre Healy, Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement introduces keynote speaker Alan Khazei. (Third row, left and center) Mr. Khazei describes how he has defended projects such as City Year from the loss of funding. (Third row, right) New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang praises Mr. Khazei's work. (Fourth row) UMass Medical School Director of Community Health Suzanne Cashman moderates a panel discussion that includes John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, and Edward Zlotkowski of Bently University's Service-learning Center. (Bottom row, left) Kathleen Marx of South Coastal Counties Legal Services poses for a photo with some of her student volunteers. (Bottom row, center and right) Jim Mathes of SMILES Mentoring and Provost Matt Roy help to lead discussions at their tables.

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