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Service-Learning History Project

The Gathering 2017


The Gathering was held twenty-two years after the 1995 Wingspread meeting on Golden, Colorado. It brought together twelve of the "pioneering practitioners" and sixteen "next-generation practitioners" to engage in critical, cross-generational review and reflection about the practice of service-learning in higher education. The goals of The Gathering included: to identify and address the field’s current challenges; to explore successful strategies and those that may be limited; and once again to revisit the roots of the practice to deepen our understanding of how incorporating community service into the life blood of academic institutions improves instruction, empowers communities and enhances the civic life and skills of young people.

Preparation Materials

Mission Statement, The Gathering, Golden, Colorado, 2017
Agenda, The Gathering, Golden, Colorado, 2017

Video and Audio Recordings

Post-Meeting Reflections & Analyses

Items to be added as they are developed.


Pioneering Practitioners

  • Herman Blake, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (pre-meeting interview only)
  • Richard Cone, University of Southern California, retired
  • Nadinne Cruz, independent consultant
  • John Duley, Michigan State University, retired (pre-meeting interview only)
  • Mary Edens, Michigan State University, retired (pre-meeting interview only)
  • Dwight Giles, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Gary Hesser, Augsburg University, retired
  • Gregory Ricks, independent consultant
  • Robert Shumer, University of Minnesota, retired
  • Robert Sigmon, retired (pre-meeting interview only)
  • Timothy Stanton, senior engaged scholar, Ravensong Associates
  • Marty Tillman, Global Career Compass

Next-Generation Practitioners

  • Suzanne Buglione, Bristol Community College
  • Lina Dostilio, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sylvia Gale, University of Richmond
  • Susan Harris, University of Southern California
  • Eric Hartman, Haverford College
  • Emily Janke, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Lena Jones, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Richard Kiely, Cornell University
  • Kent Koth, Seattle University
  • Nicholas Longo, Providence College
  • Carol Ma, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore
  • Janice McMillan, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tania Mitchell, University of Minnesota
  • Marisol Morales, University of LaVerne
  • Chritopher Nayve, University of San Diego
  • Nicole Springer, Michigan State University

Facilitators and Sponsors

  • Jonathan Gruber, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
  • Matt Hartley, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ellen Porter Honnet, Harvard University
  • Elaine Ikeda, California Campus Compact
  • Katie Kleinhesselink, University of Denver
  • Adrienne Martine, University of Denver
  • Julie Plaut, Minnesota Campus Compact
  • Seth Pollack, California State University Monterey Bay
  • Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact
  • Thomas Schnaubelt, Stanford University
  • Stephanie Schooley, Campus Compact of the Mountain West
  • Sabrina Sideris, University of Denver