2017 - 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning, NUI Galway June 14-16,
Organising Committee

Antoinette Smith-Tolken is the Acting Senior Director: Social Impact at the Division for Social Impact, Stellenbosch University, South Africa which is a research-focused university. The Division for Social Impact is responsible for the facilitation, structuring, enabling and support of Social Impact, an institutional strategic priority of the Stellenbosch University. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Sociology and a PhD in Education (Curriculum Studies) from Stellenbosch University. Her fields of expertise is community development, experiential learning pedagogies and community-based research methodologies. As Deputy Director: Community Interaction, she headed the portfolio of Engaged Teaching and Learning before she became head of the division. In this capacity she was primarily responsible for enhancing the scholarship of engagement of academic staff through training and support programmes while teaching in three structured M Phil programmes and a PG Diploma and currently supervises two masters and one doctoral student. She plays a leading role in the proliferation of service-learning and community engagement in South Africa and serves as board member on the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum. Antoinette is one of the cofounders of the International Symposium: Service-Learning on which was held on four continents since 2005 and will be convened for the seventh time in 2017 in Galway, Ireland. She has presented at conferences in South Africa, Australia, Europe, the United States and China over the last 10 years, co-chaired five international symposia and a national colloquium. Her research record reflects several national and international publications.

 Lorraine McIlrath coordinates the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) and is responsible for developing and supporting civic engagement activities across the university. From 2007 to 2015, she founded and was Principal Investigator (PI) of Campus Engage funded originally by the Higher Education Authority (national Irish network to support civic engagement within higher education). Campus Enage is now a mainstream national programme and is based at the Irish Universities Association (IUA). She currently co-leads a national project to pilot the Carnegie Foundation Framework for Community Engagement in partnership with the University of Massachusetts and Merrimack College Boston supported by the Ireland Funds and the Talloires Network. She has been developing and guiding the opening of a new communtiy cafe concept based at ILAS called Saol Cafe (Irish for Life) giving people marginalised from employment an opportunity to work.She has keynoted on her work around the world, from the USA to Saudi Arabia to Spain to Australia.  In 2014 she was elected to the Steering Committe of the Talloires Network.She co-direct the Europe Engage Project in partnership with the Autonomous University of Madrid. She spent a decade in Northern Ireland Lecturering at the University of Ulster's UNESCO Centre teaching courses on the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process.  Lorraine has published on the broad theme of civic engagement and higher education in books and journals and is co-editor of a numberof books including Mapping Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland (2009), National Survey of Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland (Campus Engage 2011), Civic Engagement and Higher Education - Comparative Perspectives (2012) and Higher Education and Community Based Research (2014). She is peer reviewer on a number of higher education journals and reviews a number of international university civic engagement awards.

Marianna K. Foulkrod, MAAS is the Director of the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) in Indianapolis, IN. She received her masterís degree from UIndy in Applied Sociology. Since her migration from Cyprus to the United States, Foulkrod has had a fascinating and diverse career, starting as the Assistant Director for a non-for-profit advocacy organization that works for and with people with disabilities. Foulkrod quickly realized her passion for higher education and moved back to that environment working as the coordinator for Civic Engagement programs and later as the director. Foulkrod is a strong advocate for community engagement, civically and academically, and she is committed to providing higher education students and faculty with quality education through service, supporting her institutionís motto Education for Service. Much of her work is showcased in the videos UIndy: Changing Lives through Service, which tell the universityís story of how students, faculty, and staff are engaged in their local, national, and international communities. Foulkrodís most recent endeavors included publications, UIndy receiving the Community Engagement Classification through Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as well as recognition from the Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Foulkrod is also an Adjunct Faculty at UIndy, where she teaches Sociology, Grant Writing and Community Service-Learning Courses locally and internationally. Currently she co-chairs the 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning that will be held in Ireland in June of 2017.