Sen. Kennedy To Host Higher Ed. Meeting At B.C.

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

US Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) will host a Jan. 21 campus gathering of Massachusetts college and university presidents, which will explore ways in which higher education institutions can form meaningful partnerships with their local communities.

Kennedy will give the keynote speech at the invitation-only event, which will begin at 2 p.m. in Fulton 511 with an introduction by University President William P. Leahy, SJ.

Following Kennedy's address and a series of remarks by education and community leaders in this field, the group will break into smaller units to discuss specific issues facing institutitions of higher education and their surrounding communities. These topics will include: local economic impact of colleges and universities; support of local public schools by colleges and universities; effective use of students and faculty members in health and human services; neighborhood revitalization; and academic outreach programs in which faculty, students and community members work together to assess and address local needs.

The conference also will feature the introduction of a World Wide Web page developed by Brennan Professor of Education Richard Lerner. This site will enable all contributing participants to provide and exchange information on matters affecting educational and community issues. Lerner is director of the Boston College Center for Child, Family and Community Partnerships, which was established to organize University involvement in all types of "outreach scholarship" programs.

Other higher education and community officials from across the state also are expected to attend the event.

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