After careful consideration of the health and safety of our members, the difficult financial predicaments many face as a result of COVID19, current travel bans, and the recent uprisings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s annual conference in Minneapolis scheduled for November 2020. We appreciate the work of Andy Furco and Amber Cameron in planning the conference and are working with them to reschedule our 20th anniversary conference to be held in Minneapolis during Fall 2021.
Our 20th anniversary conference marks an important milestone for our association and our field, and IARSLCE believes that we need to hold the event at a time when we can truly celebrate our progress and plan for the future in a dynamic way. Our plan this year was to unveil a global research agenda for the future. The silver lining to postponing the conference is that we now have more time to develop and build the research agenda and are grateful for the opportunity to add more voices and perspectives to the agenda that more fully reflect current issues in our communities.
For those that were eager to attend the November conference, all is not lost. We are excited about the energy around reconceptualizing this special time in the life of IARSLCE as a year long celebration. Towards that vision we are planning a monthly webinar series that will launch in the fall. The series will feature research presentations, conversations with top scholars in the field, and opportunities to connect with colleagues around the world. Proposals submitted for the 2020 conference will be considered and we may reach out to members to contribute ideas for thematic sessions. More details are forthcoming!
Thank you for your commitment to advancing research on service-learning and community engagement across the educational spectrum and across the globe. We look forward to engaging with you over the course of the year and welcoming you to the 20th Anniversary conference in 2021.