Lorraine McIlrath, 15 June 2010
National University of Ireland, Galway

Since 2004 Lorraine McIlrath has coordinated the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at the National University of Ireland Galway. There she is responsible for developing and supporting civic engagement activities across the university including service learning and student volunteering. She is Principal Investigator (PI) of Campus Engage, a national Irish network to support civic engagement within higher education in Ireland.

She spent the previous ten years in Northern Ireland where she pursued postgraduate studies exploring the role of the media in contested societies. After which she became a Lecturer at the University of Ulster’s UNESCO Centre. Primarily she taught courses on the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process which underpinned service learning. In addition, she was worked on the development of the Northern Ireland curricula framework for ‘Local and Global Citizenship’ in partnership with the Citizenship Foundation, UNESCO Centre and CCEA and published a ‘Resource Directory’ (2002) for all schools in Northern Ireland.

She has consulted for the British Council in Russia - supporting the development of the College for Multicultural Education in Sochi on the Black Sea - and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) in the US – as Programme Director in Northern Ireland. Lorraine is co-editor of the recently published 'Higher Education and Civic Engagement: International Perspectives' (2007) and ‘Mapping Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland’ (2009).

Dear Tawasol colleagues, I would like to thank you all for the well organised series of training workshops and conversations in Beirut from the 18th to the 22nd November. I hope to load my own presentation to the Tawasol website and hope that others can do the same so that this space can continue to be a portal for sharing our collective work. Thank you for your warmth and hospitality to me - I look forward to visiting your beautiful country again. Lorraine
thank you Ms Lorraine, and actually i heard your words alot... looking forward to meeting you as well
Looking forward to meeting you too! See you soon