Featured Speaker: Nieves Tapia
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Talk and Reception: International Center, 427 North Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Service-learning as a Platform for Active Learning, Applied Research, and Student Participation in Community Development
Founder and Director, Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS), Argentina
Nieves Tapia is founder and director of CLAYSS, an NGO based in Buenos Aires. From 1997 to 2010 she organized and directed the Argentina Ministry of Education's first national service-learning programs. She was a founding board member of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement and co-founded the Iberican-American Service-learning Network in 2005.
Tapia has offered lectures, courses, and technical assistance in Latin America and around the world. She was honored as Argentina's Young Person of the Year in 1985 for her leadership in youth organizations during Argentina's transition to democracy, as an Eisenhower Fellow in 1988, and as a National Service Fellow in 1993. She received the National Youth Leadership Council's Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award in 2001.
After graduating in 1978, she was ancient history adjunct professor at the Catholic University in Buenos Aires. She currently directs the service-learning seminar at the Latin American Social Sciences School in Buenos Aires.
Tapia has published numerous books and articles on service-learning in Spanish, English, and Italian, most recently El compromiso social como pedagogía: Aprendizaje y solidaridad en la escuela, (2015, CELAM).