Andrew Furco


Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota, USA

Andrew Furco is Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, where is also serves as an Associate Professor of Higher Education. As Associate Vice President, he oversees the advancement of community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach initiatives across the University. His primary research and teaching interests focus on assessing the impact of authentic learning experiences, community engagement, and challenge-based curricula on student development. His publications and research studies have explored the role of service-learning and community engagement in primary, secondary, and higher education across various countries across the globe. He has led more than 30 research studies on service-learning and has produced over 70 publications on the subject. Prior to arriving in Minnesota, he served as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and as the founding Director of Berkeley’s Service-Learning Research and Development Center. He currently serves on the board of directors for the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).

Barbara Canyes


Executive Director, Massachusetts Campus Compact, USA

Barbara Canyes has been a supporter and leader in the field of civic engagement for the past 25 years. In 2000, she became Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact – MACC. MACC is part of National Campus Compact, which is a network of 35 state offices advancing civic engagement on college and communities across the nation. In her 13 years at MACC, Barbara took its membership from 50 presidents up to its current level of 70 public and private Massachusetts’s college presidents working to integrate civic engagement in higher education. Most of her work with members today involves assisting members with institutional planning, faculty development, community/university partnership work and student leaders in public service on college campuses. She received her undergraduate from American University and her Masters in Higher Education from University of Maryland, College Park.