The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

CKI International Keynotes

In May and June 2014, CKI Coordinator Lorraine McIrath gave a number of keynote addresses at events internationally on civic engagement within higher education, service learning, measurement and impact, and institutionalising civic engagement within higher education.

On the 8th and 9th May 2014 she delivered two addresses in Boston, a seminar to the Talloires Network based at Tufts University and a Think Tank for NERCHE at the University of Massachusetts Boston. For full details on the Seminar and Think Tank at both events.

From the 11th to the 14th May 2014, Lorraine attended and guest keynoted at the Academy for Civic Professionalism as part of the Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University's College of Liberal Arts. Lorraine's address looked at the fostering of civic engagment and professionalism entitled ''Narrative and the Civic Professional - A Personal Reflection on Campus Cartography'.

On the 30th and 31st May Lorraine keynoted at the Spanish ApS(U)5 - Congreso de la Red Universitaria Española de Aprendizaje-Servicio held at the UAM in Madrid. This was the 5th Spanish Service Learning Service Learning Network Conference to be held and the event gathered over 150 academics in considering the future of civic engagement within the university sector in Spain. The title of the keynote 'Service Learning in Ireland - From Periphery to Core' presented seven strategies for embedding an ethos and practice of civic engagement through service learning drawing from her work in Ireland over the last decade.