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International Symposium and Expo on Service-Learning and Socially Responsible Global Citizenship (Online)
服務學習及環球公民國際研討暨博覽會 (線上)

The Service-Learning and Leadership Office (SLLO) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to announce the International Symposium and Expo on Service-Learning and Socially Responsible Global Citizenship, to be held online on July 9-10, 2021. Through this Online Symposium and Expo, we hope to connect teachers, students, and the community to share their Service-Learning (SL) experiences and showcase their projects without the physical limitations of geographical boundaries and the hassles of time zones.  

The COVID-19 pandemic imposed social distancing on all of us and precipitated a plethora of changes in serving the community. It forced us to clarify our beliefs and reiterate our determination to serve. Reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, one key lesson we have learned is that creative, caring, inclusive and regular communication between different partners can lead to an improved understanding of individual responsibility and foster a greater capacity to adopt “the new normal”. Learning about how others have adjusted and adapted their practices and learning can be a stepping stone to a “new future”, that is not just a stopgap that has to be adopted during this difficult time, but has far-reaching potentials for benefitting the community at large and reaching out to the most excluded ones, both right now and in the future beyond COVID-19.
疫情肆虐限制了社交距離,嚴重影響了各種社區服務,亦促使我們重新定義我們的信念和服務的決心。反思過去一年,我們從中體會到創新、關懷、包容以及緊密聯繫不同的夥伴,可以提升個人責任感的認知,並從而更從容接納「新常態」。同時,廣納不同人的實踐經驗和應對方法,不僅是渡過這艱難時期的權宜之計,惠及當前社會以及備受忽視的弱勢群體 ,更可以一起創出全新的「未來」。

Through the Symposium and Expo, we target to provide spaces for like-minded colleagues to share practices, expertise and collaborations. There will be inspirational talks, exhibition rooms, poster sessions, or even interactive workshops. It will take place online, and we will use technology to facilitate participants to have spontaneous conversations with those around them and explore different interactable objects.

We sincerely invite you to join us!

Secondary School
Higher Education
(Student-initiated Service-Learning)
Higher Education

Tentative Rundown

9 July 2021 (Friday)

(HKT, UTC +8 hours) 
Keynote Speech
(Prof Harry R. Lewis, Harvard University)  
Exhibition: posters,
videos and interactable exhibits 
Parallel Interactive Workshops
Poster Session
Invited talk
(Prof Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota)

10 July 2021 (Saturday)

(HKT, UTC +8 hours)
Exhibition: posters,
videos and interactable exhibits
Invited talk
(Dr Luke Terra, Associate Director and Director of Community Engaged Learning and Research, Stanford University)
Parallel Interactive Workshops
Networking Lunch
Invited talk
(Mr. Dion Chen, Principal, YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College)



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