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Become 'do-tanks' not just think tanks, college presidents urged
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct.7, 2000 - Claire Gaudiani, president of Connecticut College, on Saturday called for universities to be "not just think-tanks, but on an equal level do-tanks."
Gaudiani, who has led urban revitalization efforts around her small, private liberal arts college in New London, Conn., called on her fellow college presidents to "move ourselves out of comfort and work with the forces around us to transform society" by building partnerships that serve as prototypes for social justice and social responsibility.
She spoke this morning as the third keynote speaker at Santa Clara University at a four-day international education conference, "Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education," which kicks off SCU's 150th anniversary celebration in the 2000-01 school year.
The gathering, attended by 400 delegates from 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., plus Roman Catholic leaders from Rome, Latin America, and the Far East, was convened to identify the pursuit of social justice as a central theme for Jesuit higher education. It was an unprecedented gathering of U.S. Jesuit college presidents, top U.S. and international Jesuit officials, and academic vice presidents and deans.