Following the release of the Social Innovation Task Force's final proposal, a need to amplify and develop social impact initiatives at the University has emerged in the Arcadia community.
Beginning this academic year, the Office of Social Impact and Innovation (SI2) will be established...
At a Jan. 15 campuswide Faculty Senate meeting, more than 100 Arcadia community members heard from President Ajay Nair and UKnighted committee leaders on several highly important initiatives, including the University vision statement, the development of Arcadia’s next strategic plan, and potential...
On Reading Day, Dec. 11, the University community heard from the Uknighted Budget, Aspirational, and Shared Governance and Transparency Committees in a highly anticipated follow-up to the April and September community-wide meetings.
In this third meeting, the Budget and Aspirational Committees...
The Arcadia community came together on Sept. 20 for the UKnighted Campus Communitywide kickoff meeting engage with President Ajay Nair and the chairs of the Shared Governance and Transparency, Aspirational, and Budget Task Force committees.
At the meeting, which was a follow up to the April 20...
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Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant serves as the Executive Director of Arcadia's Division of Civic and Global Engagement. The portfolio includes study abroad, international student services, community partnership, and advocacy. Alison also directs the Arcadia Civic Scholars program. Her vision includes every Arcadia student developing a sense of global interdependence and a sense of their own agency to affect positive change.
New in 2021, the Division of Civic and Global Engagement brings together many of the threads of Alison's previous work at Arcadia. Alison first joined the University in 2012. Working in the College of Global Studies, Alison oversaw curriculum development at Arcadia’s 11 centers around the world. Then, in 2019, Alison took on a role weaving social impact into the institution's strategic plan and launching Civic Scholars, a special admission program for students interested in civic engagement and social change.
Before joining Arcadia, Alison worked at the University of Pennsylvania, serving most recently as the Stouffer College House Dean. Alison had also worked for several other mission-driven offices at Penn: The Greenfield Intercultural Center, The Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and Civic House.
Before her career in higher education, Alison worked in direct service organizations in Baltimore, Maryland, including Habitat for Humanity, where she served a term through AmeriCorps.
Alison is a strong advocate of teaching and learning environments that promote the development of students’ social consciousness and leadership capacity. She has taught courses on urban community engagement, service-learning pedagogy, multiculturalism in higher education, and global connections. Alison enjoys encouraging students both to bring their academic work to bear on real-world problems and to let lived and observed experiences influence their scholarly pursuits.
Originally from Massachusetts, Alison earned her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University in Maryland and her M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation was about Penn's relationship with its neighboring public high school. Her ongoing questions of interest are about what's possible when institutions collaborate with their communities toward social change and how best to spur young people toward civic engagement.
Alison and her family reside in Glenside, and the remaining four of her top five favorite places in the world (so far) are Galway, Ireland; Cascais, Portugal; Cape Town, South Africa; and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Loyola University Maryland
Bachelor or Arts, Major in Political Science
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Education