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Tuesday, October 10 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Connecting Two Public Purpose of Higher Education: Community Engagement and Anchor Institution Strategy (90 mins)

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Institutions of higher education are called to fulfill two public purposes: engaging in and with the local community and aligning resources to serve as anchor institutions. However, these public purposes are not traditionally connected in research or practice. This panel will explore the progress institutions of higher education have made to connect the concepts of community engagement and anchor institution strategy. Panelists will share anecdotes that include their personal background in community engagement and higher education. Panelists will also provide a clear summary of their institutions’ current practice in connecting these two concepts.

This session will also examine how the adoption of an anchor mission has helped spread the concept of community engagement to more areas of the institution (i.e. student body, human resources, and purchasing). Results indicating that faculty and staff who at first didn’t see a connection with community now have opportunities to develop more integrated and sustained approach approach. Specific focus will be dedicated to exploring ways to connect students to the anchor work of the institution through both curricular and co-curricular pathways, while also maintaining a commitment to long-standing relationships with community organizations that are founded in reciprocity. Session participants will have multiple opportunities to ask questions, provide feedback, and connect with colleagues during the session. This session is presented in collaboration with the Democracy Collaborative.

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Valerie Holton

Executive Editor, Senior Fellow, CUMU
Valerie Holton, PhD, LCSW is the executive editor of CUMU’s Metropolitan Universities (MUJ), a quarterly online journal for scholarship on cutting-edge issues impacting urban and metropolitan universities and colleges. Additionally, in her role as CUMU’s Senior Fellow, Valerie... Read More →
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Ted Howard

Co-founder and President, The Democracy Collaborative
Ted Howard is the Co-founder and President of The Democracy Collaborative, an action-oriented progressive think tank established 20 years ago in the United States. He has been named one of “25 visionaries who are changing your world” by the Utne Reader and identified by the... Read More →
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Jennifer Johnson Kebea

Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, Drexel University
Dr. Jennifer Johnson Kebea has been part of Drexel University’s expanding efforts around civic engagement since 2009. Currently, Jennifer serves as Executive Director of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. She is also affiliated faculty with Drexel University's School of Education... Read More →

John Siskar

Ar Advisor for Educational Pipeline Initiatives, SUNY Buffalo State

Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am MDT
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