24th Annual CUMU Conference: The Urban Advantage


October 8-11, 2017

Denver Marriott City Center

Denver, Colorado 


The CUMU Annual Conference is the largest nationwide meeting of leaders from urban and metropolitan universities and colleges. We are a diverse community filled with people who are doing great things and who want to help others achieve great things. 


The Urban Advantage

Just as urban and metropolitan universities and colleges serve an important role in their communities, cities serve important roles in students' academic and personal growth. Urban institutions provide them with the resources to grow and thrive in a fast-paced environment. With better opportunities for experiential learning, and partnerships that create immediate and substantive impact on communities, this urban advantage is on display in Denver, the setting of this year's conference. From a mile above sea level, learn about the ways administrators and scholars are changing the face of urban institutions, and the way these colleges and universities are shaping the cities around them in turn. 


A Robust Exchange of Ideas

After receiving considerable feedback from the past several conferences, the CUMU Annual Conference format this year has been revised to better suit the needs of both the presenters and audiences with multiple presentation styles and formats. This blend of short presentations and longer deep-dive discussions will provide more options to present, network, and discuss on a variety of topics of interest.


What does this mean for you? You now have more options to present, network, and discuss. What do we need from you? We need you and your campuses to commit to present, facilitate, listen and moderate.


Who Participates?

We are a community of college presidents and chancellors, senior academic and business leaders, faculty, center directors, community partners, K-12 leaders, economic and workforce development professionals, and policy makers. 


Although we are a diverse group, we have one thing in common—we are doing great things and we want to help others achieve great things. Because of this, attendees are able to benefit from countless opportunities for networking and learning in a supportive environment. 


With a full conference schedule full of meaningful presentations, workshops, panels, and discussions, the best way to maximize your experience at the CUMU annual conference is by attending with a team. Assembling a group of professionals from your institution who represent a variety of different fields will allow you to "divide and conquer" as group members attend different events and reconvene to discuss major takeaways from the sessions they attended. This year, the CUMU conference has even set aside times for teams to meet up between sessions to recap and plan ahead, take full advantage of the conference's wide variety of events with the help of a team! 


Join Us

This year, CUMU is reaching new heights—literally! —in the Mile High City, Denver, Colorado. With more than 15 colleges and universities located in and around the Denver Metropolitan Area, the city will serve as an important backdrop for discussing the issues critical to urban and metropolitan institutions and the values that unite CUMU member institutions. Experience the urban advantage in Denver with us.  


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