2015 CUMU Engagement Academy
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Engagement Academy
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Date:          Friday, October 9th 8:30 a.m. – Sunday, October 11th 12:00 p.m.

Location:   Embassy Suites Old Market, Omaha, NE

Lodging:    Embassy Suites Old Market, Omaha, NE


The CUMU Engagement Academy, in partnership with the University of Nebraska, Omaha, is a professional and institutional development experience where campus teams work intensely for 2.5 days supported by instruction and mentoring from top scholars, leaders and practitioners in the field of community engagement.


The CUMU Engagement Academy builds on CUMU’s tradition of sharing, exchanging and inventing new institutional leadership strategies based on the distinctive characteristics, challenges and contexts of urban/metropolitan-located higher education institutions.  Institutional teams will work both on their own and interactively with other participating campus teams to develop plans and ideas for advancing their institution's performance and success.


The goal for each team is to create a clear action plan designed to deepen institutional commitment to and capacity for high quality community engagement. Pre-work will help each campus team identify specific challenges and goals for their campus.  At each stage of the Academy experience, participants learn new concepts and then craft components of their action plan to improve the alignment of engagement strategies with their institutional mission and goals. Team members return to their campuses with their action plan and new leadership skills to support successful implementation.


“The academy was a rich, reassuring experience for me personally and our team.  Having access to experts helps me feel confident about the work we do and how best to advance our thoughts about integrating this work as we navigate this transition.”


Who should attend?

Teams of 3 or more should be led by someone in an authoritative role at the institution. Additional team members should represent diverse roles related to the topical focus identified by the team’s pre-work .


Teams of 3 or more are most successful because of the breadth of perspective and creative thinking; individuals and pairs are welcomed, but are more challenged in the process of building an action plan that will be likely to be implemented. Part of the value of the EA model is to help participating institutions build consensus and a more commonly understood view of community engagement.



The 2015 CUMU Engagement Academy precedes the CUMU Annual Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Those attending the Engagement Academy are encourage to attend the Annual Conference as well.


The CUMU Engagement Academy is limited to the first 75 people who register to ensure the audience is intimate enough for quality conversations and meaningful takeaways. Registration includes breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and recommended readings and materials.


         Register by 8/31/15:        $385.00 per person

         Register after 8/31/15:    $425.00 per person


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