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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Explore D.C.
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcome Meet & Greet

Arriving early for the conference?  Join us for a drink and to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. CUMU has reserved a section of the lobby bar for this informal and casual gathering. Feel free to bring guests or spouses. 

Hotel Lobby Bar

Sunday, October 23, 2016

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Renaissance Ballroom Foyer

Explore D.C.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting (Invite Only)

Penn Quarter Room

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception

The official kick-off of the conference begins with a networking reception on Sunday evening.  This is the perfect time to connect with colleagues.  The reception takes place before dinner, so you can still get out and enjoy D.C..  The reception will feature brief remarks from Richard Guarasci, President of CUMU and Wagner College and Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs, Woodrow Wilson Center and Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory


Opening Reception Keynote Speaker: Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs Woodrow Wilson Center and the Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
President's Dinner (Invite Only)

Hosted by Georgetown University President Dr. John DeGioia

Georgetown University, Riggs Library (transportation provided)

Monday, October 24, 2016

All conference events will take place in the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
7:30 am – 8:30 am

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Opening Plenary
Keynote Speaker | Can Immigrants Revitalize America's Shrinking Cities?

In the mid-twentieth century, the white middle class seemed to abandon many American cities, leaving behind a legacy of major institutions and infrastructure with a tax base that had a hard time supporting it. Today, some cities are rebounding with population growth driven in significant part by immigrantsmost dramatically in places such as Denver, Boston, and Washington D.C., but also cities like Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Memphis. Universities and colleges have been at the center of these changes, both as institutions that faced fiscal pressures and as agents of change in supporting a multicultural revitalization of central cities. What are the immigration and population trends fueling these changes? What other cities have the potential to see this kind of rebound?


Opening Keynote Speaker: David Dyssegaard Kallick, Director, Immigration Research Initiative, Fiscal Policy Institute

9:45 am – 12:30 pm
President's Forum | Globalization: The Opportunity for Urban and Metropolitan Universities

During this members-only working session participants will hear from experts and institutional leaders that have developed best practices, engage in robust discussion among peers, and develop strategies for returning home in several areas.

9:45 am – 11:00 am
Concurrent Sessions I

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  • Leading with the Civic: Institutionalizing a Two-Tiered Model of Community-Engaged Learning
  • Supporting Institutional Change: A Case Study of Strategies that Really Work
  • The Impact of Community Engagement as a Strategy in the Retention of Minority Students at an Urban, Public Commuter Campus
  • What the Heck is a Metropolitan University? (How to promote it and why it's important)
  • Crafting and Enhancing Communications to Support Community-University Partnerships in Higher Education
  • Georgetown's Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor: An Experiment in Experiential Learning and Solidarity Building
  • Teaching Baltimore Together: Building Thematic Cooperation Between Classes
  • Divided Baltimore Speaker Series\Course: Beginning the Process of Positive Change
  • Across the Continuum: A Framework for Community Engagement
  • Institutionalizing Community Engagement: Development of Community Engagement Plans
  • Foucault Rides the Streetcar: Power, Privilege, and Service Learning in New Orleans 
  • Service Learning and the Significance of Students' Racial Identities
  • Flipping the Script: From Problems to Promise
  • Capturing the promise: Moving beyond partnerships based on proximity
  • The Why, What and How of Building a Citywide STEM Ecosystem
  • Experiential Learning to Teach through University-Community and K-12 Partnership
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions II

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  • Institutional Change to Support and Reward Faculty as Community-Engaged Scholars : Part One
  • Institutional Change to Support and Reward Faculty as Community-Engaged Scholars: Part Two
  • Prospect for Change: Lessons from an Anchor Institution- Community Collaboration in Milwaukee
  • Temple-Made: The Realignment of an Urban University
  • DC's Limited Purpose Driver's License: Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating the Undocumented Community
  • Actualizing Human Rights Advocacy at the Local Level  
  • Partnership, Participatory Research and Intervention Building in a New Immigrant Gateway
  • Communication Co-op: Creating an Experiential Learning Culture in the Liberal Arts
  • On-Campus Community Service as a Means to Introduce and Expand Service and Civic Engagement 
  • Partnering with Universities: Pathways to sustainable academic momentum
  • Finding calm in teaching, research, and service: MSW students, Community Partners and Somali Refugees
  • Lessons Learned and Best Practices from a Sustained University-Community Partnership
  • Fostering A Democratic Ideal: Facilitating Political Literacy and Political Participation
  • Please Touch The Art
  • Imagining Democracy on Campus and Beyond: Cultural Organizing and the 'Art of Transformation'

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


Luncheon Plenary | The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Need for Real Innovation!

This panel session will focus on the importance of campus and system leadership in rethinking traditional approaches to the institution-metropolitan area relationships. New, innovative partnerships, such as deeper engagement in economic development, creation of talent, and collaboration in confronting and solving complex regional issues will be addressed through specific examples of campus engagement. Panelist-audience dialogue will explore future directions.


Moderator: John Cavanaugh, President, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Region



  • Karen Stout, President, Achieving the Dream
  • Bob Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland
  • Stephen Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Leonard Haynes, Senior Fellow, Consortium of Metropolitan Universities, Washington, DC
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2:15 pm – 3:30 pm



Concurrent Sessions III

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  • Fostering Service & Civic Engagement While Teaching in an Online Environment
  • Intentionally Engaging Students in the Anchor Strategy of the Institution
  • The Georgetown Anacostia River and Surrounding Neighborhoods Working Group: An Opportunity for Multi-Disciplinary, Place-Oriented Engagement for the Common Good
  • From Data to Action: How can metropolitan universities use, analyze and maximize city data for neighborhood revitalization?
  • Campus and Community Leadership in the Spotlight: How University Presidents and City Managers View Town-Gown Relationships
  • UNCOVERING SW Raleigh and Adaptable Communities: Towards a Sustainable Model for Community-University Engagement
  • Building an Engagement Facility Through Love of Place:  The Story of the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
  • How do we enhance our impact?: Developing Alignment of University Efforts with Pressing Community Needs
  • The Organizational Spine Supporting Community Engagement
  • The Neighborhood Team: How  a Community Engagement Division, Student Affairs and University Police Helped a University Become a Better Neighbor
  • Hunger and Food Insecurity: Building a Faculty/Staff/Student/Community Coalition
  • Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities and Economic Revitalization through Urban Agriculture Initiatives
  • The Pitt Pantry: Addressing Food Insecurity on Campus
  • Successful Public Private Partnerships: Generating much needed revenues while delivering real world education to our students
  • University-Business Partnerships: Transitioning from Transactional to Transformational Initiatives

Featured Panel | Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact


Moderator: Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects, The Democracy Collaborative



3:45 pm  4:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions IV

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  • Universities as Partners in Scaling Up Evidence-Based Social Innovations
  • Threats & Challenges to the Urban & Metropolitan University Mission: Current Trends and a Community Discussion 
  • Identity and Image Management: Data Tracking & Reporting as Institutional Change Strategy
  • Dancing without stepping on one another's toes: Challenges and opportunities in campus-community partnership
  • Innovative Models for Next-Generation International Partnerships with a focus on Academic Impact and Community Engagement
  • Designing the Future(s) at Georgetown University: The Role of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning in the Future of Undergraduate Education
  • The Formation of Community-Engaged Scholars: A Collaborative Approach to Doctoral Training (The 2016 Lynton Award Winner)
4:30 pm 6:00 pm
Poster & Networking Reception

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End your first full day of the conference networking with colleagues and enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. CUMU is pleased to include educational posters as part of the Networking Reception. The poster presentations address topics relevant to the success and growth of our urban campuses. We hope you will engage in one-on-one conversations with the presenters about their research. This is a great time to make connections, share stories, and exchange ideas.

  • Starting down the path of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Elective Community Engagement Classification 
  • Study Abroad in Mexico: California State University Fullerton Programs, Partners, and Participants
  • The Truest Kind of Partner: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and D.C. Area Universities
  • Understanding Leadership Across Generations: A Community Engaged Service Learning Model
  • Mapping Omaha: A Geographic Assessment of the Service Learning P-16 Initiative
  • Service Learning to Engage Students and Communities
  • Measuring Success: what do students get for their time and tuition? 
  • Charting the Future: Cross-Campus Partnerships for Institutional Change
  • Student versus Community Perceptions of the Value of Engaged Learning: Exploring Overlap and Divergence at the Program Level
  • Unpacking Diversity in the Higher-Ed Classroom: Thinking Big to Make Way for a Better Future 
  • Implications of Reciprocity Perspectives in University Community Engagement Activities
  • Optimizing Campus Mobility with a focus on Sustainability: A Graph Theory Approach to Intra-Campus Transportation Networks
  • Leveraging University & P-12 Partnerships to Challenge the Perceptions and Question the Assumptions of Future Urban Teachers and Teacher Leaders
  • P-16 service learning outcomes: Charting new paths to partner and assess innovative collaborations
  • Faculty, Newspapers, and Students: Why Connect These Dots in 2016 and Beyond? 
  • Empowered Students, Happy Butterflies: Using a Rain Garden Project to Enhance Urban Habitat, Student Learning, P-16 Service Learning Outcomes, and Community Engagement 
  • Institutional upward mobility and implications for developmental education
  • Villa VCU Mentoring Partnership

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

All conference events will take place in the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

7:00 am – 11:00 am
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Professional Development Networking Breakfast

8:00 am 9:00 am 


Ad-hoc Meetings
  • MUJ Focus Group (Open to all attendees)
  • Emerging Academic Administrative Leaders (Invite only)
9:15 am 10:30 am
Concurrent Sessions V

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  • Creative Ways to Leverage Private Real Estate Investment in Neighborhoods 
  • Addressing the Housing Crisis in Oregon: Different Approaches to Collaboration
  • The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Endeavor Leadership Scholars Program
  • American University's Community-Based Research Scholars Program
  • Innovation + Proven Practice: Increasing First Generation Student Success in STEM at Georgetown University
  • Strategies to build effective tutoring and mentoring programs for youth
  • A unique community partnerships: Lessons learned for the future
  • Safety and Protection of Minors: Developing Policy and Best Practices to Protect Youth on Campus
  • Lessons from the playground: How 3 rival universities found sharing just works better
  • Managing and Mapping Highly Engaged Students: Metaphorical Code-Switching as a Mode of Experiential Reflection
  • Using Research Awards to Encourage Applied Research Relevant to an Urban Mission
  • Medical Student-Community Partnership: Researching/Proposing Real World Solutions to Critical Community Problems
  • From Office to Innovation: Faculty Developing Infrastructure for Community Partnerships
  • Creating a Sustainable Community Partnership using the Stater Collaboration Model
  • Measurement and Assessment of Community Engagement: starting a campus-wide dialogue 
  • Into the Weeds: Using Institutional Data to Support Program Improvement Across the University

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions VI

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  • Disrupting the Norm: Collaborative Approaches to Inspire Institutional Change
  • Preparing Professionals to Meet the Healthcare Workforce Needs of Our Diverse Communities
  • Community Based Learning: A Model for University and Public Health Collaboration 
  • Student Success for All: Support for Low Income Students at an Urban Public University
  • Academic Achievement through Community Engagement
  • The Shared Value of Nonprofit Partnerships
  • Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: A Strategy for Rust Belt Revitalization
  • Connecting Learners and Job Seekers to Opportunities in Philadelphia
  • Community Engagement Day Focus Group Workshops: Action Research on Collective Impact
  • Public Sector - University Collaboration:   Prioritizing Policy Alternatives for the Public Good
  • Weber State and Ogden: Defining Each Other through the College Town Initiative
  • A Service Year: Innovations in Campus-Community Partnerships
  • Music to Our Ears: A University / Youth Orchestra Collaboration
  • First Year Experience: Success and Challenges in a First Year Experience Program 
  • Starting with Faculty: Building a culture of engaged scholarship on campus
  • Community Engagement: Can it retain its momentum throughout a university presidential transition?
  • Professional development for community-engaged research and teaching: An integrated model for administrators, instructors, researchers, and community partners

12:00 pm  1:30 pm


Luncheon Plenary: Election 2016: Implications for Urban and Metropolitan Universities 


Hosted by the UP Coalition

1:30 pm

Thanks to our sponsors!




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