The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference is highly regarded as a vibrant platform to explore and share new ideas. The conference is focused on CUMU member institutions, their community partners, and their work addressing contemporary challenges through dialogue and presentations delivered in a variety of formats that allow for in-depth conversations and actionable next steps.

Update on the 2020 CUMU Annual Conference

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving the 2020 CUMU Annual Conference to a virtual event—one that rivals what you’ve come to expect from CUMU and our conference. While not meeting in person is a disappointment, we are excited for this new challenge and are completely committed to delivering a dynamic experience that allows us to safely connect in new ways.

  • Call for Proposals: We are taking down our current call for proposals, but will re-open it at the end of June with new guidance. NOTE: Current proposals that have been submitted will be integrated into the updated review process. We can’t host our event without you and your work.
  • Refunds: If you’ve already registered for the in-person event, you will automatically receive a refund.

Look for further communication about this fall’s virtual event in June.

CUMU’s annual conference has become a highly-regarded platform of authentic dialogue where we ‘pull back the curtain’ and wrestle with what’s happening in our home communities in open and honest ways—just like leaders from Buffalo State, Cal State San Marcos, Johns Hopkins, and Oakland University reiterated in this new video.


  • Washington, DC, October 18–20, 2021
  • San Diego, CA, October 2022


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Discover new opportunities to connect with and establish strategic partnerships with higher education leaders and their community partners from across the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

We are truly thankful that our early committed sponsors have confirmed their commitment to support this fall’s virtual event—each one noting they firmly stand behind CUMU’s mission.