Institutions of higher education play major roles in strengthening the fabric of our communities. Across the CUMU membership, institutions are more closely aligning university goals with those of their city and achieving positive outcomes more quickly. They promote economic mobility, drive economic development, foster creativity, address societal challenges, and improve lives.
The theme, All In: The Urban Mission, called on each of us to reflect on how we can move our institutions closer to full integration of the urban mission. Presentations addressed major themes of urban mission integration, inclusive real estate development, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, local purchasing strategies, local hiring and workforce development programs, college access and pipeline models, and innovation and venture creation.