The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities was founded with the purpose of bringing together leaders and scholars to share, discuss, and debate important issues facing our unique institutions and the cities we serve. We thank those who support our mission through their generous support of our Annual Conference.

2022 Title Sponsors

annie casey foundation

2022 Signature Sponsors

Academic Search

2022 Local Host Sponsors

U3 Aadvisors


There are various sponsorship opportunities for this year’s conference.

To become a sponsor or learn more, please contact Valerie Holton at info@cumuonline.org or 410-704-3700

The CUMU Annual Conference is the largest nationwide meeting of leaders from urban and metropolitan universities and colleges. CUMU consists of 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.

Since 2017, each conference has sold-out, with attendance reaching 500. Review past conference materials.

Connecting with others doing inspirational and like-work is vital to growing our institution’s mission as a premier engaged university and helps to create new models to translate into the work that we do.

My favorite part of the CUMU Conference was learning about the various models for community/university relationships. I liked that the presenters shared the triumphs and the challenges.

There are other institutions facing the same challenges we face at our institutions and we can learn from each other. I learned about some great practices occurring at other universities that we can implement.

Having now been at two CUMU schools, I know the value of the CUMU organization. The work inspires productive and mission-centered collaborations across interests that don’t easily find ways and means to connect. That re-centering on aligning actions and decisions with mission and on stretching our concepts of scholarship and responsibility – and celebrating student growth as they participate – creates fertile space for inspired leadership.

Among the higher education leaders generally in attendance are:

  • Presidents/Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Academic Affairs
  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Administration
  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Technology Systems
  • Vice Presidents/Vice Chancellors of Outreach and Engagement
  • Vice Presidents/Vice Chancellors of Research
  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Student Affairs
  • Community Partners
  • K-12 Education Leaders
  • Deans of Education
  • Deans of Fine Arts and Communications
  • Deans of Lifelong Learning
  • Deans of Business
  • Directors Enrollment
  • Directors of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
  • Directors of University and Community Partnerships
  • Policy Makers
  • Senior Business Affairs Officers
  • Senior Government Affairs Officers
  • Senior Public Affairs Officers
  • Senior Development Officers
  • Senior Engagement Officers
  • Faculty
  • Association Presidents and Executive Directors