The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities connects leaders and scholars of urban and metropolitan universities to share, discuss, and debate important issues facing our unique institutions and the cities we serve. Our initiatives and programmatic agendas reflect the traits and ambitions of our membership and their communities.

CUMU programming includes the CUMU Annual Conference, the Learning & Sharing Virtual Series, as well as special programs for members and non-members. We continue to publish Metropolitan Universities journal, share news and best practices through publications, convening our research and action networks, and addressing individual member needs.


View dozens of previous webinars, workshops, and presentations and learn from fellow CUMU members.


CUMU Annual Conference

The CUMU 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. The CUMU Annual Conference is open to both CUMU members and non-members.

Learning & Sharing Virtual Series

The Learning & Sharing Virtual Series is a CUMU members-only series focused on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action. This virtual series brings together CUMU administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners over the course of three months to learn from one another and share challenges and successes on a set of discrete issue areas. This virtual series is offered at no-cost to CUMU members and their partners.

President and Chancellor Programming

CUMU offers programming exclusively for presidents and chancellors of CUMU member institutions. These unique opportunities provide an intimate space for presidents and chancellors to learn and converse with leaders in the field about important issues impacting higher education. Sessions strike a balance between hearing from experts and fostering dialogue among presidents and chancellors.


CUMU members and non-members are able to participate in free remote learning webinars on topics such as aligning community engagement with inclusive economic development, getting started with an anchor mission at your institution, and developing local hiring and/or procurement policies and the partnerships to implement them successfully. Webinars involve national leaders and CUMU members to provide in-depth information, tools, resources, and inspiration to help you in your work.

Special Programming

Throughout the year, CUMU brings together thought leaders, CUMU members, and their partners for events that reinforce the importance of the urban mission and the role higher education plays in the communities we serve. Recent programs include: