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, the 2020 CUMU Annual Conference will be a virtual event and held during the same week as our originally planned in-person event. The conference will feature a series of dynamic and thought-provoking keynote speakers, aimed to inspire further dialogue and critiques on how higher education institutions can best move forward. Keynote sessions will align with the key areas for the fall 2020 Learning & Sharing Virtual Series.

26th Annual Conference | October 19–23, 2020 | Virtual | Stay tuned for details

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.


  • Virtual conference, October 19–23, 2020
  • 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. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, email

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.