The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is pleased to welcome Anthony Medina as director of programming. In this new, full-time position, Anthony supports the development of new tools, learning communities/networks, and events focused on supporting CUMU’s member institutions.  

Anthony brings 8+ years of experience in the field of community engagement and higher education. He most recently served as assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement at Gonzaga University where he provided oversite for the campus’s Community Engaged Learning program, supported faculty, community-partners, and students engaged in their communities and helped lead many center-wide initiatives.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Anthony to the CUMU team. He brings deep experience in place-based engagement and has a strong personal connection to our mission that will be so important as he works across the amazing CUMU network to build relationships and member-driven programming,” said Bobbie Laur, CUMU executive director.

Medina brings to this role his passion for community building and his belief in the power of higher education and authentic place-based community engagement. He serves on the Place-Based Justice Network’s Steering Committee and was selected as an inaugural Next Generation Fellow; a fellowship designed to support emerging leaders of color who work with place-based community engagement efforts on their campuses and in their communities. 

“I was drawn to this position specifically due to its focus on networking, community-building, and community engagement in an urban setting,” said Medina. “I am passionate about the broader field of community-based development, teaching, and research and see myself, professionally, as a community and bridge builder.”

Join the CUMU headquarters team in welcoming Anthony to CUMU.