During her remarks at the opening plenary, Devorah Lieberman, president of the CUMU executive committee, welcomed attendees and thanked our local members for their commitment to CUMU and their work helping to program this year’s conference.
“I can’t imagine a better setting for this year’s theme. Our local CUMU members are not just leaders and anchors in Philadelphia, but they are leaders across higher education for how they are strategically aligning their assets with the needs of their region to create a stronger, more inclusive economy and more resilient neighborhoods,” said Lieberman, who serves as president of University of La Verne.
The opening plenary, ‘Beyond Engagement—The Urban Mission,’ highlighted how a multi-generational commitment to civic engagement can be both transformative and fully integrated into the core mission of the university. John Fry, president of Drexel University, was joined by Lucy Kerman, senior vice provost for university and community partnerships at Drexel University, and Dana Dornsife.