The Anchor Learning Network brings together diverse viewpoints from across the CUMU membership to discuss and affirm higher education’s commitment to an anchor mission strategy. As part of the Initiative, CUMU members are able to participate in a series of 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 will involve field leaders to provide in-depth focus and discussion on specific evaluation and implementation practices.

All webinars are free and open to CUMU members only.

Archived Webinars

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Webinar and Q&A
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 12:00–1:30 p.m. EST

In partnership with the Swearer Center at Brown University—the new administrative home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification—we are pleased to support our member campuses that are applying or re-classifying for the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

This webinar addresses preparation for both first-time applicants and campuses that are re-classifying (those classified in 2010) and includes:

  • an orientation to both the classification and re-classification frameworks
  • an overview of the 2020 timeline
  • strategies that have been effective for successful application
  • informal discussion for including the anchor mission as a complementary component of your application

Facilitator Biographies

Distinguished Engaged Scholar, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University

John Saltmarsh is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a Distinguished Engaged Scholar at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, where he leads the project in which the Swearer Center serves as the administrative and research partner with the Carnegie Foundation for elective Community Engagement Classification. He is also a Visiting Scholar with College Unbound in Providence, Rhode Island.

Assistant Director for Research and Assessment, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University

Georgina Manok is the Assistant Director for Research and Assessment at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. As part of her role, she manages the Center’s College & University Engagement Initiative (CUEI), which includes the research and administration of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and several other national assessment instruments to measure inputs and outputs of campus community engagement. In the last 2 years, Manok contributed to the revision of the 2020 framework and the design of the online application portal, and co-facilitated regional and national Carnegie Classification workshops and webinars.

Manager of Higher Education Engagement, The Democracy Collaborative

Emily Sladek is the Manager of Higher Education Engagement at the Democracy Collaborative. She leads the Collaborative’s higher education programming and in partnership with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, manages the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative that includes over 30 public and private universities and colleges from across North America.

The Anchor Mission: Higher Education’s Public Mission
April 24, 2018, 2:00 PM

This webinar focuses on the emerging anchor mission approach and provides a foundation in anchor strategies and community wealth building. Presenters focus on how they moved anchor strategies from theory to practice, focusing on lessons learned in implementation in the areas of local and inclusive hiring, local and diverse sourcing, and real estate and housing affordability. Participants of the live webinar are able to ask questions and participate in a larger conversation about how to advance and accelerate this approach across their communities and higher education.

Facilitator Biographies

Senior Associate of Higher Education, The Democracy Collaborative

Emily joined the Democracy Collaborative in November 2015 and serves as the lead for higher education engagement. Sladek is the author of Higher Education’s Anchor Mission: Measuring Place-Based Engagement. She works with the field of higher education to more intentionally align their institutional assets with the strengths and needs of their communities. Sladek has also written extensively and developed indicators for building community wealth and broad ownership initiatives to address long standing disparities. While originally from Iowa, she spent several years in the Pacific Northwest and earned a Masters in Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. With a background in research and evaluation for academic bridge programs (TRiO) as well as the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth program, which provides education pathways to youth in the juvenile offender system, she collaborates with communities to collect culturally relevant data that strengthens organizational and policy development.

Director of Community Partnerships, Cleveland State University

Julian Rogers serves as the Director of Community Partnerships with Cleveland State University where he oversees the Office of Civic Engagement. Prior to this, he was a member of the inaugural Cuyahoga County Council where he represented District 10, which includes Bratenahl, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland wards 10 and 11, East Cleveland and University Heights. Julian has also served as the Executive Director of Education Voters of Ohio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public education. His career has been spent in community service and education. Julian worked for the Cleveland Municipal School District, where he served for seven years as Senior Assistant to the CEO and Liaison to the Office of the Mayor.

Julian’s career began working on political campaigns. His first was with the fundraising team of Mary Boyle’s race for U.S. Senate. In succeeding years, he worked as a Regional Director for America Coming Together, served as a delegate to the Democratic Convention, held leadership positions in several school levies, and helped found a statewide political action committee, Blue 88. He also served as the Field Director for the successful Cuyahoga Arts and Culture levy.

Julian is a resident of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and is active in the community. He has a degree in Political Science from Ohio University and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University. He is very civilly engaged and formerly served as a Trustee of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). Julian was inducted into Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 40/40 Club and was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus.

Associate Director, Communications and Special Projects, University and Community Partnerships, Drexel University

Jen Britton has been on Drexel University’s administrative staff since 2002 when she joined the International Area Studies program as a student advisor and eventually became the interim program director. Prior to that she supported community education in a variety of nonprofit arts and service organizations in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

She has also managed Drexel’s sustainability and resilience-focused Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative, a research collaborative that worked on issues in urban infrastructure. Jen received her MS degree in Drexel’s Science, Technology and Society (STS) program with a special focus on 20th century American urban and suburban infrastructure development. With this background she sometimes dips a toe into teaching history of technology to Drexel’s engineering students.

She joined the Office of University and Community Partnerships (UCP) in 2012, in time to be part of the team launching Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, a stakeholder-driven neighborhood resource center inspired by the tradition of cooperative extension. She became the Dornsife Center’s launch director and led the first year of programming. As the Associate Director for Communications and Special Projects, Jen is currently coordinating UCP’s priorities around communications, data, and integrating civic engagement into the university’s academic mission.

Community Development Specialist, Public Policy Research Center, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Karl Guenther is a Community Development Specialist at the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). Karl staffed the formation and management of the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis. The Network is a professional association of nonprofit community building organizations whose goal is to build vibrant neighborhoods where people want—and can afford—to live, creating a stronger and more competitive regional economy. In addition, Karl staff’s the Creating Whole Communities initiative at UMSL, a partnership between UMSL, University of Missouri Extension and the St. Louis Region’s neighborhoods. In this role, Karl helps to advance research and data driven decision making related to the region’s community development sector by participating in research and connecting people and organizations to best practices from around the country. This work has led to his management of UMSL’s Anchor Institution Committee which seeks to leverage the University’s economic and human capital for the benefit of improving neighboring communities.

Karl is also a co-founder of Invest STL, a fund at the Saint Louis Community Foundation dedicated to supporting great neighborhood development in the St. Louis region. This fund builds community capacity, invests in resident engaged revitalization planning and implementation of community improvement projects.

Previously Karl was a Program Associate at the Incarnate Word Foundation where he helped organize the first Marketplace of Ideas to attract funders to community projects on the city’s northside; coordinated a funders circle to learn lessons from experts in collective impact; and maintained relationships with grantees from across the region.

Karl holds a Masters Degree from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis focused on social & economic development and research, and was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 under 30 in 2013.


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