CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CUMU is dedicated to its member institutions and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the issues that face our urban and metropolitan campuses and the communities we serve. As those issues grow, so does the complexity of community and campus-wide engagement. However, it is us—the nation’s urban and metropolitan institutions—that will find innovative solutions to our most pressing issues.

25th Annual Conference
All In: The Urban Mission

Institutions of higher education play major roles in strengthening the fabric of our communities. Across the CUMU membership, institutions are more closely aligning university goals with those of their city and achieving positive outcomes more quickly. They promote economic mobility, drive economic development, foster creativity, address societal challenges, and improve lives.

The 2019 CUMU Annual Conference, All In: The Urban Mission, looks at the role higher education plays in creating significant, equitable outcomes in collaboration with the communities they serve. The theme asks CUMU members to reflect broadly and specifically on how the urban mission can be fully integrated, from real estate assets to college readiness pipeline programs, and into their operations, structure, partnerships and academic objectives.

Supporting these major themes can be transformational to an institution, a community, and, most importantly, individuals. However, for the urban mission to be fully integrated, this work must be scaled and sustained. What new and successful approaches in fundraising, strategic planning, assessment and evaluation, institutionalizing, story-telling, reward and recognition, and structure are happening on your campus to fully integrate the urban mission?

Large-scale development projects are spurring investments in dis-invested neighborhoods across the CUMU membership. While CUMU members are expanding their footprints, they are doing so in ways that drive inclusive economic growth. Stakeholders are utilizing multi-faceted approaches to incorporate pathways for residents to share in the employment and business development opportunities; benefit from neighborhood revitalization; and access services offered by the redevelopment.

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to higher education and a free society. Our institutions have made a greater commitment to diversity and inclusion across all levels of higher education because it enriches educational experiences; enhances social mobility; strengthens communities both inside and out of the institution; and creates engaged citizens who can successfully participate an ever-changing global society.

With a perceived decline in civic participation and a growing erosion of public discourse, it’s important that higher education reinvest in longstanding commitments to prepare students to become engaged citizens. Through community-based learning, student civic leadership, community partnerships, and volunteerism, CUMU members are creating socially aware and active leaders.

Colleges and universities spend over $43 billion on goods and services annually. Many CUMU member institutions are changing procurement policies to redirect purchasing dollars to local businesses. By committing to purchase local goods and services, CUMU member institutions encourage local business development and growth that helps to create more healthy and stable communities.

The pursuit of an anchor mission centers on the more strategic use of all university assets, especially those related to how it hires employees. CUMU members are developing dynamic partnerships and pipelines for expanding outcomes and opportunities for residents through local hiring. Through intentional coordination and alignment among the workforce, economic development, and education sectors, CUMU member institutions are driving equitable economic growth by creating pathways into the workforce.

Through comprehensive initiatives and partnerships with K-12, nonprofit organizations, and local communities, CUMU member institutions are removing barriers to college access and creating sustained pipelines into higher education for their urban communities. CUMU members are also developing programs focused on “opportunity youth”—young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working—that focus on prevention of disconnection, school completion, school re-engagement, barrier remediation, and job placement.

CUMU members are embracing the importance of innovation, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and the creation of economic value for their communities. They are adapting curricula to align learning and resources with the demands of larger entrepreneurial communities. They are creating talent hubs that promote commercialization of university discoveries, launch successful startups, and generate broader community and economic engagement.

Presentation Formats and Approaches

People attend the CUMU Annual Conference to ‘dig in’ and connect on common themes. The CUMU Annual Conference is comprised of multiple presentation styles and formats. Our hope is that you—thought leaders, problem solvers, educators—will have more in-depth, meaningful conversations around subjects that matter to you and your campuses.

Have you led a successful project, partnership, program, or case-study that is working at your institution? Best practices presentations should showcase your work and/or methodologies, highlight what worked, and present positive outcomes. Typically, these presentations utilize presentation tools.

Time Allotment: 30 minutes, inclusive of Q&A. Presentations will be grouped with additional, related presentations into a 60 minute session.

Participation: A maximum of two people can participate as speakers in one 30-minute best practices presentation.

Proposal Requirement:

  • Presentation title
  • Presenter(s) information (name, title, affiliation, email address)
  • Abstract (250 word limit)
  • Learning outcomes

What keeps you up at night? These think tank style sessions are designed to provide a platform for dialogue among attendees on hot topics and issues facing our campuses and communities. Community conversations are not about sharing or defining solutions; they are conversations that should define problems, ideas, or practices that you have given thought to. The presenter in this session serves more as a facilitator than a presenter. The facilitator (presenter) will design a session that creates a thought-provoking and interactive experience for attendees.

Time Allotment: 60 minute session

Participation: No more than three facilitators (presenters) per session

Moderation: A facilitator (presenter) will introduce the issue or question by providing background information and then facilitate an interactive experience/exercise for attendees.

Proposal Requirement:

  • Presentation title
  • Facilitator information (name, title, affiliation, email address)
  • Abstract (250 word limit)
  • Description of how the session will be designed (needs to specifically describe approach/exercises/activities)
  • Ideal audience size to make your session successful?

Attendee Outcome: Attendees should leave the session with new perspectives and an interest in further exploring the topic discussed.

Lighting presentations are quick, engaging, inspirational, and most importantly, fun. Presenters should highlight an idea, success, approach, or trend; bring to light an issue or challenge; or give a personal perspective on a topic. Lightning presentations are not intended to provide the details of your work but rather inspire attendees to seek you out to learn more.

Have questions about whether a lightning session is a good fit for you? Contact CUMU Headquarters to learn more and get your questions answered.

Time Allotment: 5 minutes.

Participation: One person per each five minute presentation. Presentations will be grouped into a 60 minute session that will allow for follow-up questions and direct interaction between presenters and session attendees.

Moderation: An experienced facilitator will provide presenters with clear guidelines and tips for making the most of their short amount of time.

Proposal Requirement:

  • Presentation title
  • Presenter information (name, title, affiliation, email address)
  • Abstract (250 word limit)

Sample Presentation Titles:

  • How ABC University is leveraging football game-days to open the doors to new community partners.
  • A big left turn in my career trajectory based on one meeting with a local school principal.

Attendee Outcome: Attendees should be inspired to learn more.

Have you experienced success in the implementation of new processes, infrastructure, or policy approaches related to addressing a challenge or issue in your community or institution? Mini Workshops should be focused; inform on their topic; and engage attendees around a question or task. Presenters could create an interactive component where attendees may work individually or in small groups. At its core, these are how-to sessions.

Time Allotment: 60 minutes

Participation: A maximum of three people can participate as speakers in one 60-minute mini-workshop presentation.

Moderation: None

Proposal Requirement:

  • Presentation title
  • Presenter information (name, title, affiliation, email address)
  • Abstract (250 word limit)
  • Identification of learning outcomes for attendees
  • Workshop instructional method to demonstrate interactivity
  • What do you need to make your session successful (room set-up, technology, etc.)?
  • Ideal audience size to make your session successful?

Attendee Outcome: Attendees should expect to leave with actionable next steps. Presenters should provide attendees with supplementary materials or information for gathering those materials online.

Panel presentations are question and answer sessions with a panel of individuals focused on a specific topic. Panel presentations are not a collection of individual presentations, but a dialogue. A panel should avoid creating a showcase of something you are doing well, but rather a panel should include diverse view points and perspectives and ideally include community partners.

Time Allotment: 60 minute session.

Participation: A panel presentation is a great way to focus on one metropolitan area. It could also be a good opportunity to bring together individuals from different universities or different parts of the country. A maximum of five people can participate in a panel presentation.

Moderation: A panel moderator will be included as part of the panel presentation team and will introduce the panelists and guide the dialogue to ensure the discussion stays on track.

Proposal Requirement: 

  • Presentation title
  • Panel presenter participant Information (name, title, affiliation, email address)
  • Abstract (250 word limit)
  • Identification of learning outcomes for attendees

Attendee Outcome: Attendees should expect to gain insight and hear alternative perspectives on a topic.

A poster session is the presentation of information illustrated using a 2’ x 3’ poster board. This is a great opportunity to gain significant attention for your work in a more social atmosphere. Poster displays will be available for viewing during a joint reception and poster session open to all attendees. Poster sessions operate under a “free-flowing” format as attendees will typically come-and-go.

Time Allotment: Poster session will be 60 minutes in total.

Participation: No more than two presenters per poster.

Moderation: None

Proposal Requirement:

  • Presentation title
  • Presenter information (name, title, affiliation, email address)
  • Abstract (250 word limit)

Attendee Outcome: Attendees should expect to leave with new ideas and approaches to issues and opportunities relevant to urban and metropolitan universities and the cities in which they reside and serve.

KEY PROPOSAL INFO

  • January 24, Call Opens
  • April 26, Call Closes
  • June 10, Notifications Sent
  • October 21, Conference Begins