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Tuesday, October 22 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Urban Mission: Around the Globe in One Hour

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The future of urban and metropolitan universities is intimately linked with the dynamism of our increasingly complex and interconnected world. Higher education institutions attract individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures who contribute to rich learning environments, engage in the development and exchange of ideas, and impact communities near and distant. As social institutions, they also serve as forums for dialogue and debate, and platforms for the translation of knowledge and values into action both locally and potentially on a global scale. This Community Conversation will explore how higher education across the globe - particularly as seen through the lens of an urban mission - is shaping and being shaped by social, economic, political and demographic change. Through case studies and rich conversation, we will learn how the urban mission is expressed in different regions and consider how culture, language, history and geography impact the focus and approaches to this work. We will identify challenges and effective strategies that institutions have discovered, and discuss how they extend their reach and scope developing and participating in global partnerships that stimulate their engagement in social and economic development.

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Valerie Holton

Editor, Metropolitan University journal, National Yang-Ming University
Dr. Holton is an active scholar and teacher, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional consultant to universities and organizations. Valerie serves as editor of CUMU's Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ), a quarterly, peer-reviewed outlet for scholarship on cutting-edge issues in higher education. In 2018 she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Social Work at National Taiwan University. There she taught an interdisciplinary graduate course on community-engaged... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EDT