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Tuesday, October 22 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Embracing Transparency and Vulnerability: A Dialogue on Community-Engaged Anchor Work

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How can our Community Engagement and our Anchor Mission work align to provide opportunities to strengthen relationships between our institutions and the communities that are most impacted by this work? Particularly in areas that involve a hard look at University business practices, it can be challenging to bring community members into the decision-making process in a meaningful way. However, working with these challenges can result in a more impactful Anchor program, stronger partnerships and new advocates. In this Community Conversation, representatives from several of the institutions in CUMU’s Anchor Learning Network will share how they’ve grappled with this tension, including some of the experiences and tough questions raised by intentional engagement around their local purchasing, hiring, resource allocation and development practices. Conversation will touch on data sharing and goal-setting, community benefits agreements and accountability mechanisms and developing mutually beneficial partnerships and programs. Some tools and best practices will be offered. These include the creation of a Community Development Working Group, a local Anchor partnership and the development of a series of neighborhood-based Community Engagement Centers that incubate innovative anchor approaches that can be scaled to institutional strategies over time.

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Kelsey Otero

Associate Director, Social Innovation, Marquette University
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Lina D. Dostilio

Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Lina Dostilio is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh. She is responsible for supporting community-facing work that includes community relations, cultivating strategic opportunities to advance Pitt’s community engagement agenda... Read More →

Alyssa Berman-Cutler

Executive Director, Community Development, University of Chicago

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT