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Monday, October 21 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Anchor Institution Road: Where Are We Now?

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In 2009, Rita Hodges and Steve Dubb studied ten urban campuses (Cincinnati, Emory, IUPUI, LeMoyne-Owen, Miami-Dade, Minnesota, Penn, Portland State, Syracuse, Yale) to examine the state of community engagement and the anchor institution movement—work that ultimately was published by MSU Press as The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads. Ten years later, the term “anchor institution” is more common, with over thirty CUMU members having joined an anchor collaborative and hundreds of schools in Campus Compact having created civic action plans.

But are communities benefiting? And is the idea of an anchor institution mission that the authors introduced—namely, a university that consciously and strategically applies the institution’s long-term, place-based economic power, in combination with its human and intellectual resources, to better the welfare of the community in which it resides—being realized?

Moderated by Steve Dubb, the panel will begin with lead author Rita Hodges reflecting on key themes and changes over the past decade. Three field leaders—Marisol Morales from Campus Compact, Chris Nayve from the Mulvaney Center at the University of San Diego, and Katie Parker from The Democracy Collaborative—will serve as respondents. We will then open up to the room to discuss the many successes, pitfalls, and surprises inherent in anchor institution and community engagement work. And we will take stock of where we have been, where we are now, and where we need to go if the promise of fully integrated community engagement work by universities is to be realized.


Katie Parker

Senior Research Associate, The Democracy Collaborative
Katie Parker joined The Democracy Collaborative in 2014 and has been working to support the Anchor Learning Network. A primary area of focus has been on how anchor institutions can leverage their business practices, such as procurement, hiring and investment, to build community wealth... Read More →
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Steve Dubb

Senior Editor, Nonprofit Quarterly
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Marisol Morales

Vice President for Network Leadership, Campus Compact
Marisol Morales serves as the Vice President for Network Leadership for Campus Compact. In this role Morales provides guidance, inspiration, and practical support to network staff across the country, helping state and regional directors achieve local goals while advancing shared network... Read More →
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Rita Hodges

Assistant Director, The Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Rita A. Hodges is Assistant Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. Hodges supports all aspects of the Center’s mission and operations to improve the quality of life in the community while simultaneously advancing... Read More →

Monday October 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
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