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Tuesday, October 22 • 10:30am - 11:30am
This is Not Another Thing on the Plate; This IS the Plate: Institutionalizing Anchor Work In Uncertain Times

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The anchor mission reinforces the roots of our public mission as contributors to the civic and economic prosperity of our urban regions. It has also re-organized our institutions internally. Anchor work can become more complicated at a time when there is limited capacity; especially during succession and staff turnover. While many of our colleagues and leaders are committed to the intentionality and data-driven approach of the anchor mission, it’s not always easy to secure buy-in from key stakeholders across the institution. The urban mission of higher ed. is easily siloed. However, we believe that anchor work is not another thing on the plate; it is the plate. This facilitated dialogue will capture stories from the faculty and administration of private and public urban institutions, responsible with advancing anchor, regardless of the political and fiscal environment of the moment. This session will begin with brief opening statements from representatives from Buffalo State/SUNY, the College of Staten Island/CUNY, Rutgers – Newark, St. John’s University/Staten Island Campus, and Wagner College, on their efforts to integrate anchor. The panelists represent institutions that are both a part of, and external to CUMU and TDC’s Anchor Learning Network. A set of guided questions and a moderated panel discussion will follow.

Specific topic areas for institutionalizing anchor include:

  • Connection to strategic planning and priorities 
  • Leveraging cross-sectoral alliances for cross-campus alliances
  • Inventorying assets and research opportunities
  • Leveraging regional partnerships and local expertise
  • Creating organizational structures and incentivizing activity
  • Defining the value proposition

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Arlette Cepeda

Director of CLCE, Wagner College
Arlette Cepeda is a civic professional and a visual artist. Cepeda is the director of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) at Wagner College. She oversees student programs and initiatives focused on community engagement such as the Bonner Leaders Program, the... Read More →
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Ken Iwama

Vice President, CUNY/College of Staten Island
As the Vice President of Economic Development, Continuing Studies and Government Relations, I support and enhance economic growth and sustainability through higher education opportunity, human capital and talent development, applied research and innovation, entrepreneurship and business... Read More →
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Crystal Montalvo

Director Community Educational Engagement, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Crystal Vera-Montalvo joined the College of Staten Island/CUNY in July 2018 as the Director of Community Educational Engagement. As a key convener of the College's anchor mission, Crystal manages community-based partnerships, and oversees nationally recognized pre-college programs... Read More →
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Peter Englot

Sr. Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Rutgers University Newark
As Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff at Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N), Peter Englot leads the university’s communications efforts and supports Chancellor Nancy Cantor and her leadership team in coordination of activities across their divisions... Read More →
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Alan Delmerico

Community Health Behavior Scientist, Center for Health and Social Research
Dr. Alan Delmerico is a Community Health Behavior Scientist at the Institute for Community Health Promotion, Center for Health and Social Research. He received a BA/MA in Economics, an MA in Geography, and a PhD in Geography from the University at Buffalo, the State University of... Read More →

Robert Fanuzzi

Associate Provost, Civic Engagement, St. John's University Staten Island Campus

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