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Monday, October 21 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Defining Local: Approaches to Institutional Impact and Measurement

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Institutions of higher education have vast potential to affect the vitality of the local communities in which they are embedded by applying all their capacities to that end in line with the Anchor Mission. Anchors intentionally apply their institutional effort to this end with varied approaches, and with varied results which are often geographically uneven. Defining the target of local institutional effort presents substantial challenges for institutions in focusing resources to do the most good, navigating relationships with the broader community (especially those left out geographically), measuring that effort and the associated outcomes, among other things.

Five institutions involved in the Anchor Learning Network (ALN) will discuss their approaches to defining local and provide insights into the implications of these decisions on institutional strategy and measurable impact. Their approaches have varied, with some having well established local target geographies when beginning Anchor work while others with more complex situations (and multiple physical locations) have had to approach this decision differently.

A moderated panel discussion with representatives from these five institutions will address relevant topic areas on defining local and aligning measurement and strategy, including:
  • The internal process for defining a local target area
  • Aligning institutional assets to the needs of marginalized communities (and how to handle those excluded from this local definition)
  • Considerations for adaptations or flexibility in defining this area between different efforts within an institution
  • Communication, both internally and externally, about the local target area
  • How defining local can lead to greater collective impacts and policy initiatives

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Lorna Schwartzentruber

Associate Director Access Programs and Community Engagement, York University
Lorna Schwartzentruber is the Associate Director of Access Programs and Community Engagement in the Office of the Vice-Provost Academic at York University, supporting York’s commitment to build a more engaged university. Prior to that she was Manager of the York-TD Community Engagement... Read More →
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Aloha Balza

Community Engagement Coordinator, Florida Atlantic University
Aloha Balza is the Coordinator of the Office of Community Engagement at Florida Atlantic University. Under the guidance of the Executive Director, she assists with the development and management of strategies and policies related to the institution’s community engaged programs... Read More →

Karl Guenther

Community Development Specialist, University of Missouri St. Louis

Ellen Szarleta

Director, CURE, IU Northwest
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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 →

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