Anchor Institutions Task Force

Anchor Institutions Task Force Annual Conference–Early Bird ends Oct 1!

Posted on October 1, 2019

The Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF) will host is 10th Anniversary Conference in New York City, October 24-25, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7thAvenue, New York, NY. As you may know, Ira Harkavy, founding director of the Netter Center is the chair of AITF, which is directed by David Maurrasse.

The conference will begin with an opening session on October 24th at 2:30 pm. On Friday, October 25th, sessions will open at 8:15 am and end at 4:00 pm. The closing reception will take place on October 25th from 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm. The agenda frame is posted on the AITF website . The early bird registration fee is $300 until October 1st. Please reserve your hotel room at the Sheraton New York Times Square at the AITF rate.

During the first day of the conference, we will hold plenary sessions on Education and Economic Development.  Among others, on our Education plenary, we will hear from Sjur Bergan, Head, Dept of Education, The Council of Europe.  Sjur and the Council have been partnering with us to build a network on the local mission of higher education in Europe.  On our Economic Development plenary, we will hear from Jim Harris, President, University of San Diego and other partners in San Diego working to expand moderate income housing – an idea that emerged through an AITF Local Strategic Dialogue.

Some highlights on the second day of the conference include our keynote speech from Andrew Delbanco, President, the Teagle Foundation as well as our Anchor Institutions Community Partnership award to Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark.  We will hold a series of exciting concurrent sessions and hold a dialogue on the future of anchor and community leadership for our luncheon plenary.  The second day will also include our plenary session on Health, which will include, among others, a couple of members of AITF’s Health Professionals Subgroup – Brenda Battle, Vice President for Care Delivery Innovation and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, University of Chicago Medicine and David Perlstein, CEO, SBH.  The subgroup, as indicated in the webinar announcement below, has been addressing how to apply a Social Determinants of Health lens to anchor institution-community partnerships. 


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