Reimagining the University/City Connection

Posted by Rutgers University on January 23, 2017

Community Leadership Center Lecture Series
Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: Reimagining the University/City Connection

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Rutgers University—Camden Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
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This symposium addresses specific ways in which universities serve as anchors for instigating change in
their local environments and how they partner with school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit
institutions to create a shared vision and mission for rebuilding the urban economy. Join expert panelists from top institutions to learn and discuss the role of how universities engage in community development as a social justice mission to revitalize neighborhoods and communities.

Featuring speakers:
Dr. Gregory M. Anderson
Dean, School of Education, Temple University
Gregory M. Anderson, Ph.D. is a sociologist whose scholarly interests include socio-economic and racial
and ethnic inequality, access to higher education, urban and comparative education and social change and development. Dr. Anderson is on numerous national and regional boards including the Deans for Impact and the Philadelphia Education Fund and is committed to improving the quality of education for all students but with a special focus on children of color from low-income and immigrant backgrounds.

Dr. Nancy Cantor
Chancellor, Rutgers-Newark
Dr. Nancy Cantor is a distinguished leader in higher education, recognized nationally and internationally as an advocate for re-emphasizing the public mission of colleges and universities, both public and private, viewing them not as traditional “ivory towers,” but as anchor institutions that collaborate with partners from all sectors of the economy to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of  discovery, innovation, and social mobility.

Dr. Ira Harkavy
Associate Vice President and Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
As Director of the Netter Center since 1992, Dr. Ira Harkavy has helped to develop academically based community service courses and participatory action research projects that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools in Penn’s local community of West Philadelphia. Dr. Harkavy has written and lectured widely on the history and current practice of urban university-community-school partnerships and strategies for integrating the university missions of research, teaching, learning, and service.

Contact Matthew Closter at or p.856-225-6923

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