October 2021

CUMU Updates & News

Fall 2021 Learning & Sharing Virtual Series kicks off today

Beginning today and ending December 14, CUMU members are invited to participate—at no cost—in nearly 50 sessions on today's most pressing issues all connecting to our collective roles as anchor institutions. The virtual series focuses on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action during one of the most critical and challenging times of our lifetimes.

Today's sessions, 2–3 p.m. ET


CUMU partners with federal leaders to build partnerships with higher education institutions

CUMU recently hosted two webinars featuring leaders from the U.S. Senate and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • The role of higher education anchors in supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs
    Presented by: Kylie Patterson, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Aligning the urban mission of higher education institutions with HUD priorities in the Biden Administration
    Presented by: Michele Perez, HUD


CUMU joins national effort to engage college students in Civic Learning and Democracy Engagement

CUMU recently joined forces with dozens of higher education and student success organizations to announce a shared commitment to make “Democracy Learning a Top Priority for Postsecondary Education.”

“Civic engagement is at the core of CUMU’s mission and our work,” said CUMU Executive Director Bobbie Laur. “CUMU members are committed to educating students to understand the importance of civic engagement by citizens and the importance of America’s cities to the nation’s future.”


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News from the CUMU Membership

Graduates of Cal State LA’s pioneering prison degree program celebrate earning their bachelor’s degrees. (Credit: Robert Huskey/Cal State LA)

Incarcerated students earn Cal State LA degrees at first-of-its-kind commencement in a California state prison

“Today, an education to me, means freedom, redemption, and opportunity,” graduate Dara Yin said during his student address at the ceremony. “The freedom to create better lives. A redeeming quality in the sense that we can step out of an identity that was destructive and into the person our mothers always meant for us to be. The opportunity to show that we are not our worst decisions, that we crave to be a part of the larger society so that we can put to use our unique combination of lived experience and education.”


More CUMU member news

Metropolitan Universities Journal

 Recently published articles

Calls for manuscripts

Metropolitan Universities journal accepts manuscripts on an ongoing basis. Manuscripts should reinforce the value of place-based institutions and illuminate our collective work of supporting the changing needs of our students, institutions, and cities.


Have an opportunity to share? Let us know and we'll feature it here.

Calls and Grants

Request for program reviewers

The Center for Community Engaged Learning at Weber State University is undergoing a program review during the 2021/2022 academic year and is seeking members who routinely do such reviews. Please email information to Becky Jo Gesteland.

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