The symposium Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: Reimagining the University/City Connection 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. Our expert panelists from top institutions will discuss how universities integrate research, policy, and practice in building social justice and community development initiatives, the incentives and motivations that can be shared for engaging faculty and staff, and the frameworks universities incorporate to enact change and revitalize neighborhoods.

Rutgers Camden: Online Video
Video Stream – 2017-03-28 Reimagining the University-City Connection



Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.,
Chancellor, Rutgers-Camden

Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon is respected nationally as a constitutional scholar and a leader in higher education for her commitment to affordability and access. Since joining Rutgers University–Camden, Haddon has established Rutgers as a crucial partner in the collaborative Camden Rising movement that is reinvigorating the City of Camden and the Delaware Valley. Under her leadership, Rutgers University–Camden launched the Bridging the Gap program, an innovative national model for college access and degree completion and is advancing the goals of the campus strategic plan that was created upon Haddon’s arrival. She previously served as dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. An accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, she is the co-author of two casebooks in those fields and has written numerous scholarly articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom and diversity.
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Nancy Cantor, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers-Newark

Nancy Cantor, Ph.D., is Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, a diverse, urban, public research university. A distinguished leader in higher education, she is 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. Having led a highly inclusive and democratic strategic visioning process at Rutgers University–Newark in her inaugural year, she is now leading implementation of the institution’s first strategic plan, which is designed to leverage the university’s many strengths, particularly its exceptional diversity, tradition of high-impact research, and role as an anchor institution in Greater Newark.
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Gregory M. Anderson, Ph.D.
Dean, College 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, 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.
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Ira Harkavy, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Director, Netter Center for Community
Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania

Ira Harkavy, Ph.D., is Associate Vice President and founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. As Director of the Netter Center since 1992, Dr. 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.
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Donald A. Borden
President, Camden County College

Donald A. Borden assumed the Presidency of Camden County College on July 6, 2016. Previously, as superintendent of the Audubon Public School District, he had an entrepreneurial approach to leadership that led to creating partnerships with a number of organizations that increased the district’s revenue. He also reorganized the district which led to greater fiscal efficiency and improvement of the delivery of support services while maintaining research based class sizes.
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