Netter Center 25th Anniversary Conference: ‘Higher Education Community Partnerships for Democracy and Social Change’

Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820
Monday, November 13, 2017


The Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania will host a two-day conference on “Higher Education-Community Partnerships for Democracy and Social Change.” Keynotes and panels will address university-community–school partnerships; anchor institutions; community-based engagement addressing health, arts and culture, humanities and liberal arts, STEM and sports and health; leadership; college access; and race, class and poverty.


Highlighting its 25th anniversary, the Netter Center will welcome 550 participants and more than 100 experts. The Netter Center is widely recognized as a model for how colleges and universities can connect with their surrounding communities through academically-based service learning, research partnerships and community engagement.


The event also includes an awards luncheon celebrating leaders in community engagement. Awardees are:

·     Ahmed Bawa, CEO, Universities South Africa - Tranformative Leadership Award

·     Robert W. Bogle, the chairman, president and CEO, The Philadelphia Tribune, - the Distinguished Civic Partner Award

·     Nancy Cantor, chancellor,  Rutgers University-Newark - the National Civic and Community Engagement Award

·     Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Levy Institute Research Professor, Bard College and Distinguished Fellow, Bard Prison Initiative - Lee Benson Activist Scholar Award

·     Eduardo Padrón, president, Miami-Dade College - Lifetime Achievement Award

·     Michael Zuckerman, professor emeritus of history, University of Pennsylvania – Benjamin Franklin Award

The full conference schedule is available here.


Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

3417 Spruce St.


Conference: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 16-17

                     Awards Luncheon: Thursday, Nov. 16, 12:15-2 p.m.