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Webinar: Exciting and Effective Community – Higher Education Collaborations

August 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


Universities are looking for new ways to benefit their local communities. Communities are looking for smart solutions to constantly changing problems. Both strive to become more resilient, sustainable, and attractive to future generations. Hear from representatives of the Mayors Innovation Project and the EPIC-Network (EPIC-N) share about a new level of partnership that helps communities realize unimaginable results. Presenters will share anecdotes and ideas that can help inspire change. Come join us and learn how we can all start doing something better today.

The Mayors Innovation Project is a national peer-learning network for mayors and city government leadership. We promote “high-road” policy and governance in cities through equity, sustainability, and efficient democratic government. We provide high-quality peer-learning events, policy research and technical assistance to cities in our network. A key approach in our technical assistance has been applying behavioral science research to concrete challenges faced by member cities. We have found that as governments interact with residents, often through small “nudges,” they can improve outcomes for education, health, equity, the environment, city finances and more. As we work to expand our technical assistance capacity, we hope to engage with more researchers interested in connecting with cities.

EPIC-N is the nonprofit association of institutions that have adopted the award-winning EPIC Model for university-community partnership. The EPIC Model is based on the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program, which began in 2010.  More universities across the country began adaptations of “the Oregon Model” each subsequent year, mostly through an annual training workshop and conference. In 2015, these programs decided to formally call this award-winning university-community partnership model the EPIC Model and declared EPIC-N as the professional network of universities following the key tenets of the EPIC Model.  In 2018, EPIC-N was formally incorporated as a 501c3.

This webinar is organized in collaboration with the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC).

For members: Access webinar recording and presentation materials


Marshall Curry

Marshall Curry, Program Associate, EPIC-N

Marshall Curry joined EPIC-N in September 2017. He manages day-to-day operations, provides support to member programs, board members, and lives in his hometown Springfield, Oregon. He received a MPA and MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon in 2018 and received his BA in Sociology from Willamette University in 2013. During graduate school he worked for the Sustainable Cities Institute and Inflexion, managing programs and assisting executives addressing different aspects of career readiness in higher education and public schools respectively. Prior to graduate school he managed workforce development programs and volunteer operations at Marion-Polk Food Share. His experience supporting nonprofit associations includes: serving on the Ford Scholar Alumni Association (2013-2018) board of directors as Vice President and Member-at-Large, preparing a diversity and inclusion report for the American Society of Association Executives, and volunteering with the alumni association for his alma mater. 

Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers, Chair, EPIC-N / Director, COWS / Faculty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joel Rogers is the Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs COWS, the national high-road strategy center. Rogers has written widely on American politics and democratic theory. Along with many articles, his books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, Cites at Work, and American Society. Joel is an active citizen as well as academic. He has worked with and advised many politicians and social movement leaders, initiated and helped operate several progressive NGOs (including the New Party, Economic Analysis Research Network, Apollo Alliance, Emerald Cities Collaborative, State Innovation Exchange, and the Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities-Network (EPIC-N)). He is a contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.

Ceri Jenkins

Ceri Jenkins, Co-Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project (MIP)

Ceri Jenkins is the Co-Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), a national learning network of mayors based at COWS, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At MIP, Ceri produces bi-annual meetings and policy research on progressive local policies, including city governance innovation, food and health. She also works with networks that connect higher education to city government: UW’s UniverCity Alliance, EPIC-N and MetroLab. Prior to this role, Ceri coordinated the Working Poor Families Project, the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project at UW’s Population Health Institute and served as a Program Officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Debra Rowe

Debra Rowe, Disciplinary Association Network for Sustainability, Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium

Dr. Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development (www.uspartnership.org). The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also co-founder/program director of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, and Senior Advisor to AASHE. She helps higher education faculty and staff, K-12 associations and other private and public institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula and training, research, policy, culture, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships.

Dr. Rowe has been staff consultant for a U.S. Department of Education funded project “Sustainability Improves Student Learning”. Debra has also been professor of energy management and renewable energies for over 35 years at Oakland Community College.
Debra Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications, including the newly released encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability: Vision, Principles and Practices



August 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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