Beyond the Ivory Tower

Beyond the Ivory Tower SeriesABOUT: Beyond the Ivory Tower provides an opportunity for academic and community stakeholders to share experiences and research on how to utilize the assets and overcome challenges of an urban setting to create or enhance mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Advisory Planning Committee devised a two-day program with the objectives to build and strengthen community-university relationships, examine multiple perspectives of community-university relationships, and create/strengthen community-university partnerships.


DATE: June 5-6, 2018
LOCATION: U-M Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48150
REGISTRATION: April 16 – May 18 (*Extended through June 3*)
Conference Program [Digital Link]


Keynote Speaker | Anika Goss-Foster

Anika Goss-Foster is the Executive Director of the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office. In this role, Anika leads a dynamic team of experts to implement the DFC Strategic Framework, the guide to decision-making and investment in Detroit. She also directs all partnerships, project initiatives, investments and funding opportunities for the DFC Implementation Office.

June 5 | Featured Breakout Sessions

  • Best Practices for Creating Mutually Beneficial Partnerships
    Barbara Israel & Angela Reyes
  • Detroit | University of Michigan Partnership on Jobs, People, Places
    Kristen Kerecman, Joshua Rivera, Ashley McLeod, David Williams

June 6 | Lightning Talks

  • Evaluating Success in Community-University Partnerships
    Laurie Lachance & Zachary Rowe
  • Developing & Sustaining Physical Activity Interventions in Urban Communities
    Amy Schultz & Cindy Gamboa
  • Enhancing Capacity of Community-University Development
    Carol Gray & Suzanne Cleage
  • Setting Priorities for Community Health Programs in Minority and Underserved Communities
    Meghan Spiroff & Zachary Rowe
  • Shifting from “Community-placed” to “Community-based” Research to Advance Health Equity: Lessons Learned from the Housing, Heatwaves and Health: Increasing Climate Resiliency in Detroit (HHH) Partnership
    Todd Zielger & Zachary Rowe
  • Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments – Air Quality in Detroit
    Kristina Rice


  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of Michigan
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, University of Michigan
  • Knight Fund at the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan

Past Conference Resources

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