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Urban Universities + Thriving Communities

Thank you to all of our nationally acclaimed speakers, facilitators and incredible attendees who participated in the lively, important and vibrant discussion.

Inspiring outcomes

Educators, industry, nonprofit and community leaders at The Ohio State University gathered to exchange ideas and reinvigorate our collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities.

It was made evidently clear that communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish.

Through thought-provoking presentations by world-renowned speakers and thoughtful discussions, summit attendees learned that when urban-serving universities and communities join forces, we can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic and human development.

We can prepare an increasingly diverse workforce to successfully navigate careers through technological, economic and social change. And together, we can create sustainable solutions for continued and inclusive growth that improve the quality of life in our communities.

Date and location
January 28, 2020
Ohio Union
Columbus, Ohio

administrators, faculty, urbanists, and community members from across the region

Central Ohio community organizations
and #OSU150

top trending hashtags in Columbus and Ohio


I’m proud to work with these partners to move our city forward with equitable solutions to some of our greatest challenges. #thinkbeyond  #osu150

Shayla Favor | Columbus City Council Member | @sdfavor

    Keynote speakers included

    Portrait of Gil Penalosa in front green foliage.

    Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA, PhDhc, CSP

    Founder and Chair,
    8 80 Cities

    World Urban Parks

    Gil Penalosa & Associates

    Portrait of Nancy Zimpher in front of a white studio wall.

    Nancy L. Zimpher, Ph.D.

    Chancellor Emeritus,
    The State University of New York (SUNY)

    Portrait of Darrick Hamilton in front of a white studio wall.

    Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D.

    Executive Director,
    Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

    Professor of Policy,
    Economics and Sociology
    The Ohio State University



    Logo for 150th anniversary of Ohio State

    In honor of our Sesquicentennial, The Ohio State University hosts THINK BEYOND: An Academic Summit Series


    Urban Universities + Thriving Communities

    Jan. 28, 2020
    Ohio Union