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Urban Universities + Thriving Communities

Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish.

When urban-serving universities and communities join forces, we can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic and human development in order to:

  • Prepare an increasingly diverse workforce to successfully navigate careers  
    through technological, economic and social change. 

  • Assess, treat and prevent urban health risks for increasingly diverse populations. 

  • Create sustainable solutions for continued and inclusive growth that improve the quality of life in our communities. 

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


Registration is now closed as the event has reached capacity.

Date and Location

Jan. 28, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST
Ohio Union
Columbus, Ohio

Keynote speakers include

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



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Urban Universities + Thriving Communities

Jan. 28, 2020
Ohio Union