Community in Times of Crisis: Perspectives from Anchor Institutions during COVID-19

May 19, 2020
Online, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET


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The bold and timely measures taken by colleges and universities to stem the spread of the coronavirus outbreak reflected deep commitments to student well-being and also to serving the communities in which they are situated. As higher education continues to grapple with a new normal, campus engagement with local, national, and global communities will be crucial to determining the path forward. Moderated by AAC&U president, Lynn Pasquerella, this webinar will engage campus and national leaders in a virtual roundtable discussion around what it means to be an anchor institution in challenging times.

The panel will be followed by a post-webinar discussion with higher education experts and leaders of the Rah Rah team exploring the use of technology to enhance, measure, and scale campus community and engagement in order to enable colleges and universities to navigate and ultimately thrive in a period of heightened uncertainty.



Lynn Pasquerella





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Rutgers University—Newark




laurieleshin.pngLaurie Leshin
Worcester Polytechnic Institute



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Tuskegee University




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President (Retired)
Greenfield Community College 




Post-Webinar Discussion: Tools for Enhancing, Scaling, and Measuring Campus Community Building and Engagement

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Andrew Flagel 

Vice President 

Advancement and Member Engagement 









Scott Mangino

Head of Product 

Rah Rah









Cooper Jones

Co-Founder and CEO 

Rah Rah







About Rah Rah
Rah Rah is building the first-of-its-kind Community Engagement System. The system unlocks the power of community, resources, and services for prospective students, enrolled students, faculty/employees, alumni and the broader community in both an online and on-campus environment. The company has spent the past two years building, testing, and validating its software on a diverse set of campuses. The New York–based company is funded and supported by Peoplesoft Founder and Workday co-founder, Dave Duffield.