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HUD No. 22-207
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
For Release
October 6, 2022

HUD, Campus Compact to Partner to Strengthen Higher Education Community Action

New HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network will build opportunities for campuses to partner with HUD Field Offices & initiatives

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Campus Compact today announced a new higher education-focused collaboration, the HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network ( The Network, which will be led by Campus Compact in partnership with the Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF), the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), and the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), will focus on strengthening connections and collaborations between higher education institutions and the 64 HUD field offices located throughout the country.

"We are thrilled to partner with Campus Compact on this initiative," said Michele Perez, HUD's Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management. "Under the leadership of Secretary Fudge, HUD is committed to increasing equity and improving customer service in the delivery of our programs and fulfillment of our mission. This partnership will bolster HUD's and the members of the Higher Ed Engagement Network's ability to serve our most vulnerable populations through the higher education space. Together, we will leverage our strong connections in our respective industries to enable a just, equitable, and sustainable future."

Areas of focus for the Network will include worker empowerment, maternal and infant health, eviction prevention, landlord outreach, housing security and access, broadband access and digital literacy, and cultural competency.

"We are proud to launch this effort, which will revitalize the historically vital partnership between HUD and higher education," said Bobbie Laur, Campus Compact president. "Campus Compact along with our partners at CUMU, AITF, and UEDA have long championed the impact publicly-engaged higher education institutions can make through equity-driven community, economic, and civic engagement. Through this partnership, we will demonstrate the positive change that can occur when higher education takes concrete steps to address critical issues threatening communities."

Network activities will be led by the HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Think Tank, which is composed of 30 strategic leaders with broad experience across higher education in the areas of, community engagement, economic development, and public policy. The Think Tank will collaborate with HUD experts and leaders to develop ideas and resources for campuses to engage with HUD field offices and initiatives at the local level. Think Tank members are listed below.

The resources identified by the Think Tank will be disseminated to members of the HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network, which will include a diverse group of higher education leaders and institutions from across the country. These institutions will put Think Tank plans into action on the ground with the goal of building inclusive, sustainable, and thriving communities through increased civic and community engagement. Membership in the network is free and open to all U.S. based higher-education institutions and their administrators, faculty, and staff. Compact, AITF, CUMU, and UEDA will engage Network members through training, technical assistance, and other resources.

Learn more and sign up at

Think Tank members:

  • Reginald Blaylock
    Presidential Associate for Community, Campus Partnerships and Student Experience, CalPoly Pomona
  • Gary Brown
    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
    Elizabeth City State University
  • Mary Jo Callan
    Vice President for Community Engagement and Executive Director, Swearer Center for Public Service
    Brown University
  • Monica Chavez-Silva
    Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Planning
    Grinnell College
  • Kathleen Frank
    Program Manager, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Economic Policy Institute, Center for American Indian Economic Development
    Northern Arizona University
  • William Generett
    Senior Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Relations
    Duquesne University
  • Azuri L. Gonzalez
    Executive Director, Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities
    UT Regents' Distinguished Director, Diana Natalicio Institute for Hispanic Student Success
    The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Jacen Greene
    Co-founder and Assistant Director, Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative
    Portland State University
  • Joanne Ferroni
    Director, University and Community Partnerships
    Drexel University
  • Brian Love
    Executive Director of Career Pathways Initiative and Service-Learning Program
    Benedict College
  • Laura Martin
    Associate Director, McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement
    University of Mississippi
  • Chris Nayve
    Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Anchor Initiatives
    University of San Diego
  • Holly Nelson
    Executive Dean for Regional Education and Academic Development
    Chemeketa Community College
  • David Potash
    Wilbur Wright College
  • Paul Pribbenow
    Augsburg University
  • John A. Provo
    Director, Center for Economic and Community Engagement, Outreach and International Affairs
    Virginia Tech
  • Amber Randolph
    Senior Vice President for Administration and Economic Development and CFO
    Rutgers University-Newark
  • Charles Rutheiser
    Senior Program Officer
    Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Thomas Quinn
    Kirtland Community College
  • Tony Sorrentino
    Assistant Vice President
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Sharon Sutton
    Distinguished Visiting Professor, Architecture
    The New School-Parsons
  • Lydia Stazen
    Executive Director, leads the Institute of Global Homelessness
    DePaul University & DePaul International
  • Lenore VanderZee
    Executive Director for University Relations
    SUNY Canton
  • Josh Vanek
    Executive Director
    Montana Campus Compact
  • Mary Ann Villarreal
    Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    University of Utah
  • Andy Walker
    Executive Director, Office of Economic, Civic & Community Engagement
    Allegheny College


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