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The Urban Union Community of Practice represents the many institutional and associate members whose institutions are situated in an urban area, where the context of their surrounding city informs efforts to build campus community.  This community of practice is centered around educational programs and opportunities, focusing on the urban campus and union experience, and producing scholarship to match the growing scholarship across many fields focused on the urban experience. We intend to continue to tell the college union story, in particular how the college union idea plays out on busy city streets, bustling public transit, and urban design and city planning.  We intend to collaborate and partner across ACUI and beyond ACUI to better serve our member institutions, but also to better serve ACUI and to help bring a new understanding to this unique segment of college unions.

The Urban Union Community of Practice, borrowing from the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, defines an urban campus (and its associated urban union or campus center activities) as follows: 

  • Located in a metropolitan area with a population of 450,000 or greater (USU)
  • Serving the region not only by providing an educated citizenry and workforce, but also as a cultural and intellectual resource (CUMU)
  • Supporting civic engagement and service learning opportunities in the city through both the institutional and union mission

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Happy Summer...and getting ready for the start of the fall semester!
Hello and good day Urban Unions community members.  I hope you are having a wonderful summer and getting ramped up for the start of the fall semester, trimester or quarter.   We haven't done a whole lot of anything this ...
Posted on 7/19/2016 10:37 AM
Welcome to NOLA! Community updates from the conference.
Hi and good morning.  I hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference in New Orleans this week and have some info for you as you make your way to and through the conference program. There is a ...
Posted on 3/20/2016 10:41 AM
Happy February - Let's ramp up for Annual Conference!
Hello and good afternoon Urban CoP members   As we get ready for the Annual conference, I want to ask for your help in generating talking points for the community meeting.  The meeting is scheduled for 2 45PM on Tuesday ...
Posted on 2/3/2016 1:48 PM
Hello and Happy January!
Hello and good January to you Urban COP members I'm interested in hearing about conversation topics, issues, concerns, or questions that we can share with the group as well as conversation ideas for our meeting at the Annual Conference. I also ...
Posted on 1/12/2016 8:27 AM
First post and welcome to the COP!
Hello and welcome to the Urban Unions COP.  Over the next few weeks and months we'll be populating this forum with data and information related to Urban Unions and we'd like you to do the same.  If you have thoughts, ...
Posted on 10/15/2015 7:14 PM
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