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Published on Nov 3, 2016
Rita Axelroth Hodges is Assistant Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she supports all aspects of the Netter Center’s mission and operations as a university-wide center since 1992 that works to improve the quality of life in Penn’s local community of West Philadelphia while simultaneously advancing research, teaching, learning, and service at the University. She will present on the work of the Netter Center and other aspects of Penn's anchor activity, as well as research from her book (co-authored with Steve Dubb in 2012), The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads, which explores the role of colleges and universities as anchor institutions, drawing upon 10 diverse case studies. She will also speak on the work of the Anchor Institutions Task Force (directed by David Maurrasse, President of Marga Inc., and chaired by Ira Harkavy, Director of the Netter Center), which serves as an important voice for increasing the engagement of anchor institutions in their localities and regions in the U.S. and around the world.