Registration is now open for the 2019 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, Deepening Our Roots: Advancing Community Engagement in Higher Education. The conference will be held October 8 and 9, 2019 (Pre-Conference: October 6-7, 2019) at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado.

The conference will take a retrospective look at the driving forces behind public higher education institutions’ “return to their roots” of public trust; share insights into current engagement theories and practices; and provide perspectives on the future and next level of higher education’s engagement with communities.

Keynote speaker on day one will be E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University, and one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders. President Gee served on the original Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities which, in its final report “Returning to our Roots,” called upon public higher education institutions to renew their partnership with society.

On day two the keynote will include a panel to discuss the redevelopment of the 250-acre National Western Center, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center, Colorado State University, and the Western Stock Show Association. Its mission is to convene the world at the National Western Center to lead, inspire, create, educate and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions. The panel will include leadership from CSU’s NWC Campus Initiative, CSU Extension, and community members.