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The Innovating Together Podcast

Welcome to innovating together, a podcast produced by the University Innovation Alliance. This is a podcast for busy people in higher education who are looking for the “aha moments” that can propel their work forward. Innovating Together curates the best insights, research, and experts.

Weekly Wisdom 020 - Alexander Cartwright

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed's Contributing Editor, speak with Dr. Alexander Cartwright, President of the University of Central Florida. As a first-generation college student in his own family, Dr. Cartwright has advocated for student success initiatives, diversity, equity, and higher graduation rates throughout his leadership career. His wisdom, compassion, and calm are truly refreshing. Topics include:

  • Building relationships at a distance as a new leader at U.C.F.
  • Advice for first-generation college students
  • Higher education's transformative role in shaping America's future
  • What servant leadership means
  • A post-pandemic balance between technology and interpersonal relationships

Weekly Wisdom 019 - Kim Wilcox

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Education's Contributing Editor, speak with Dr. Kim Wilcox, Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Since 2013, Dr. Wilcox has overseen record improvements in Pell-eligible student success and the growth of an increasingly diverse faculty. He shares his wisdom about the unknowns and realities of beginning a new academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic. And amid all the uncertainties, he finds plenty of reasons for optimism and inspiration. Topics include:

  • Starting the new academic year with caution
  • Working within the realities of a tight budget
  • Models for decision-making and interaction
  • The power of supportive campus culture
  • Envisioning post-pandemic hybrid models for academics and admin
  • Understanding and celebrating the arc of success stories

Scholarship to Practice 11/18/20 - Sara Goldrick-Rab

Scholarship to Practice 11/18/20

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Director of UIA's Fellows Program and Network Engagement, speak with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of sociology and medicine at Temple University, president and founder of the nonprofit Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, and originator of the #RealCollege movement. She talks to us about the prevalence of food and housing insecurity among the higher ed population, and how schools can address these realities.

Topics include:

  • What food and housing insecurity look like
  • What the #RealCollege movement is about
  • A roadmap for administrators to address students' basic needs
  • Students are humans first

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