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Approaching Advancement

Featured Speakers: Amanda Baca and Gavin Luter

Tuesday, January 19, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT

During this deep dive webinar, Amanda Baca and Gavin Luter will give an introduction to working with university advancement. Amanda Baca will begin the presentation with an introduction to the world of university advancement. She will share from past experience working as an university advancement officer assigned to the University of Oregon’s EPIC-N program. Gavin will then describe his experience highlighting a timeline of events and successful steps he suggests other EPIC-N program managers consider.

Participants will leave with:

  • An understanding of how university advancement works
  • A summary of some best practices to employ when approaching advancement offices
  • Examples of how EPIC-N programs can work with advancement to improve organizational sustainability and impact

This webinar will be recorded and published in the EPIC-N Member Commons with resources shared during the presentation.

More about the Featured Speakers

Amanda Baca is a Director of Donor Relations for Major Gifts at Holt International, an NGO working in 14 different countries internationally. Previously, Amanda was the Program Coordinator for the College of Design Office of Development at the University of Oregon. She has years of experience in higher education fundraising, donor and community relations, public speaking, and writing. She has also for years been engaged as a volunteer with several community organizations, especially focusing on the arts, education, and theatre. Amanda’s first career was in theatrical design and dance choreography.

Gavin Luter is the Managing Director of the UniverCity Alliance, a network of leaders at University of Wisconsin-Madison serving as the front door for local governments who want to leverage teaching, research, and service to improve their communities. Gavin’s expertise is in developing and growing university/community partnerships and has created models and frameworks about how to achieve sustainable, equitable, and democratic partnerships. He carries a special interest in K-12 education partnerships, by virtue of him receiving his doctoral degree in Education Administration from University at Buffalo where he ran a university/community/community partnership in the Fruit Belt and Commodore Perry Neighborhoods. He also spent time as the Education Projects Coordinator at United Way of Greater Knoxville after working at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Howard Baker Center for Public Policy as Student Civic Engagement Coordinator.


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