Imagining Community in 2030: An Obermann Conversation

Feb 19, 2024

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, A, B, & C

123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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What will our community be like in 2030? How are local nonprofits shaping the Iowa City area, and what are their visions for the future? How can we break down the silos of “city” and “neighborhood” to create a better and more unified place for everyone? In this Obermann Conversation, UI faculty and local nonprofit leaders will discuss how we can harness the collective impact model to create a more equitable community. The collective impact model is a community-building strategy involving a network of community members, organizations, and institutions who advance equity by learning together and aligning their actions. Panelists will also highlight the role of the University of Iowa in this initiative.


  • Nick Benson, Executive Director, University of Iowa Office of Community Engagement
  • Cady Gerlach, Executive Director, Better Together 2030
  • Paola Jaramillo Guayara, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator, Johnson County Board of Supervisors Office
  • Rachel Young, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library.

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