Opening Keynote speaker Byron P. White – Community-Driven Engagement: Discovering Assets Where They Aren’t Supposed to Be. Dr. White will talk about the value of using an asset-based approach for higher education community engagement. He will draw upon his work in both higher education and collaborative community settings to offer ways to change the dynamic for greater impact.

Dr. White serves as KnowledgeWorks Vice President and Executive Director of the StrivePartnership. Most recently, Byron was Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University with responsibilities for oversight and strategic development for the University’s civic engagement, workplace engagement and inlusion & multicultural engagement. Prior to that, he was a Vice Chancellor for Economonic Advancement at the Ohio Board of Regents and Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University.