2017 Keynote Speaker

Deborah Diamond, Ph.D.
President, Campus Philly

Presentation Topic and Abstract: 

Mirrors into Windows: Off Campus Experiences Enrich Students' Education

Deborah will share how integrating place-based experiences into students’ education deepens their college experience, prepares them for the workforce and has positive outcomes for the cities and towns where students attend school. Through research Campus Philly has conducted, Deborah will describe how Campus Philly develops these off-campus experiences, engages students in them, and assesses their impact on students and the region. Campus Philly is a unique off-campus student engagement organization whose mission is to help students leverage Philadelphia as part of their college experience. 

About Deborah Diamond

Deborah joined Campus Philly in 2010 as president.  She began her career as a college professor, teaching political philosophy at Columbia University and Bryn Mawr College. But after falling in love with Philadelphia as a place to live, she shifted focus, launching a career in market research and joining Visit Philadelphia as their first director of research and strategy. Deborah holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  She serves on the Executive Board of the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association, the board of overseers of the Jewish Grad Network of Greater Philadelphia, and the board of the Home and School Association of Science Leadership Academy.