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Rita A. Hodges

Associate Director

Rita A. Hodges is an associate director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. Hodges oversees the Netter Center’s development and alumni relation activities and advances its regional, national and global outreach. She serves as Executive Secretary for the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, which works in collaboration with the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States, and the International Association of Universities, as well as supervises the staff of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND), a network of over 25 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region. Hodges also oversees internal administrative operations of the Netter Center and staff development. Her writing and doctoral research focus on the democratic engagement of colleges and universities as anchor institutions. Hodges has co-authored two books: The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads (2012, with Steve Dubb); and Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century (2017, with Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, John Puckett, Matthew Hartley, Francis E. Johnston, and Joann Weeks). Hodges received her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Master’s of Science in Education from Penn's Graduate School of Education, and is pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Higher Education at Penn’s Graduate School of Education.