On March 23rd at 5pm EST, Matthew Porter, HxA Graduate Affiliate and PhD Student, Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, led this one-hour imagination session aimed at re-envisioning the future of the academic institution in the wake of volatile campus climates, spurious curriculums, and the generally tenuous job market. Graduate Affiliates were invited to join this conversation to work through visions of what the academy would look like with open engagement (i.e., heterodox values) and collaboration as its center and how higher ed can operate beyond its siloed, elite traditions. Together, Matthew hoped to rethink questions concerning what the role of the university ought to be, how scholars can contribute to the betterment of their local communities, and, more broadly, the future of higher education.