Certificate in Town-Gown Relations - Level 1

The Level 1 Certificate Program modules provide a foundation for understanding the issues that strain town-gown relations and evidenced-based practices for improving the quality of life in campus communities. Registrants must take Level 1 prior to taking Level 2. Modules are offered at the 2017 ITGA Conference in Eugene, Oregon, Tuesday, May 30, from 8:00-4:30. Modules and instructors are subject to change. 

Understanding Campus and Community Relationships: Towards Active Engagement in Town-Gown Relations

Colleges and universities are in the midst of major transformations that will redefine relationships with the broader community. As such, this module focuses on the important role that universities/college administrations, student governments and faculty play in the research and scholarship of engaging community partners for revitalization of communities, in terms of repairing or strengthening the relations between town and gown. This module covers the changing nature of the teaching and learning function within the university or college and the important role that both university and civic leaders can play in building and maintaining a healthy partnership with local residents, institutions and community groups. A typology, case studies, and assessment tools highlighting the various types of relationships that exist in town and gown relationships will be developed, including community-based teaching and research, the social, economic, and research potential that can be developed in these places, and the changing nature of the university-community relationship that is emerging around North America will be introduced in this module. Join instructor Michael FoxPh.D., and gain a better under-standing of the purpose of community engagement and the building process for an optimal relationship between the university and the larger community. 

Fair Share vs Fair Shot: What Should Higher Ed Contribute to Their Communities-What Should Communities Expect?

The number of local government leaders calling on universities to pay their "fair share" has grown as fallout from the recession continues. University officials facing challenging economics and a poor fiscal outlook believe they are fulfilling their civic responsibility by educating the next generation-giving students their "fair shot." Join instructor Sally Weinbrom Kram, JD, and learn how town and gown can work together to reach a "fair deal." 

Preparing for the Future (Instead of the Past): Integrating Town and Gown Transportation Planning  

For much of the 20th Century, transportation planning was supply oriented, focusing on building infrastructure to meet the steadily growing demand for travel by automobile. Trends are unfolding and several significant shifts are becoming obvious. This module, taught by Don Bryson, PE, will help participants recognize the significant changes and opportunities in the arena of transportation planning and to identify potential collaborative "town-gown solutions." 

On and Off Campus Law Enforcement: How We Are Different but Yet the Same

College towns across the US have implemented a number of incentives to promote public safety on and off campus. This module, taught by Chief Jimmy Dixon, City of Clemson, covers both the political and financial hurdles, as well as the opportunities and challenges involving public safety. Recommended practices involving crime prevention efforts will be discussed along with practical applications for incorporating strategies into daily operations for universities, cities, neighborhoods and business corridors. 

Bringing Theory to Practice-A Strategic Approach to Reduce High Risk Drinking in College Towns

Effective prevention of alcohol related problems is simple in theory, but often difficult in practice. Environmental management strategies have gained support for their demonstrated effectiveness in reducing high-risk drinking on college campuses. These approaches address risk factors unique to campus and community settings.  With economic downturns, campuses and municipalities are having to pare down resources and staffing, are relapsing into non-evidence based educational strategies and discarding lessons learned about effective environmental management approaches. In addition, many struggle with the application of best practices and theoretical approaches to day-to-day work where town gown relationships are often strained. Communities and universities have their own unique personalities, with varying levels of understanding and readiness to address key problems, however, all coalitions must deal with personalities, organizational mission, mission creep, and keeping positive momentum. Join instructor Sally LinowskiPh.D., and learn about prevention programs and strategies using a research-based "3-in-1 Framework" to address substance use targeting individuals, the student population as a whole, and the college and surrounding community.   

Building a Strong City University Partnership

Cities where university students comprise a significant percent of the population face special issues. Quality of life issues like noise, over occupancy, parking, excessive littering, and alcohol use may create friction between university and city management, as well as student renters and permanent community members. Taught by instructors Susan Stafford, MA, and Jennifer Korbelik, MSW, this module will describe how the City of Boulder and the University of Colorado-Boulder have addressed quality of life issues through changes in city ordnances and in the judicial process. The module will review programs both the city and university have developed to give students a better understanding about the responsibilities of living off campus and becoming community members. Examples include: Restorative justice, community living classes, party registration, move-in workshops, walkabouts, lease disclosure and six-day review. The module will also discuss efforts to minimize the impact of student alcohol use on the community.    

Problem Solving and Integral Thinking

Community stakeholders have different worldviews; and, there is no "right" answer to a complex issue.  Problem-solving involves patience and the ability to step back and see through a lens of multi-valued thinking and perspectives. In this session, instructor Lisa Dvorak will share how knowledge of cultural values can produce creative solutions when navigating the rough waters of town and gown conflicts.

See what graduates are saying about the Certificate program

"The conference was marvelous, and the certificate program was an excellent way to meet people and get valuable face time with the instructors...One thing that many of us agreed on was that spending time with the certificate program students gave us friendly faces to connect with throughout the conference. A number of us socialized or sat together at lunches or in sessions during the rest of the conference and discussed how things we heard tied into what we learned Sunday. Having the program the day before the conference provides excellent context for what comes next."  
"Most of us who work in this field have some expertise in one or a few subject areas but the Certificate Program provides a much larger perspective on the many aspects of town-gown relations. Understanding how 'the parts fit together' provides a greater appreciation for the complexity of town-gown relationships and the greater effectiveness in managing any one or more subject areas." 
"I have learned a great deal, particularly about town-related matters. I am much better positioned to work, supportively, with our coordinator of off-campus relations."

"I am absorbing new facts and ideas that give me a new perspective as I find my place in the community."

"Before taking the certificate program, I would have not considered the role the university/college could play in the community they are situated in. I mainly viewed the university as a separate institution from the town/community."