2018 Conference Call for Proposals

The Ohio State University Office of Student Life, The City of Columbus, Experience Columbus

The 2018 International Town & Gown Association's City & University Relations Conference ™️​
Hosted by The Ohio State University and the City of Columbus, Ohio
Investing in the Future: Town-Gown Relationships and the Future of Our Communities  

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Background and Invitation to Present
The Ohio State University and the City of Columbus are excited to host the 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference™ May 29, 2018 - June 1, 2018.  We are seeking interactive and innovative sessions on topic areas that provide a platform for productive conversations and enhanced learning. Sessions should focus on leading practices around the world as it relates to partnerships and initiatives between university communities and institutions of higher education of all sizes.  

The conference theme is Investing in the Future: Town-Gown Relationships and the Future of our Communities. The Ohio State University and City of Columbus strategically plan for the future of our communities, while utilizing the talents of our university and city stakeholders to meet this vision.  We look forward to showcasing our efforts within town-gown relationships while learning from colleagues across the world.

The conference program tracks are designed to encourage interactive conversations that will inform and inspire the future of our communities. These comprehensive tracks, through classroom and mobile style sessions, will allow for a broad range of discussions to promote intentional efforts supporting economic development, neighborhood revitalization, strategic planning, engagement and the safety and well-being of stakeholders in our communities.  

Presentation Topic Areas

Track 1: PartnershipsInnovative connections leading to dynamic solutions

This track includes programs that can highlight any aspect of town-gown partnerships, including innovative and practical solutions towards building the future of equitable communities.  Partnerships could include topics such as off-campus community programs, educational programs in academic settings that facilitate student transition to off-campus living, technology and commercialization, corporate-university partnerships, partnerships with faith based organizations, internship programs, collaborations with Judicial Affairs/Student Conduct and more.  
Track 2: Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Development: Innovative strategies leading to prepared cities

This track explores many aspects of neighborhood communities and how they are preparing for the future, including economically and socially.  Sessions could include topics such as infrastructure improvements and sustainability, affordable housing for university community members, innovation and entrepreneurship, economic development, equity, tax incentives, the future of transportation, safety initiatives and other ways in which municipalities and universities are working to enhance the quality of life for their residents, retain alumni and attract new residents. 
Track 3: Policy, Law and Governance: Innovative decisions leading to community-based change

This track covers the creation, implementation and/or impact of legal frameworks and policies that impact the future of our universities and communities. Public officials, attorneys, university administrators, policy makers and others are encouraged to share their experience as it relates to compliance issues, crisis management and public relations in the university setting, risk management, impact of local to global legislation on higher education, social justice, student conduct and other important topics. 

Track 4: Emerging Trends and Collaborations: Innovative approaches to hot topics, current events and environmental factors in college communities

This track allows colleagues in emergency management, law enforcement, city planners, university public relations and other fields to discuss emerging trends, environmental and social factors, risk and resiliency. Sessions could include current event topics such as the impact of controversial speakers on campus, immigration, experiences in adapting to our environments, using social media to enhance institutional reputation, strategies addressing alcohol and other drug usage, leading practices across the world, and designing and planning for the future.
Mobile Sessions

Conference attendees from the Columbus community are invited to submit proposals for mobile sessions on the afternoons of Wednesday, May 30, Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1. Mobile sessions offer participants the ability to leave the conference site for unique interactive experiences. Each mobile session will be scheduled for no more than three hours. Transportation and any other costs are the responsibility of the presenters in coordination with the Host Committee. Mobile sessions will be submitted, evaluated and accepted on the same basis as other proposals for concurrent sessions and should address learning objectives and outcomes. These are not meant to be merely campus and/or community tours. Proposals should include a logistics timeline indicating travel time to and from the conference site. Mobile session topics must fit into one of the four tracks.
*If you are unsure what track your proposed classroom or mobile style session would align with best, please feel free to contact Dilnavaz Cama at cama.1@osu.edu.

Suggested Guidelines for a Successful Session

Representative of multiple organizations
Sessions should be representative of town and gown relations, so it is important to include both university and community stakeholder perspectives.
Telling your story
Many times we focus on the “what” without exploring the “how.” We encourage you to share challenges and how you overcame these, as well as any lessons learned throughout the process.
Show your data
Research, data and program evaluation are part of many processes and we are interested to understand this part of your experience. Make sure to share any data/metrics you have, as well as how that has informed your work.
Make it a conversation
Conference presenters can sometimes fall into the routine of lecture-style and/or tour-like presentations that are not always the most engaging for attendees. We want this conference to be an exchange of information, so we encourage you to develop your classroom and/or mobile style session as interactive and conversational as possible.
Submission Requirements
  • Title of innovation or solution
  • Name of contact person and contact information
  • Speaker bio (75 words or less)
  • Track # 
  • Include student enrollment size and population of community
  • Description of the format and outline of the content and key messages
  • Abstract in 75 words or less describing your program session (to be used in the conference program)
  • Learning outcomes
  • Indicate whether this is a mobile session
Presentation Information and Important Dates
  • Time: Sessions are limited to a total of 60 minutes, keeping into account the desire for interactive sessions encouraging attendee participation.  
  • Technology: Rooms are equipped with audio/visual capabilities-projector screens and/or flat screen TVs; and adaptors to connect to any kind of laptop/mobile device. 
  • Proposal Submission Deadlines: You must submit your proposal on or before February 1, 2018.
  • Authors notified of selection: You will be notified on or before March 15, 2018 regarding the status of your proposal.