Certificate in Town-Gown Relations - Level 1

This interactive session is designed for participants to engage with the instructors and each other in a reflective process of planning for the future in their community. This pre-conference workshop will be offered Sunday, May 19, 8:30am-4:30pm at the 2019 ITGA Conference in State College, PA.   

This program provides a foundation for understanding the complex issues in strengthening or repairing relations in a town and gown community. Cities where university students comprise a significant percent of the population face special issues. Noise, over occupancy, parking, excessive littering, affordable housing, and alcohol use may create friction between university and city management, as well as student renters and permanent community members. These points of conflict can be a symptom of the larger issue of a disconnect between a university and the local government. 

The emergent university-community relationship includes strategic governance, planning, and a teaching and learning function where the university and civic leaders play a significant role in maintaining a healthy partnership with local residents, institutions and community groups. 

Outcomes

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the social, cultural, economic and physical transformations that occur in a community with a college and large off-campus student population
  • Learn how communities have their own unique personalities, with varying levels of understanding and readiness to address key problems such as alcohol and high-risk drinking
  • Learn from experienced practitioners in how effective problem solving, integral thinking and reshaping the environment can produce creative solutions when navigating the rough waters of town and gown conflicts
  • Network with and learn from counterparts in other communities around the world that are working to improve town-gown relations
  • Cultivate professional excellence and opportunities for career advancement
You must have completed Level I before taking Level II.