Conference Presentations

Project Safe Semester
This session will present how re-framing an issue through effective town and gown collaborations has set the scene for a positive late night experience in Guelph.
Promoting Social Justice through Community and Government Relations Activities
This session explores several community and government relations initiatives undertaken by The University of Scranton to promote social justice in the areas of proverty and migration.
Relationships, Requirements, and Response Protocols: Addressing and Maintaining High Standards for Off-Campus Student Housing
This program will consider several innovative solutions to addressing and maintaining high standards related to off-campus student housing.
Removing Blinders Cultivating Communities: ASU
Learn about the partnerships and initiatives used to improve town-gown relations between Arizona State University and the City of Tempe.
Results of a PLCB Town-Gown Project
Learn how four communities and their campuses have embarked on a 9 month pilot project to develop strategic plans related to reducing alcohol and related problems utilizing a Hub and Spoke Model.
Rutgers Day-Building Community Through A Large Scale Outreach Event
In this session, we will discuss how Rutgers day was conceived, how 'buy-in' was created both within the university and with our local community, an overview of implementation, and outcomes of the event.
Sewanee: The University of the South-Creating a Vision and Action Plan for Practical Change in a Rural College Town
Learn how you can create an asset for your institution that is committed to future success for all stakeholders. Identify near, mid, and long-term steps to create an action plan to guide the evolution of your town/gown into a vibrant, active community that students and neighbors can enjoy together.
ShareFest: A Year-End and Community-Wide Recycling Event
ShareFest was founded to collect the reusable items. It is a donation drive and nonprofit sponsored by the City of Oxford, Ohio and Miami University. ShareFest helps individuals in need by providing them with access to furniture, household goods, clothing and food recycled by university students and community residents.
Significant Findings in Campus-Community Engagement: Community Partner Perspective
Read about the scholarship of community engagement and the common indicators for civic initiatives between institutions of higher education and their community organization partners.
Sleeping With an Elephant: Manuevering Town-Gown Relations in a Small Town: Miami University; Oxford, Ohio
A presentation addressing town-gown issues in a small college town.
So You Got a Ticket? Changing the Contact With Student’s Court Mandate Community Service
The University of Colorado Boulder and Boulder Municipal Court created a partnership in which we educate, support, and train students through a restorative and community centered approach to handle students’ Municipal Court violations. Presenters will talk through how the partnerships have been developed and answer questions on how to get them started and sustained.
Social Media and Authentic Storytelling
A look at how and why The George Washington University uses social media.
St Ignatius Loved The Cities: Community Relations as Core Mission at Jesuit Colleges & Universities
How and why Jesuit Colleges & Universities strive to maintain great community relations.
Starting a Start-up with Campus Community Leadership
How can you support a combinded community of entrepreneurs and encourage students to start and grow their business in town? Tom Schryver and Gary Stewart will relay lessons learned from Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a partnership between Cornell, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College in downtown Ithaca, NY.
State Legislative Developments on Campus Sexual Violence: Issues in the Context of Safety
The first in a series jointly released by NASPA and ECS, this publication looks at recent state legislation on campus sexual violence.
Stockton empire: Island Campus marks university's biggest conquest
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey recently bought a closed casino in nearby Atlantic City and plans to open an Island Campus to remake Atlantic City. This article included some of the pros and cons, assets and challenges the college and neighborhood might face.
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Community- based Planning for Success
This session features a presentation and Q and A session with two industry-leading experts in developing and implementing innovative community-based planning practices in a variety of sectors, including higher education, public K-12 systems, independent and charter schools, local government, and non-profits.
Student Community Education; the English Way
The presentation will explore the pro-active work of both Universities, the response to complaints including the disciplinary procedures and what partnership work is being developed for the future.
Student Neighborhood Assistance Program (SNAP)
Learn about SNAP, a service coordinated by Off Campus Student Life at Georgetown University to enhance safety, assist students, and respond to neighborhood concerns about student conduct off campus.
Student Run Business as Economic Engine in Community
Attendees will understand how to engage undergraduate students in economic development initiatives and help city officials see the potential students can have on long-term community success.
Student Volunteers: University of Virginia
Improving relations through student involvement in the community.
Studentification National HMO Lobby
Learn more about studentification (a term coined by Darren Smith in 2002) and the result of demographic imbalance in neighbourhoods in the UK.
Studentification: The Core And / Or Root Issue In Town And Gown Relations?
The term ‘studentification,’ defined by Smith (1999) as the urban changes tied to high concentrations of student populations in distinct neighbourhoods, is slowly gaining wider usage across North America. Presenters explore some of the studentification trends in North American contexts and the ways that universities have engaged in the studentification process.
Sustainability Theory and Practice: Partnering with DC Water to Pilot a Sustainability Course
This partnership offers a model for universities to deepen their sustainability commitments, strengthen community partnerships, and provide experiential learning opportunities for students.
Takin’ it to the Streets: Innovative University-Town Police Collaboration to Better Neighbor Relations
A new, innovative collaboration between Amherst Police and UMass Amherst External Relations seeks to improve town-gown and neighborhood communication and relations under a community policing philosophy, which emphasizes community engagement, partnerships and a problem-solving approach.
Taking The Housing Leap: Sharing The Experience Of Our Aspiration To Improve Student Housing By Being Part Of The Market – A University Run Lettings Agency
This presentation provides a summary of key issues affecting Nottingham’s student accommodation sector.
Targeting Area Graffiti (T.A.G.) Team: Strategies to Effectively Address Graffiti in Athens, Ohio
Over the past two years the T.A.G. team has significantly reduced graffiti within the city. T.A.G. accomplishes its efforts largely through the work of student volunteers from Ohio University which provide an excellent opportunity for to develop their skills as active citizens while meeting this community need. Please join us to learn more about the accomplishments of T.A.G. in Athens, Ohio and how you might develop a similar effort in your community.
Telling Scranton’s Story: Partnering with Faculty & Students on Multi-Media Projects
This session will detail collaboration between The University of Scranton’s Office of Community and Government Relations and the Department of Communication to tell Scranton’s story in ways that bolster downtown business and neighborhood park revitalization efforts.
Ten Proven Strategies for Creating Vibrant College Towns: RCLCO
Understanding college town retail through a public/private lens-an excellent RCLCO presentation.
The Amherst Business Improvement Distric: How an Economic Development Tool Improved Town Gown Relations
Learn how to engage institutional stakeholders in the creation of a BID and how BIDs can engage disparate constituencies to improve town/gown interaction.
The Campustown Renaissance: A Town and Gown Partnership to Revitalize Ames' Student Business District
Due to unprecedented development in the district over the last two years, Campustown is currently in a transformative mode with millions of dollars in private development, a new facade grant program funded and administered by the City of Ames, and new initiatives in the district, led by CAA, a non- profit organization funded in part by ISU and the City of Ames.
The Canterbury (UK) Street Marshal Scheme: keeping students safe and communities engaged
The session highlights the Canterbury Street Marshal Scheme, a joint initiative between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent that sees trained Marshals patrolling areas of high student footfall to keep students safe while they move around key areas of the city, and quiet as they transit residential neighbourhoods.
The Collegiate Visitor Center: Serving the Greater Region, Facilitating Partnerships in and around the Community
Learn and share how a collegiate visitor center can contribute to the goals of the institution and the community through the programs and services it offers and the variety of constituents it serves.
The Community Engagement Office: Enhancing and Expanding Engagement through a Town-Gown Partnership
Gain insights from the partnership formed between the Pennsylvania State University and Borough of State College and how this partnership resulted in a Community Engagement Office
The CU WaterDrop Project
A student led initiative to change the drinking culture at Clemson University.
The Economics of Collaboration: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities in a College Town Environment
Learn about the prospects for collaboration in a small city campus.
The Educated Renter Certificate Program
The Educated Renter Certificate Program. Presenter: Kimberly Espino, Off-Campus Coordinator, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The Great British Approach: Supporting The Transition From Halls 2 Home, A UK Flagship Programme For Managing Off Campus Issues, Against An Integrated Neighbourhood Model
Based in Manchester, England, MSH is a free, university-run housing service for students. Attendees will learn how Manchester has paved the way for best practice in the area of off campus management via the development of a student strategy partnership.
The Great British Approach-Sharing Best Practice in Off-Campus Housing Areas: Where Town Meets Gown
This session will enable delegates to learn more about the unique ways the UK institutions are responding to the impacts on neighborhoods where students have a strong presence.
The Impact of Campus Misbehavior Related to Athletic Events: WVU, City of Morgantown
Colleges and universities across the country, as well as their home communities, have struggled with both the management and prevention of campus misbehavior related to athletic events. This presentation highlights strategies and tools to address this behavior.
The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program
This presentation includes Information on Ohio State University's Off-Campus Housing Excellence program and its formation.
The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program: Our Story
In this session, Ohio State’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services will tell the story of an unique approach to partnering with stakeholders from across the university and city to enhance the safety, security and sustainability of students’ lives off-campus through the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program.
The Point at Otterbein University: An Innovation Collaboration Between Private Higher Education, Community and Business
The Point is a catalyst for growth—for Otterbein, the City of Westerville and surrounding area. The Point came about by public officials at all levels of government, local business and community leaders, and creative faculty and students working together. As a result, we are preparing our students for success in a new economy and modeling collaboration for community impact.
The Role of Universities as Anchor Institutions: A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities: Beginning with a discussion of national best practices and the idea of an "anchor mission," this panel presentation will then delve into two case studies: The City of Baltimore, Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University and the City of Ogden, and Weber State University.
The RWU Community Partnership Center: Nexus of Community/Academic Collaboration
In 2010, RWU established the Community Partnerships Center (CPC), a nexus for community-engaged, project-based learning. Attend this session and learn how to better understand and connect with local government agencies and elected officials on projects of shared interest.
The Sociable City
Learn the latest research on male-on-male and male-on female aggression in nightlife venues, the impact of "pre-loading" and how the nightlife industry is an important partner in prevention.
The Ten Commandments of Town Gown Relationships How University Presidents and City Managers View their Leadership Roles
Four university presidents and four city administrators participated in a semi-structured interview focusing on the ways that campus and community leaders impact town-gown relationships. The commandments underscore the central belief that town-gown relationships can and should be mutually beneficial, an outcome that is assured only when leaders treat each other as equal partners.
The Town-Gown Awards: Celebrating and Educating
Cornell University’s annual Town-Gown Awards honor five town-gown partnerships, and recognize community leaders who are leaving high-profile appointed or elected service. Over the years, it has touched on town-gown-related tourism, business, housing, planning, equity, inclusion, safety, shared values, off-campus partying, food security, and public service.
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