2020 Conference Certificate Level I

Certficate in Town-Gown Relations
This workshop 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. 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 31, 8:30am-4:00pm at the 2020 ITGA Conference in Boulder, CO.     
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. 


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
See what participants said about this valuable workshop: 
  • "Don't miss out on one of the most welcoming, warm, and fun spaces I've been in at a conference."
  • "I loved that it was the day before the conference. It made me feel like I had a sense of community..."
  • "It required me to analyze the relationship between town and university in a defined framework. I am continually analyzing the world around me, but often it is less useful unless there is a framework to use." 
  • "I appreciate the balance of theory and practice." 
  • "What I appreciate was the "...networking, meeting peers, having an opportunity to feel like I belonged/was connected before the actual conference began. I felt like I could attend day one of the conference hitting the ground running." 
90% of 2019's attendees said the certificate level course is applicable to any attendee! 
Space is limited. Contact Michael Fox or Emily Allen for more information. To register, click here