2017 Conference Call for Proposals

2017 International Town & Gown Association's University-City Relations Conference
Hosted by the University of Oregon and the City of Eugene, Oregon
CommUniversity: Strengthening Town & Gown Partnerships 

The Call for Proposals is Closed.

Background and Invitation to Present
The University of Oregon and the City of Eugene are thrilled to host the 2017 ITGA Conference May 30-June 2. We are seeking dynamic, interactive and innovative presentations on subjects that provide insight into the many partnerships and topics in which our university communities and institutions of higher education engage.

The conference theme “CommUniversity: Strengthening Town & Gown Partnerships” features a term emphasizing the inextricably-linked nature of town and gown relationships. At the University of Oregon “CommUniversity” is a program title we use for our students who serve as ambassadors to residents in our near campus neighborhoods and exemplifies the overlapping intricacies of our university and community issues and partnerships.  

The conference program tracks are designed to reflect the broad range of issues and stakeholders involved in building the strong and productive relationships needed to impact economic prosperity, strategically plan and implement policies, and support the safety and well-being of our communities.

Presentation Topic Areas

Track 1: Economic Development and Impact: Strengthening the economic health of university communities
  • Tourism through arts, music, cultural, and sporting events: The significant economic impact of large-scale events hosted on or near university campuses
  • Business incubators, startups and tech corridors: The unique relationships and interactions that benefit university communities and beyond
  • Retaining local talent: Intentional strategies to attract and keep professors, student graduates, scientists, entrepreneurs and businesses
  • The economics of student housing: The market for and economic impact of on- and off-campus student, faculty and staff housing 
‚ÄčTrack 2: Planning and Policy: Strengthening programs, policies and law to support universities and communities
  • The changing landscape of marijuana and alcohol laws and regulation: Quickly evolving laws and licensing impacts on campus communities
  • Planning and land use: Ongoing campus and community growth and change of campuses and the creative relationships and partnerships with city, county, state and federal partners regarding permitting, transportation infrastructure, campus edge impacts, and funding
  • Intersection of social equity, environmental health and economic prosperity on policies:   The City of Eugene’s Triple Bottom Line tool is just one example of community efforts to ensure that projects and policies take into account equity and human rights, economic, and environmental impacts
  • Collaborative policy tools: Memorandums of Understandings, Intergovernmental Agreements, and other official agreements that enhance town and gown collaborations 
Track 3: Livability: Strengthening stewardship and safety of on-and-off campus communities
  • Emergency and resiliency management: Disaster preparation, incident management and collaboration, and provision of continuity of services after incidents occur
  • Sexual violence education, prevention/response and community connections: Innovative collaborations with universities, law enforcement, non-profit partners, policy makers and neighborhood stakeholders
  • Alcohol, marijuana, and other drug education and abuse prevention: Initiatives involving community stakeholders and partners
  • Fostering campus and community climate that embraces diversity and values equity and inclusion: Initiatives that improve climate and build relationships
  • Creating environmentally sustainable communities: Sustainable practices involving university and community partners
  • Off campus living experiences and impacts: Housing, safe and responsible parties, community service
  • Role of non-profit partners: Food security, housing, health provision, substance abuse support, and service learning opportunities
Mobile Sessions

Conference attendees from the Eugene/Springfield community are invited to submit proposals for mobile sessions on the afternoons of Wednesday, May 31, Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2. Mobile sessions offer participants the ability to leave the conference site for unique interactive experiences. Sessions 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 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 tracks.

Submission Requirements
  • Title of innovation or solution
  • Name of contact person and contact information
  • Speaker bio (100 words or less)
  • Track # and subcategory title
  • Description of the format and outline of the content and key messages
  • Abstract in 100 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 one hour: 45 minutes for presenting-15 minutes for Q & A. 
  • Technology: Computers will be provided. 
  • Proposal Submission Deadlines: You must submit your proposal on or before February 1, 2017.
  • Authors notified of selection: You will be notified on or before March 15, 2017 regarding the status of your proposal.