Wednesday June 7, 2023
7:30 am - 4:00 pm Conference Registration - Lory Student Center
8:00 am - 9:15 am: Land Acknowledgement, Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker: Ballroom
Track 4 Keynote Speaker Jim Davidson; Resilience Expert, Expedition Leader, and Author
Abstract: As best-selling author and adventurer, Jim Davidson shares his adventures and resilience lessons. A high-altitude leader, Jim has scaled high peaks from Argentina to Nepal, and Bolivia to Tibet. From his 39 years of adventure and survival, Jim distills compelling stories and uplifting lessons about how to overcome change, challenge, and uncertainty.
9:30 am-10:30 am: Concurrent Session 1
Track 4 Room-308 Title: The Community Impact Report and Importance of Storytelling in Community Engagement
Abstract: Universities are deeply engaged community partners in cities and towns across the country. They not only carry weight as influential land owners and local investment engines, but sustain communities through programs, services and research that support healthy, sustainable and equitable neighborhoods. This presentation focuses on methods that empower universities to best capture data and develop the stories behind it to share this work with a larger constituency.
Presenter: Summur Roberts, Director of Neighborhood Initiatives for Health Science Campus, Loyola University Chicago
Track 4 Room-302 Title: Strategic Planning: How the University of the District of Columbia Ignited the Path Forward
Abstract: UDC left no stone unturned during the recent expansion of its previous strategic plan, the Equity Imperative. Hear from representatives of UDC and LINK Strategic Partners and as they break down the innovative strategies and guiding principles behind UDC’s comprehensive and expansive community outreach and stakeholder engagement process. From on-campus events to surveys, UDC’s success emphasizes the importance of meeting stakeholders where they are and a relentless commitment to engagement
Presenters: Dr. Monique Guillory, Chief of Staff/Senior Vice President, University of the District of Columbia; Michael Akin, President; Poppy Humphrey, Director of Standards and Accountability, LINK Strategic Partners
Track 1 Room-304 Title: Modern Crisis Intervention from University to Community: How Fort Collins is Creating a National Standard for Care
Abstract: This presentation will provide participants with fundamental knowledge and concrete actions they can take to implement a coresponse program on their campus. We will discuss program design and delivery options, as well as key metrics to gather to demonstrate program outcomes and impact, as well as how this information is reported to stakeholders. The presentation will utilize our work here in Fort Collins as a case study to demonstrate application of this information.
Presenters: Stephanie Williams, Clinical Supervisor for UCHealth co-responders in Northern Colorado; Jay Callaghan, Chief of Police at Colorado State University; Officer Meagan Robinson, Fort Collins Police Services
Track 4 Room-324 Title: Beyond Knock n’ Talks: Rethinking Off Campus Student Engagement
Abstract: What happens when your tried-and-true outreach model can’t get off the ground? Come learn about how we rethought student outreach in the face of that very situation. Our seasoned knock ‘n talk model was focused on responding to the needs of and the issues surrounding current off campus students. Faced with a need to innovate in our off campus approach, we sought new collaborative solutions to old challenges. By setting our sights on the “long game” and moving away from a strong postvention focus, we embraced a fresh mindset around preparing students for their new communities. Along the way, we learned lessons that informed our revamped approach to knock ‘n talk style outreach for the spring semester.
Presenters: Joe Maspo, MA, Off Campus Student Life Coordinator and Maura Roberts MPPA, M.Ed, Associate Director for Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement, UMass Amherst
Track 1 Room-322 Title: Event Registration - Instrumental in Reducing Negative Impact in the Community
Abstract: JHU has over 400 recognized groups. With the volume of events, we began using an engagement platform called Hopkins Groups to manage all events both on/off campus. There are several steps in the registration process, including reserving space, policy compliance review and ensuring safeguards are in place such as sober event monitors when alcohol is provided. Since instituting Hopkins Groups, this accountability measure has been instrumental in reducing neighborhood disturbances and alcohol related incidents.
Presenter: Jon Walter, Student/Community Liaison and Calvin Smith, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Johns Hopkins University
Track 3 Room-312 Title: Student Housing Trends: Five Trends Seen Across the Nation Relating to Student Housing
Abstract: College Pads, the company powering Colorado State University’s rental housing search system, gathers data about student housing coast to coast through their many university partnerships. Attend this workshop to learn about five student-housing related trends they are seeing nationwide and how Colorado State University is responding and planning.
Presenters: Lindsay Mason, Off-Campus Life, Director, Colorado State University; Chris Hoff, VP of Partnerships, College Pads
10:45 am -11:45 am: Concurrent Session 2
Track 3 Room-322 Title: Measuring and Monetizing Social Impact: A New Way to Value Community Engagement in K-12 and Higher Education
Abstract: Using the language of money, this collaborative session will demonstrate the economic, social, and environmental impact and value of community engagement in learning ecosystems. Outputs can be challenging to articulate in a compelling way to all stakeholders. As such, Ohio University’s Center for Campus and Community Engagement used the Social Return on Investment model to analyze partnerships with Building Bridges to Careers and other regional public partners—a framework for calculating and communicating social impact.
Presenters: Mary Nally, MSES, Director, Center for Campus and Community Engagement, Ohio University; Claire Ramsey, Ed.D., Network Resource Coordinator, Building Bridges to Careers
Track 4 Room-302 Title: Reproached – Review – Rebuild - Restore
Abstract: In the summer of 2019, organizers of the City of Bloomington Community Farmers Market were notified that one of the vendors had ties to white nationalists. Residents participated in public meetings to debate whether the vendors should be asked to leave or allowed to stay, and there were protests against and counterprotests in defense of this particular vendor. Coupled with concurrent national tragedies, including the mass shootings in Dayton (OH) and El Paso (TX) in the same month, Bloomington’s community leaders wanted to calm the community. They realized that if supporters of white nationalism were present in the farmers’ market then they were likely elsewhere in the community. This session will address how City leadership addressed the conflicting concerns, continued to protect all involved.
Presenters: Beverly Calender-Anderson, Director, Community and Family Resources Department and Mary Catherine Carmichael, Deputy Mayor, City of Bloomington, IN
Track 4 Room-308 Title: Overcoming Challenges Together: A City-Community-University Partnership to Address Mental Health Concerns & Build Resilience
Abstract: The pandemic highlighted the need for increased emphasis on community mental health in Ames, Iowa. In response to rising suicide numbers, especially among students, the City of Ames set aside funding for a mental health wellness, recovery, and resiliency initiative, and partnered with Iowa State University and community agencies to increase awareness of mental health services and resources. This session presents the ongoing efforts of the City and its partners to address community mental health.
Presenter: Dr. Gloria Betcher, City Council Representative and Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Ames, IA
Track 3 Room-304 Title: Free, Fast and Fun!! Meeting and Event Resources from your Convention and Visitor Bureau Professionals
Abstract: Learn how to work with your Convention and Visitor Bureau for meetings and conferences of all sizes. CVB’s have THE CONNECTIONS to make your life easier and your event stand out. Talented professionals know where the hidden gems are in your community, how to find speakers, catering, balloon décor and a few things you’ve never even thought about. Join the fun to learn the language ONLY travel and event professionals speak.
Presenter: Heather Anderson, Director, Visit Greeley; Cynthia Eichler, President and CEO, Visit Fort Collins, CO
Track 1 Room-312 Title: Off-Campus Relations works collaboratively with ASU departments to provide a holistic approach to support students who reside off-campus
Abstract: At Arizona State University, campus community is created through ensuring students feel valued and connected in their off-campus affiliate apartment communities. Partnerships with city staff, community members, and various university departments cultivate a positive culture of student success and well-being. This program highlights our partnerships and efforts to provide resources to enhance the student experience for our off-campus student community to provide a holistic student experience. Off-Campus Relations (OCR) is a team that supports students living off-campus by creating a seamless transition from on-campus housing to the surrounding community. The team educates students on what it means to be a good neighbor and also collaborates with apartment managers for the success of our students in relation to student safety and well-being.
Presenters: Stephanie Salazar, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director, Off-Campus Housing and Relations and Brenda Young, MPH, Assistant Director, Student Wellness Health Program, Arizona State University
Track 4 Room-324 Title: Innovative Campus and Community-Based Initiatives Designed to Combat Food Insecurity
Abstract: More than 34 million people, including 9 million children are impacted by food insecurity across the United States. The lack of consistent access to healthy food has widespread implications for communities. This session will examine three innovative programs/initiatives coordinated by the Office of Service-Learning at the University of Georgia that aim to reduce food insecurity. Participants will examine best practices and learn from over 10 years of work combatting food insecurity in Athens-Clarke County.
Presenters: Dr. Shannon Brooks, Director, Office of Service-Learning and Joshua Podvin, Assistant Director for Community Partnership, University of Georgia
11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Ballroom
Track 4 Room-Ballroom Title: Rise and Thrive: Building Campus-Community Partnerships to Support the Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Students
Abstract: The Rise and Thrive Initiative provided dedicated funding and a variety of supports for Ohio’s colleges and universities – and their community partners – as they planned and implemented COVID recovery efforts focused on mental and behavioral health to deal with the emotional trauma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenters: Dr. Holly Raffle, Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University; Matthew Courser, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE); Nicole Schiesler, President and CEO, PreventionFirst!; Julie Cameron, Project Consultant, PreventionFIRST!
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm: Concurrent Session 3
Track 2 Room-312 Title: How to Have a Successful E-bike and E-scooter Share Program
Abstract: A panel of representatives from Spin, Fort Collins, and Colorado State University will discuss in an interactive session how the Spin program in Fort Collins became one of the most successful examples of bike share and scooter share in the nation. The joint contract of the City and University with Spin and involvement of City and University staff are critical elements. Participants will provide immediate data about their communities to guide the discussion and describe how they can apply lessons learned to their communities.
Presenters: Rachel Ruhlen, Transportation Planner, FC Moves, City of Fort Collins; Erika Benti, Active Transportation Professional at Colorado State University; Jimmy Gilman, Head of Government Partnerships, US Central – Spin; Bruce Gammonley – Operations Lead, Fort Collins & Meridian – Spin
Track 4 Room-302 Title: The Great Big ITGA Pub Quiz
Abstract: The Great Big ITGA Pub Quiz - A learning experience in the Great British Pub style Pub quizzes are a British staple! We invite you to come to the pub and grab a drink while you test your knowledge, work as part of a pub quiz team and learn something new about Town and Gown relations on both sides of the Atlantic. Prizes will be given for the best team name!
Presenters: Cooper Healey, Manager and David Barrington, Off-Campus Student Affairs Officer, Manchester Student Homes, University of Manchester
Track 4 Room-308 Title: Answering the Call in College Park, MD: How We Are Generating Resident Participation and Leadership in Large-Scale Service Initiatives
Abstract: When hosting a large-scale service initiative, it is imperative that not only are our community partners aware and supportive of the initiative but are directly involved in the planning and execution of the initiative. Join our presentation to learn how we generated resident participation and leadership in our large-scale service project, Good Neighbor Day. Further, we briefly examine the highs and lows of the initiative’s 11 years, to share the expanse of our impact.
Presenters: Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Director and Antonya Huntenburg da Silva, Digital Media and Communications Specialist, Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland
Track 4 Room-304 Title: The Current College Experience, a Panel Discussion with Students
Abstract: Throughout college, students have a range of unique experiences while navigating school both on and off campus. This discussion will center around the perspectives of college students’ experiences inside and outside the classroom, told through their own voices. This panel discussion will highlight college student experiences, challenges and lessons learned..
Presenters: Moderator: Cory Peterson, Assistant Vice President for Community and Government Relations, American University; Chase Cromwell, Student Government President, University of Colorado Boulder; Jessica Williams, Student Government Senator, Texas A&M University; Jessica Binckley Student Body Vice President, Kansas State University; Drew Longaberger, Student Intern, City of Athens, OH
Track 4 Room-322 Title: Choices to Great Plays: Engaging Partners in Student Well-being
Abstract: A collaboration strategy used by health prevention experts to gain support from campus partners is obtaining outside funding specific to your health promotion goal(s). This provides partner buy-in to collective goals while maintaining focus on achieving grant deliverables. Come learn how a large public university student services team leveraged these resources to cultivate and maintain a collaborative relationship to enhance overall student wellbeing in an effort to reduce substance misuse.
Presenters: Brenda Young, MPH, Assistant Director, Student Wellness Health Program; Cienna Samiley, Peer Health Educator; Deana Garner, Senior Associate Athletic Director/DEI & Title IX Officer, Arizona State University
Track 4 Room-324 Title: Democratic Civic Engagement as Town-Gown Cornerstone: An Election Season Case Study
Abstract: The 2020 and 2022 Election cycles can be seen as case studies of town-gown partnership when examining voter mobilization and an embrace of civic discourse. As we look to the 2024 general election, town-gown communities will create their own playbooks for effective action. In this session you will learn how to build community and transform relationships by: Examining comprehensive democratic engagement plans; Learning how to utilize partnerships with municipalities, clerks, and other election officials; and Preparing to craft your own planning for elections and beyond.
Presenters: Suchitra Webster, M.A., Director, Student and Community Relations and Erin Kramer, MSW, Democratic Engagement Coordinator, Michigan State University
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Concurrent Session 4
Track 1 Room-304 Title: Drinking Beer. Talking God. Amen - Georgetown University’s Approach to Student Noise and Disruptive Behavior in the Neighborhood
Abstract: Georgetown University’s Student Neighborhood Assistance Program (SNAP) is a service coordinated by the Office of Neighborhood Life (ONL) to enhance safety, assist & educate students, and respond to concerns from student and non-student community members about quality of life issues to include noise and trash. In this session, we will discuss how SNAP was established, review its mission and operations (including staff and budget) and statistical trends.
Presenters: Gwen Coleman, MPA, Interim Director, Office of Neighborhood Life, Georgetown University; Cory Peterson, Assistant Vice President for Community and Government Relations, American University
Track 4 Room-308 Title: The Journey of African American Males in Senior Level Positions in Higher Education
Abstract: The purpose of this conference proposal is to present my dissertation study, which was executed to examine, understand, and interpret the lived experiences of four African American male university presidents. Through phenomenological interviewing (Seidman, 2006), and grounded in critical race methodology (Peoples, 2020), the participants detailed their lived experiences through their respective journeys in senior level positions in higher education including the university presidency.
Presenter: Dr. Randall M-J Edouard, Vice President of Student Affairs, SUNY Old Westbury
Track 3 Room-302 Title: Kent Skates and Other Ways We Bind Our City and University Relationship
Abstract: The presenters will share context and discuss some of the recent ventures and joint projects that focuses on establishing “Win-Win” initiatives between the City and University. Examples include the establishment of a public ice rink downtown, canvassing for safety pertaining to off campus high risk parties, shared resources for public safety, efforts to support downtown businesses and incorporating city accomplishments into the University’s admissions recruiting strategy.
Presenters: Todd Kamenash, Associate Dean of Students for Conduct and Community Engagement, Kent State University
Track 4 Room-324 Title: Town-Gown Collaboration Beyond the President
Abstract: Among the scholarly and practitioner literature, there is a plethora of information that highlights the significant role the university president plays in town-gown relations. But what about other folks? This presentation draws from my qualitative doctoral dissertation to describe the experiences of university employees tasked with managing the town-gown relationship as well as exploring town-gown collaboration.
Presenter: Dr. Harriett Steinbach, Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Illinois State University
Track 4 Room-312 Title: OH-IO: Exploring the Rise and Thrive State Initiative
Abstract: The Rise and Thrive Initiative provided dedicated funding and a variety of supports for Ohio’s colleges and universities – and their community partners – as they planned and implemented COVID recovery efforts focused on mental and behavioral health to deal with the emotional trauma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. With support of federal and state funding, twelve Ohio campus community partnerships were selected to implement strategies to increase awareness and accessibility of student mental and behavioral health.
Presenters: Nicole Schiesler, President and CEO and Julie Cameron, Project Consultant, PreventionFIRST!
Track 4 Room-322 Title: Engaging Across Difference: Building Capacity Across Universities, Cities, and Communities
Abstract: The City of Fort Collins, CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation, and CSU’s grassroots leadership development program, The Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado at CSU Extension, have collaborated over the last 5 years to build civic capacity in Fort Collins to engage diverse voices that have been historically left out of policy and decision-making processes. This session will share key tools utilized throughout that process and lessons learned.
Presenters: Patti Schmitt, Community Development Director, Office of Engagement and Extension and Sabrina Slagowski-Tipton, Managing Director, Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University; Meaghan Overton, AICP, Housing Manager, City of Fort Collins
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Mobile Sessions-Registration Required
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: CSU/City of Fort Collins Evening Reception
|After a full day of conference events, unwind and join us for an evening of entertainment and networking with colleagues at Colorado State University’s Canvas Stadium on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music, delicious food and beverage, and field-level surprise! You don't want to miss this event!