March 20, 11:00 am -1:00 pm (EST): Introductions and The History of Town & Gown Relations: From Conflict to Cooperation
|This introductory module will put the so-called Town and Gown relationship into historical context, as colleges and universities have existed for hundreds of years and the communities where they located have often been developed within a “framework of resentment." As we look at the university-community relationship over time, we will focus on how groups like ITGA have moved the relationship from one of dealing with land-use and resident conflicts and “putting out fires” as thousands of students return to study each year, to a professional understanding of the complex social, cultural and economic forces of the relationship that take careful and constant planning and cooperation.
|Instructor: Michael Fox, Ph.D., Research professor in Community-Engaged Learning, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada
March 27, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (EST): Strategies for Developing Strong Local Government-University Relationships and Mutually Beneficial Economic Development
|Universities and Colleges play a vital role in the success of the local economy within the communities where they reside. Studies indicate that investments by university communities to support local institutions of higher education pay dividends to surrounding city, village and county economies, especially during challenging times, such as ever increasing competition to attract new students and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A key element for economic development success in college towns is open lines of communication between university/college leadership and administration and the local government leadership and department heads. The Government Relations module for the ITGA Certificate Program will explore various communication strategies and real-life examples of successful town-gown collaborations.
|Instructor: Greg McDanel, City Manager, City of Maryville, Missouri
April 3, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (EST):Preventing Hangovers in Town Gown Relations: Creative, Effective Solutions to Reduce the Impact of High Risk Drinking in our Communities
Noise, litter, trash, crowds, vandalism, and shenanigans are among the top concerns in college and university towns. How can we come together and engage students, university staff, town partners and local residents to mitigate these incidents? Building relationships is key but our work must be grounded in effective prevention approaches to create trust and sustainable initiatives. This session will review campus and community-based approaches that get buy-in, are adaptable to various contexts, and keep the fun without the hangover.
|Instructor: Sally Linowski, Ph.D., Lecturer, Health Promotion and Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
April 10, 11:00 am-1:00 pm (EST): Town and Gown Advisory Boards
Developing and maintaining functional town-gown relationships is an effective way to problem solve. This module addresses communication strategies, proactive vs reactive approaches, current issues effecting higher ed and municipalities, and ways stakeholders can work collaboratively to enhance economic, social, and cultural impact through community engagement from the local to the global level.
|Instructor: Randall Edouard, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, SUNY Old Westbury
April 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (EST):We Can Do Anything, We Can’t Do Everything: Remaining Laser Focused when Supporting Students and our Off-Campus Communities
|The way in which we work to support students and our off-campus communities has endless possibilities. Learn how other institutions/communities approach this important work effectively. We will share ways in which we have supported students, addressed community concerns and challenges and how we identified and prioritized those concerns.
|Instructors: Dilnavaz N. Cama, Director, Office of Student Life Willie J. Young, Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement, The Ohio State University and Kerri Willson, Ed.M., Associate Dean of Students/Director of Off-Campus Living and Community Initiatives, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
April 24, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (EST) Public Safety in Town-Gown Communities
This module will highlight how public safety agencies in both town and university public safety departments can collaborate on issues while strengthening town/gown partnerships. We will dive into the benefits of working together to deal with nuisance behavior complaints from the community, ways to impact positive student/resident’s relationships through innovative programing, and address student behavior on and off campus. We will examine how information sharing is no longer a nice to have, but a must for all involved. Additionally, we will look at ways in which you can build better relationships with the community and university by promoting public safety outreach partnerships and examine how a Walk for Light initiative can be used to promote safety, security, and trust. Come with questions and leave with strategies to try in your community that can help build stronger partnerships.
|Instructors: Lt. Tom O'Donnell, Jr., University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department and Gabriel Ting, Acting Police Chief, Town of Amherst Police Department