March 23: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (EDT): Introductions and Orientation

Introductions and Orientation by Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs Melissa Selesky, Senior Director, Community Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and ITGA Board member; Kathryn Hofer, Interim Director, Student Experience, University of Guelph, Canada, and ITGA Board member; and Cooper Healey, Manager, Manchester Student Homes, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, Professional Development Committee Member and ITGA Board Member. 

March 23, 11:00 am -1:00 pm (EDT)-Session 1: Fostering Neighborhood Relations: Towards Active Engagement in Town-Gown Relations

This topic includes the tension points that impact the quality of life between non-residents and neighbors in college towns near and around the campus edge. These issues can include studentification, noise, property damage, party-related concerns, programming for off-campus students and accountability, effective ordinances/municipal laws, and more. This module explores leading practices and educational programs that address these common challenges in town-gown communities.
Instructors: Michael Fox, Ph.D., Research professor in Community-Engaged Learning, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada; Sally Linowski, Ph.D., Certified Health Education Specialists (CHAD), Associate Dean of Students, Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement.

March 30, 11:00 am 1:00 pm (EDT): Exploring Town and Gown Dialogue

In solving complex problems, communication is critical. This module focuses on creating a proactive approach to problem solving and crisis management. How do you bring everyone to the table and create a win-win for stakeholders and what are the tenets in strategies and messages that address critical issues in the community? This module addresses the “how” of engaging in productive dialogue with decision makers and key stakeholders at both the university and city, to understand how a shared appreciation of multi-agency, organizational priorities can enable greater alignment of collaborative efforts, and drawing on examples of effective programs in town-gown communities.
Instructors: Michael Akin, MBA, President, LINK Strategic Partners; Janet Lillie, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Community Relations, Michigan State University; Suchitra A. Webster, M.A., Director, Student and Community Relations, Michigan State University

April 6, 11:00 am 1:00 pm (EDT): Town and Gown Advisory Boards

Developing and maintaining functional town-gown relationships is an affective 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.
Instructors: Andy Blondeau, MPA, City Manager, Clemson, SC; Randall Edouard, Ed.D. Candidate and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dean of Students, Binghamton University

April 13, 11:00 am-1:00 pm (EDT): Focus on Building Inclusive Welcoming Communities

This module will explore innovative strategies to build an inclusive culture of belonging in town-gown communities. The instructors will discuss effective strategies and programs that build community resilience, fostering  equitable and safe environments and best practices to build and sustain inclusion and equity for students, staff and community. 
Instructors: Nicole B. Prewitt, Ed.D., Director of Programs and Partnerships for Community Engagement, The University of Alabama; Summur Roberts, M.S., Director, Office of Civic Engagement, Loyola University Chicago

April 20, 11:00 am 1:00 pm (EDT): Partnerships in Economic Development

Anchor institutions can be important drivers in economic growth and vitality. This topic addresses the impact on the global economy of the pandemic and ways town-gown communities have leveraged public and private partnerships to help foster economic recovery. Examples can include Business Improvement Districts, Public Private Partnerships, entrepreneurship start-ups, collaborative efforts between students and local businesses, stimulus funds and other effective partnerships.
Instructor: Marika Reuling, Managing Director for Allston Initiatives, Harvard University Planning & Design 

April 27, 11:00 am 1:00 pm (EDT): Project Presentations and wrap up.