Colleges and universities are in the midst of major transformations that will redefine relationships with the broader community. As such, this program will focus on the critical importance of engaging community partners for the social revitalization of communities, both rural and urban, and the need to move away from the US versus THEM approach to dealing with town and gown conflicts. The session will cover the essential planning and communication skills necessary for town and gown cooperation in the 21st century. Case studies highlighting successful partnerships in creating a balance in relationships will be used, as will current research from members of the International Town and Gown Association.
Program attendees will grow their knowledge in the Core Competencies of Operating Strategically & Collaborating with Stakeholders.
Lisa Dvorak, Community Liaison in San Marcos, TX
Michael Fox, Mount Allison University