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Engaging Within Your Institution's Community: Navigating Town and Gown Relationships

Civic Engagement LEAD Initiative Mid-Level Senior Level
Stephanie King NASPA

Since the Ogden Collaborative gathering in May 2017 the NASPA LEAD Initiative has been working intentionally with community-based organizations to further the civic mission of higher education. A result of this intentionality is a partnership with the International Town and Gown Association to explore the dynamic interplay between higher education institutions and the communities in which these institutions reside. 

This session is intended to further explore the relationships and potential collaborations between colleges and universities and the communities in which they reside. Participants of this session can anticipate learning more about the NASPA LEAD Initiative, the International Town and Gown Association, and to learn from colleagues at institutions in Utah and Massachusetts about how they manage and create strategic partnerships.


  • Beth Bagwell
  • Becca Berkey
  • Bill Cook
  • Shane Farver
  • Mallory Pernaa
  • Rebecca Regan
  • Kimberly Santo
  • Hilary Sullivan
  • Melissa Yack Hall

Learning Outcomes

By attending this session, participants will:

  • learn more about the relationship between the International Town and Gown Association and the NASPA LEAD Initiative;
  • explore ways in which colleagues at Weber State University and Northeastern University utilize town and gown relationships; and
  • discuss the implications and potential of town and gown relationships with institutions of higher learning.  
Course Length
60 minutes
Course Type
On Demand

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