April 13, 2023
Announcing ITGA Conference Keynote Speaker: Jim Davidson
Join us on Wednesday, June 7, 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.
The #ITGA2022 Conference Flashback!
Last year, the City of Clemson and Clemson University rolled out the orange carpet to provide host services and showcase their vibrant community.

This year, the City of Clemson is preparing to travel to Fort Collins, Colorado, for the 15th annual ITGA Conference. With over 60 educational sessions, impactful keynotes, mobile workshops, networking and more, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from your peers. We hope you can join us! The conference program will be available next week!
From left to right, Andy Blondeau, City Administrator, Allison Gantte, Assistant City Administrator, Nathan Woods, Planning and Development Director, and John Duckworth, City Council. Also attending the conference is Mayor Robert Halfacre and Lillian Boatwright, City Council.
The Certificate in Town Gown Relations Level II
Reframing and Aligning Equity Efforts in Town Gown Communities
This pre-conference program will illuminate what is commonly taken for granted when striving for equitable outcomes and systems-level change. Participants will deepen their understanding of DEIJ with respect to vision and values that move beyond an emphasis on “outputs” towards equity and liberation that benefits all marginalized groups.

Dr. Cori Wong, Positive Philosophy Consulting, LLC
Last Chance to Nominate a Colleague!
ITGA is accepting nominations for the Presidential Excellence Award. This award honors the extraordinary achievements of members. Recipients of the award will be recognized at the ITGA Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. Submissions are due Friday, April 14. To submit a nomination, click here.
The Racial Justice and Equity Committee Meeting
Co-chaired by Summur Roberts and Nicole Prewitt, this committee serves as a central hub of conversation, content and policy development for members who envision an equitable and just world. The focus is on new and innovative ways for members to facilitate healing and liberation for historically marginalized people. Join the meeting this Thursday, 10:00 CDT.
Job Posting
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is hiring for an Executive Director. To learn more, click here.
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Is Gun Violence Scaring Off International Students?
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International Town & Gown Association
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